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Zoe Spears is 10th trans woman killed this year
2019-06-20

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Zoe Spears, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, Out.com reported.

She is the 10th trans woman reported murdered this year in the United States.

On June 1, Johana "Joa" Medina Leon, 25, was found dead in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement custody; and Chynal Lindsey, 26, was found dead in White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. On June 6, Chanel Scurlock, 23, was fatally shot in Lumberton, North Carolina. And most recently, Layleen Polanco, 27, was found dead in Rikers Island Jail in New York.

In a statement, National Black Justice Coalition Executive Director David J. Johns said, "This senseless killing of Black trans women must end. Spears is yet another Black trans woman who has been murdered during Pride Month—and the month is not over.

"The continued deaths of Black trans women begs the question: how can anyone celebrate Pride Month when so many members of the community are dying? Black trans women are disproportionately affected by violent crime and deserve to live without fear. Twenty-six transgender people were killed in 2018. Since the start of 2019, ten Black trans women alone have been killed. There must be justice for Black trans women like Spears and Carmon."

The Out.com article is at www.out.com/news/2019/6/15/zoe-spears-fourth-black-trans-woman-found-dead-pride-month. .

Also see www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Zoe-Spears-is-10th-Black-trans-woman-slain-in-2019-NBJC-responds/66366.html


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