Black Trans Woman Fatally Shot on the Streets of Baltimore

She's the 24th known victim of fatal anti-transgender violence in America this year.

[UPDATE: More recent reports of Tydi’s death have included her full name and an updated spelling. This article has been changed to reflect that.]

Police in Baltimore are investigating the death of a black transgender woman who was shot and killed on the morning of Monday, November 26.

According to The Washington Blade, Baltimore police found the woman unconscious with gun shot wounds on Guilford Avenue around 4:15am. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared her dead shortly afterward.

“We know there was some sort of argument that took place and during that argument it looks like a person—one individual—pulled out a gun and shot the female and left her on the side of the road,” police spokesperson T.J. Smith said.

“What we know is a dark colored vehicle left the scene at a high rate of speed.”

Authorities are formally withholding information about her identity until they’re able to notify her next of kin, but Baltimore Transgender Alliance, a local trans advocacy group, identified the victim as Tydi Dansbury.

The group organized a vigil for Dansbury last Friday, November 30, to “[hold] space for Tydi, her family, her friends, and our entire community through this difficult time.”

“Our hearts are heavy, and even more so at a time when violence in our community is at an all time high; with Black trans women being targeted specifically,” members of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance wrote on Facebook.

Anyone with information regarding Dansbury’s death is encouraged to contact Baltimore PD’s homicide office (410-396-2199) or send a text tip (443-902-4824).

Dansbury’s death marks the 24th known instance of fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. in 2018. It’s an epidemic that disproportionately affects trans women of color, too: HRC reports that Dansbury is the 17th known black trans person killed this year.

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