A trans woman was murdered in Florida earlier this month, making her the fourth known transgender person killed in the U.S. this year.
Celine Walker, a 36-year-old trans woman of color, was killed in Jacksonville, Flordia and misgendered by police and local media. Friends and advocates worked to ensure that her story was told.https://t.co/9NtNsvCRRU pic.twitter.com/1cTZqpYsjs
— GLAAD (@glaad) February 9, 2018
The Jacksonville Police Department initially misgendered and deadnamed Walker, delaying the investigation by a week.
#CelineWalker is being misgendered and deadnamed by media and police. Please call TODAY & Let us be heard! New 4 Newsroom: (904) 393-9844 & Jacksonville Sheriff Public Information Office: (904) 630-2133. #SayHerName https://t.co/NK0VK4MCSd pic.twitter.com/mluw5X48r3
— The Network (@NYSLGBTNetwork) February 9, 2018
Transgender advocate Monica Roberts alleges the department “[has] a policy that it does not refer to victims as transgender.”
On Facebook, Walker’s friend Naomi Michaels expressed her outrage over authorities’ lack of sensitivity. “You’d think that this city could have some type of policy for dealing with the death and murder of trans people. They don’t.”
She described Walker as someone who “lived a low key life [and] did whatever needed to be done in order for her to survive.”
In 2017, at least 27 transgender women were murdered in the U.S., the vast majority of whom, like Walker, were trans women of color.