First trans woman murdered in US in 2019
An Alabama woman has become the first reported murder of a trans person in the US in 2019.
Dana Martin was shot dead on Sunday (January 6) near the 3900 block of Brewer Road, Montgomery, reports local paper the Montgomery Advertiser.
Police were called to a shooting at 11pm on January 6, where they found Martin with a fatal gunshot wound in a car in a ditch.
The paper did not mention Martin’s gender.
Trans woman Dana Martin is shot dead
However, LGBT+ activists in Montogmery told Attitude that she was a trans woman.
Meta Ellis and Harvey McDaniel, who work for Montgomery Pride United, told the publication that they have been in touch with police about using Martin’s correct gender.
At least 26 trans people were murdered in the US in 2018, with the majority being trans women of colour
Most trans murder victims in 2018 were trans women of colour
The actual number, however, could be higher as there is no official data collection on crimes against trans people, and trans murder victims have been known to be misgendered by local press.
In November, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a report looking at the high levels of violence against America’s transgender community.
It found that 74 percent of identified transgender murder victims were misgendered (referred to using their birth gender) or deadnamed (referred to using their birth name) in initial police or media reports surrounding their deaths.
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