Today We Honor The 18 Trans Women Of Color Murdered In The US In 2015 #BlackTransLiberationTuesday

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Today is #BlackTransLiberationTuesday (or #BlackTransLivesMatter Day Of Action, according to some sources), an opportunity to honor the lives of the 18 trans women of color killed in the US so far this year and shed light on a community that, according to Laverne Cox, is in a “state of emergency.”

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18 deaths already exceeds the total number of trans women of color killed in the US in 2014, further highlighting the urgent need for swift action.

All throughout the country, in cities including New York, San Fransisco, Portland, Louisville, Ann Arbor, Nashville, Atlanta, Cleveland, Syracuse, Columbus and more, folks are encouraged to gather for vigils, marches or “whatever YOU need and want to do to show that Black Trans Lives Matter is necessary and dope.”

According to the group’s unofficial Facebook page, there will also be a #TwitterChat today at 1pm to call attention “to the lives of trans women ended too soon and to discuss what we can all do about lifting up the lives of Black Trans Women while they are out here walking this EARF, existing in a perpetual state of resistance, and teaching us all how to love ourselves.”

In an op-ed for The Advocate posted this morning, Policy Analyst Preston Mitchum and Employment Justice Advocate Aaron Goggans penned a letter to black cisgender men pleading them to stand up for their fallen transgender sisters.

This Tuesday, we move further toward this end. All throughout the country, cis black men will say the names of black trans women who have been victimized by our transphobia, and acknowledge that our silence equals complicity. We will uplift their names and ensure that their stories are told.

Here are there names, remember to say them aloud.

Papi Edwards, 20
Lamia Beard, 30
Ty Underwood, 24
Yazmin Vash Payne, 33
Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, 36
Penny Proud, 21
Kristina Grant Infiniti, 46
London Chanel, 21
Mercedes Williamson, 17
Ashton O’Hara, 25
Amber Monroe, 20
India Clarke, 25
K.C. Haggard, 66
Shade Schuler, 22
Kandis Capri, 35
Elisha Walker, 20
Tamara Dominguez, 36
Jasmine Collins, 32

For more information or to find out how to get involved click here.