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2019 Hanging Death of Black Trans Woman “Tete” Gulley in Portland, Oregon, Receives New Attention

HeadlineJun 17, 2020

Human Rights Campaign has added “Tete” Gulley (also spelled as “Titi”) to its list of transgender or gender non-conforming people killed in the U.S. in 2019 bringing the count to at least 28. Gulley was found hanging from a tree in Portland Oregon on May 27, 2019. The local medical examiner ruled her death to be a suicide, but her family believes she may have been killed. Her death received renewed attention this week as federal authorities probe two recent hanging deaths of Black men in California. (Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, Democracy Now! incorrectly reported her death occurred last month). Meanwhile, in New York, a protest is scheduled for Saturday to demand a full investigation into the death of Dominique Alexander, a 27-year-old Black man who was found hanged in a Manhattan park last week. The local medical examiner’s office ruled the cause of his death to be suicide.

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