Monday, May 20, 2019
Washington was transported to Temple University Hospital where she subsequently died after her arrival.
Now for the grim stats. Washington is now the 4th trans person we've lost to anti-trans violence in 2019 and the second in less than 24 hours. As you probably suspected, all the trans people we have lost in 2019 have been African American.
Philadelphia police found three shell casings at the scene, and are looking for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of thee perpetrators of this crime.
As of yet no word about a memorial service, but will post that information once I receive it from my Philly trans family. She was also known as Tameka to her close friends in the community
Rest in power and peace, Michelle. You not only will be remembered by everyone who loved you, we will not rest until the person who committed this crime is rotting in a jail cell.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019
Contact Monica Roberts BTAC Media Chair 346-310-0824
Dee Dee Watters BTWI President
855-255-8636 Ext 11
As a Dallas based organization, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition expressed our anger and dismay concerning the April 12 hate attack visited upon our sibling Muhlaysia Booker. We were happy to hear that Dallas police arrested Edward Thomas in connection with that case, and are aware that the investigation into that transphobic mob attack on her is ongoing.
This afternoon BTAC was shocked, angered, stunned and saddened to learn that the trans woman found dead Saturday morning in far east Dallas was positively identified as Muhlaysia Booker.
The 23 year old Booker was found shot to death in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Drive near the Tenison Park golf course. As of yet there are no suspects in this case, and if you have any information that will lead to the arrest of the person or persons who killed our sibling, we urge you to call the Dallas Police Department.
BTAC wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family of Ms Booker and all the people who loved her.
Rest in power and peace, Muhlaysia. You didn't deserve this. BTAC is committed as an organization to do what we can as a organization and as members of this community to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice.
One of the reasons why BTAC is extremely angry about this murder besides it happening in our headquarters city, is because back on April 29 Monica Roberts traveled to Austin immediately after the conclusion of our 8th annual conference to represent BTAC and testify in favor of HB 1513, a bill that would have added gender identity to the James Byrd Hate Crimes Act.
Unfortunately, after her testimony and the testimony of several other Texas trans people as to the necessity of us being covered in this hate crimes legislation, the bill was left pending in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. HB 1513 has died for this 2019 session.
Now Muhlaysia has unfortunately joined the ancestors, and the negative message continues to be sent that it is open season on trans people in the Lone Star State and everywhere else in this country.
When will you care that our Black Trans Lives Matter? When will Texas legislators right the wrong that occurred in the 1999 and 2001 legislative sessions that resulted in trans people being cut from the Byrd Hate Crimes Act?
When will you stop killing us? When will other Black community organizations join BTAC in not only condemning this and other killings of Black trans people. but commit themselves to coordinated action in our Black community to eradicate anti-trans violence?
23 year old Muhlaysia Booker survived a brutal April 12 assault by a mob in an apartment complex in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood. Today it is my sad duty to report that Ms Booker was found shot to death Saturday morning by responding Dallas police officers at 6:40 AM CDT in the 7200 block of Valley Glen Dr. near the Tenison Park golf course in east Dallas.
Booker was pronounced dead at the scene due to 'homicidal violence'. There are also no suspects as of yet in her murder. I know where y'all can start looking, DPD. How about every transphobic fool that was videotaped throwing blows at her on April 12?
Rest in power and peace Muhlaysia.
This one's personal to me, her loved ones, BTAC and every trans Texan. As BTMI president Trenton Johnson said on my FB page, "They attack her in one month and then take her life the next!! This has to stop!"
I agree. It needs to stop. I want the waste of DNA who killed Muhlaysia to be expeditiously captured and brought to justice.
Booker is now officially the third trans person to die due to anti-trans violence in the US in 2019, and our first in the Lone Star State this year. All three trans persons who have been killed in 2019 so far have been African American
This one infuriates me even more because it not only happened here in Texas, it is because of what happened to Booker back in April. It also happens after HB 1513, a bill sponsored by Rep. Garnet Coleman that would have added trans people to the state's James Byrd Hate Crimes Act, died in the House State Affairs Committee committee for this session.
What is really pissing me off is that we are still sorting out the fallout from the transphobic April 12 mob assault on her in Oak Cliff and were engaged in getting justice for her in that case.
Now she's dead and her family is now planning her funeral.
I have to ask the question of the Texas NAACP and other organizations in the Black community not named Black Lives Matter or Black Trans Advocacy Coalition. Do y'all even care about the lives of Black trans people, much less Black trans women?
Your silence, Texas NAACP tells me otherwise.
If any memorial services are scheduled, I will pass that info along to you as I receive it.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Thanks to all the House Democrats who supported this legislation. Huge thanks also to Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) for her mic drop level speech excoriating the Republican attempt to kill the bill
Unfortunately since the Republicans control the Senate, that means the bill will not be taken up by the Republican majority. That's okay, you can punish then at the polls in 2020 for their lack of political vision.
But celebrate this win, and let's begin tomorrow getting control of the Senate and the White House so we can make this the law of the land.
Congrats to you as well Sybastian! So proud of you!
Shout outs also go to you Trans Class of 2019 members who are moving from elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, high school to college, or college to postgraduate education.
ConGRADulations, Trans Class of 2019! I salute you, and everyone who loves you also is celebrating the major milestone in your lives. Can't wait to see what happens for all of you in the near future.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
I was happy to discover that another Shaft movie is due to hit my fave multiplex on June 14.
JJ is an MIT educated FBI cybersecurity expert who enlists his father and uncle's help to investigate the murder of one of his friends. Regina Hall plays his mother in the new film.
And as you guessed, there is plenty of butt kicking going on as the investigation gets deeper. As Shaft II tells his son, "I'm an equal opportunity azz whupper."
And yes, I'm already planning on being there for opening weekend.
Monday, May 13, 2019
Once again, the people most in need of being covered by that act were left out in the political cold as the bill died in committee. Never mind the fact that we'd had two Black trans people attacked in Dallas and Killeen a week apart BEFORE I made the trip to Austin to testify in favor of that bill.
Nia Brooke Smith was verbally abused by Hampton as she walked into the Waffle House on Hamilton Road near Main Street in Southaven around 3:00 AM CST on May 10 to simply get some food and head home.
Smith was taken to Regional One Hospital in Memphis for treatment. Prayers going up to Nia and her family, and I hope she has a speedy recovery from her injuries.
I also want justice for Nia as well.
This is also not Hampton''s first brush with the law. As a 19 year old Lane College student he was arrested after he shot someone in the leg during an on campus altercation.
Mississippi does have a hate rimes law, but it doesn't cover gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Mississippi police and sheriffs departments are not required to report hate crimes to the FBI. Two bills to update the Magnolia State's hate crimes laws, House Bill 1494 and Senate Bill 2163 failed to advance out of committee in the Republican controlled Mississippi Legislature.
But back to discussing what happened here in Southaven. The Black trans community is beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of Black trans women (and Black trans men) being assaulted by cis Black people because you have a personal problem with us existing.
You also need to work out whatever toxic masculinity issues you have with a therapist. Black Trans World is not here to be your punching bags to make you feel better about your miserable selves.
FYI to you trans attracted men trying to hook up with us. Spouting anti-trans insults when you're hanging out with your homies, then trying to get with us on the sly later is not a good look for you, and is a real turnoff.
Black trans people are Black people. We exist, and we aren't going away or back into the closet. If you have a problem with us living our lives, that's on you. It does not give you cis Black people carte blanche to disrespect us, put your hands on us, or kill us.
Contrary to what you peeps may think, violently putting your hands on a Black trans woman or killing us WILL get you serious jail time.
And it needs to stop. Today.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Tweaking a famous Malcolm X quote. “The most disrespected woman in America is the Black trans woman. The most unprotected woman in America is the Black trans woman. The most neglected woman in America is the Black trans woman.”
11:16 AM - 9 May 2019
I recently posted a comment on my Twitter and Facebook feeds on the morning of May 9 that remixed the famous Malcolm X statement about Black women by simply inserting the word 'trans' in it.
Seems that Indya Moore in the wake of me posting that Twitter and Facebook comment, posted this problematic one on her social media.
And before I get started, if you want to know who I am, Google my name, become one of my 16.5K followers on Twitter or ask your POSE producer Janet Mock.
Who I am Mx Moore in addition to being unapologetically Black and trans, is the person who has been tracking the murders of Black trans women for much of the 13 year history of my GLAAD award winning blog. That's more than half of your entire lifespan on planet Earth.
Last year there were 25 trans people killed in the US. Of those 25 people, 19 of them were Black. 18 of those 19 Black people killed were Black trans women. Only one was trans/GNC and it's still a question mark about whether Nino Fortson actually identified that way.
The reason I made that trip is because back in the 1999 and 2001 Texas legislative sessions when I was a rookie activist and this bill was proposed, trans people were cut out of it.
Trans people being cut out of human rights legislation they needed to be included in was a sad and sorry part of the 'incremental progress' legislative mantra that lesbian and gay led orgs practiced in the late 20th- early 21st century. While that's starting to change, sometimes the old habits because of internalized TBLGQ community transphobia still die hard.
But the damage that has been done to trans people because of the incremental progress strategy is real. 34 states can fire you just for being trans. We have people in the Black cis community who visit violence upon us because they believe they won't be severely punished for it.
We just had another Black trans woman shot in suburban Memphis on Thursday. Back in January in my Houston hometown, I had a Black trans woman shot at point blank range three times in broad daylight at a gas station that is a mile from the part of Houston where I live.
And don't even get me started talking about Black trans women being banned from joining Zeta Phi Beta, a Divine Nine sorority, or the anti-trans agenda of the Trump misadministration aimed squarely at trans folks that will disproportionately impact trans people of color, and especially Black trans women.
Indya, there is overwhelming evidence that what I said in the remix of Brother Malcolm's statement is undeniably true in the Black trans woman being the most disrespected, most unprotected and most marginalized woman in America|
And I will sadly always be able to pull out receipts from multiple sources to back that statement up.
While I personally reject that problematic line of thinking, it's still out there in elements of the community, and comments like the one you posted don't help that situation.
Mx Moore, you have the potential to become a leader in our community. You have a platform provided by your visibility as a breakout star on POSE to reach millions. But with that platform comes great responsibility, and one of those responsibilities is not putting out problematic social media statements that can be easily debunked.
You also as a social media influencer also have to be careful about the words you write, tweet or post
It's your call as to what evolutionary next steps you decide to take or decide what type of a leader you wish to be.
But Indya, Black trans women are exactly what I said they were in my May 9 statement, and it's up to all of us to do the work necessary to change that current paradigm. .
Friday, May 10, 2019
Moore is not only Black Trans Excellence personified, Moore also uses they them pronouns.
Despite a challenging childhood and early adulthood, ,it seems that life has now moved into an amazing sweet spot for Moore. Opportunities are opening up for them as Pose kicks off its second season on June 11. Moore now has a major fashion magazine cover to their credit, and made history in the process.
And yes, Moore wants to remind you peeps that they are unapologetically Black, and you need to acknowledge them and the Black trans community.
Sometimes I feel like i have to remind people that I'm black and that makes me feel less black, But yeah! I'm black and I'm trans and I'm here and I think it's important our community acknowledges black trans people because we are murdered countlessly in our own communities.
I'm not only looking forward to meeting her one day, I'm looking forward to seeing how their character Angel continues to evolve on the show