21 transgender women have been murdered in the U.S. during 2015. 13 were murdered in 2014. These somber totals don’t include the deaths that went unreported by police or media, or women who were misgendered. Almost all of these murdered women were transgender WoC.
I personally know how difficult it is to be a transgender woman, but I have no concept of how exponentially harder it is to be a trans woman of color—to experience that extra layer of oppression society throws at you. Being alive when you are black and transgender is a risk. Every day is a mine-strewn path of intersectional racism and transphobia, and it affects every little thing. This is highlighted by the terrible experience of Meagan Taylor.
Meagan and a friend were traveling in Iowa in July 2015, from Kansas City to Des Moines, to attend the funeral of her friend’s brother. This was not…
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