For my trans family in Philadelphia and our allies, been advised by Nika Jewell, one of my Philly area TransGriot readers there will be a Speak Out and Vigil for Diamond Williams, the girl like us who was horribly murdered in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city by Charles Sargent.
There will be representatives from
GALAEI’s TIP (Trans-health Information Program) and Mazzoni Center’s
Trans* Wellness Project at this speak out and vigil designed to honor the name and life of our trans sister who
was lost to violence, and issue a call for justice and respect.
Violence against trans women is unfortunately a harsh reality in the city of Brotherly Love as evidenced by the murders of Stacey Blahnik Lee and Kyra Cordova.
This speak out and vigil event is an opportunity
for Philadelphia community members to gather, speak and organize against the
violence that continues to claim and threaten the lives of transgender women in
People who will be speaking at this vigil are:
Aamina Morrison– TIP Co-Director
Samantha Jo Dato – Trans* Wellness Project
Christian Axavier Lovehall – Philly Trans* March
Sade Ali –Philadelphia Deputy Commissioner Department of Behavioral
Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Morris Home Founder
Gloria Casarez - Director of LGBT Affairs, Mayor's Office
The event will take place at LOVE Park, 1599 John F. Kennedy Blvd in Philadelphia, PA from 5:30-6:30 PM EDT. Hope you can attend it and pay your respects to the name and memory of Diamond Williams.