Thursday, October 15, 2015
Argentine Trans Activist Diana Sacayan Murdered
There has been an unfortunate spike in anti-trans murders in Pope Francis' home country, with three happening this month. Ominously, all three have been trans activists.
The latest was respected Argentine activist Diana Sacayan, who was found dead by fellow activists in her Buenos Aires apartment Tuesday with multiple stab wounds. Speculation is that she was murdered over the weekend
Sacayan was active in MAL, Moviemento Antidiscriminatorio de Liberacion, the local LGBT human rights organization in Argentina, and she was active in international activist circles as an alternate member of the Trans Secretariat of the International Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Assn (ILGA)
In 2012, she made history in her home country by being part of the first group of Argentine trans persons to change their gender markers without having to seek approval from healthcare professionals under the provisions of Argentina's groundbreaking Gender Identity Law.
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner handed Sacayan her new government ID in a live televised ceremony
Buenos Aires police are searching for two men who may have known Ms. Sacayan, and the building superintendent reported that the door to her apartment was broken from the inside, indicating she may have known her attackers.
Rest in power, Diana. Hope the people who did this will be swiftly caught and punished for this crime.