Sadly we lost far too many people in 2017 due to anti-trans violence..
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. With four days left in this year, we have lost 24 people to anti-trans violence. FYI unlike other lists, I count from January 1 to December 31 in the same calendar year.
Of those 24 people, 18 of them were African American trans people, with the youngest being just 17 years old. 17 of the eighteen trans African American murdered were trans feminine.
Sadly, of the four trans people we lost in Texas, two were African American, and one was in my H-town backyard in Brandi Seals.
Ky Peterson, who is unjustly still in a Georgia jail for killing his attacker while defending himself against being sexually assaulted.
Let's make this the last Christmas that Ky spends in jail. You can check out the FreeKy website for news on his case.
Andrea is the first out Black trans women elected to public office since Althea Garrison did son in 1990. Cunningham is the first out Black trans masculine person elected to ANY public office. Cunningham in his Ward 4 race beat a 20 year incumbent who was also the council president .
Jenkins and Cunningham are also the first trans persons of any ethnicity elected to a large metropolitan city council in a city over 250,000 in population.
Black trans people continued to make strides in Hollywood. Angelica Ross was tapped for roles on the shows Claws and the upcoming FX series Pose. Mya Taylor was tapped for a recurring role in AMC's Dietland. Laverne Cox was nominated for an Emmy for her Sophia Burset role on the show Orange Is The New Black.
Appolition app created with his business partner Tiffany Mikell that uses spare change to bail Black people out of jail. He and Tiffany are also seeking to raise a half million dollars for their start up tech company.
That's just a small snapshot of what the Black trans community accomplished during 2017. What groundbreaking things and history will we make in 2018?