Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-07-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Tiara Richmond: a trans woman of color murdered on Chicago's South Side
by Gretchen Rachel Hammond
2017-02-22

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


On the morning of Feb. 21, national media was slowly picking up on the story that the Trump administration intended to roll back Title IX guidance for transgender students. As has been the pattern since, Jan. 20 attention nationwide was focused entirely on what was precisely going to emerge from The White House and when.

At 6 am in the Chicago South Side neighborhood of Englewood, a 24-year-old transgender woman of color Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond (AKA Keke Collier) was shot dead while engaging in a job that, for a majority of transgender women of color who are shunned by schools, churches, employers or, in some cases, their own family, is their only means of survival—sex work or, as it is known locally "on the stroll."

Richmond's murder makes her the second transgender woman in as many years in Chicago following the 2015 murder of T.T. Saffore. She is the fourth transgender individual to have lost their lives to violence in 2017.

Her story did not make any national headlines. Early local reports from ABC mis-gendered her as male. That story has since been taken down.

On the evening of Feb. 22, shortly before Trump and the Department of Justice officially revoked Obama's guidance on Title IX transgender protections, a group of 20 family members and friends gathered at 76th Street and Stewart Avenue in a vigil for their fallen daughter and friend.

Brave Space Alliance Executive Director and tireless community advocate LaSaia Wade was among the attendees at the vigil that was as much about mourning her loss as it was celebrating and remembering Richmond as a person.

"The family was grieving, but it wasn't just tears. There was laughter, there was love," she told Windy City Times. "[Tiara] was the oldest sibling of three girls and she was really loved by her family. She was the life of the party."

Wade added that, when Richmond went out to enjoy herself with her friends, she was the envy of the dance floor.

"Her sisters said that she was a person you could always talk to," Wade said. "The one they confided in. They didn't understand, but they knew she was family so they really didn't care. No matter what, she had a place to go."

During the vigil, one individual said that, despite the love of her family, it was hard for Richmond to make a living "as who she was."

Wade also wondered why Richmond was mis-gendered by the CPD and the press when her gender identity was accepted by her family and friends.

There is a nationwide movement to legalize sex-work as a means of reducing the violence faced by those who engage in it either as their only means of survival, or in some cases, a career.

Many of the transgender women on the streets of the South and West sides would use the adult section of Backpage.com in order to avoid having to be out in the open and so open targets.

On Jan. 17, 2017 Backpage closed its adult section.

Suburban Police Chiefs like Michael Kilbourne of Carpentersville hailed it in reports from the Chicago Tribune as the shutting off of "an avenue that lends itself to illegal and illicit activities."

However, Wade sees the closure as putting trans women and others engaged in sex work in greater danger.

"The closure of Backpage was an attack by Conservatives," she said. "What kills me about that is that Conservatives were on Backpage looking for sex workers. A lot of sex workers reached out to me and asked 'what am I supposed to do now?' It cut off a vital avenue for their income. People have to go back on the street again."

The street was where Richmond was robbed of her life. Saffore in 2015 and Paige Clay and Tiffany Gooden in 2012. Each of those crimes remains unsolved.

It was where Eisha Love was arrested in 2012 and jailed in Cook County's maximum security Division IX for four years without a trial until she accepted a plea deal in 2015 that saw her freedom.

It was where Richmond—a Black woman beloved of her family and friends but with few if any other options in terms of work was robbed of her life. Her family, friends and advocates like Wade mourn her alone.

Meanwhile, as of Feb. 23, the outrage about the recension of Title IX protections has continued and will be the focal point of national media attention until the news cycle is diverted by a Trump tweet.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

9th Circuit denies another Trump effort to implement transgender military ban 2018-07-18 - ( San Francisco, July 18, 2018 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied yet another attempt by ...


Gay News

Matson withdraws from 48th Ward aldermanic race 2018-07-18 - Embattled 48th Ward aldermanic candidate Morry Matson announced on July 17 that he was withdrawing from the 2019 election, citing health reasons. "Mr. ...


Gay News

Trial date set in Aaron Schock case 2018-07-18 - U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce has set the corruption trial for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) for Jan. 28, 2019, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Calif. hate crimes, trans measure, gay mayor, Stonewall Inn 2018-07-17 - Equality California noted in a press release that, for the third consecutive year, California saw a surge in the number of hate crimes ...


Gay News

Allred to address LGBT bar association event 2018-07-17 - Famed attorney Gloria Allred will deliver the keynote address and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will be honored at the Lesbian and ...


Gay News

HRC's giant projection challenges Trump, Putin on anti-LGBTQ crime in Chechnya 2018-07-16 - HELSINKI — Today, just ahead of tomorrow's Trump-Putin summit, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...


Gay News

ACLU Responds to Police Shooting in Chicago's South Shore Neighborhood 2018-07-15 - Statement of Karen Sheley, Police Practices Project, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois on the shooting death in South Shore Chicago ...


Gay News

Tunney urges action over police staffing numbers 2018-07-14 - In correspondence with constituents released July 13, Ald. Tom Tunney ( 44th Ward ) urged constituents to contact the Mayor's Office or the ...


Gay News

Transgender veterans as healthy as cisgender veterans, study finds 2018-07-11 - Transgender veterans differ only on the likelihood of having at least one disability A new study finds that the mental and physical health ...


Gay News

WORLD Bulgarian court, Australian crimes, pivotal Indian case 2018-07-10 - A Sofia, Bulgaria, court has backed the right of a same-sex couple to live in the country, in the first such case for ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.