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Rasheed Williams AKA “Koka Da Doll,” Star of Film on Trans Sex Workers, Fatally Shot in Atlanta

HeadlineApr 24, 2023

In Atlanta, Rasheeda Williams, also known as Koko Da Doll — the star of the award-winning documentary “Kokomo City,” about the lives of a group of Black trans sex workers — was fatally shot last week. The 35-year-old is the latest victim in a wave of violent attacks against trans women in Atlanta, following the April 11 murder of Ashley Burton and a shooting in January that left another trans woman in critical condition.

Meanwhile, in Maryland, a transgender woman is suing the state’s Department of Corrections after she was improperly held in a jail for men, where she was sexually assaulted and denied medical treatment. According to the federal lawsuit, Chelsea Gilliam, who is Black, was then transferred to another facility and placed in solitary confinement for three months. She was in custody from December 2021 to May 2022, and says she continues to suffer from anxiety and depression.

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