A Charlotte, North Carolina, woman has become the 11th transgender American killed so far in 2017.
On May 16, Sherrell Faulkner died from injuries she sustained during a November 30 assault. Faulkner, 46, was found near a Dumpster in Plaza-Midwood, one of Charlotte’s most gay-friendly neighborhoods. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, though no arrests have been made.
“We are facing a national epidemic of violence with 11 trans people, many of them transgender people of color, murdered in 2017,” said
Ames Simmons, director of transgender policy at Equality North Carolina, said in a statement. “We are asking leaders and community members at every level to consider both the overt and underlying reasons for these killings. We must address the root causes of violence against our community, and we cannot rest until the violence stops.”
Hostility toward transgender people has been an issue in North Carolina, where the state’s “bathroom bill,” HB2, was recently replaced by HB142, which still prohibits municipalities from passing LGBT protections until 2020.
The ten other trans people to be murdered since January are Mesha Caldwell, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, JoJo Striker, Jaqarrius Holland, Keke Collier, Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen, Alphonza Watson, Chay Reed, and Mx Bostick.
In 2016, at least 23 trans people were murdered in the U.S. A majority of the victims were women of color.