In 2015, 18 trans-women of color have been murdered in the US. 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. 

There is absolutely no set of justifiable circumstances to excuse the needless deaths of these women. I’m not sure what the answer is: educating people, increasing outreach to allow for more job opportunities outside of the sex trade, laws to protect transwomen specifically (along with rigorous enforcement), or maybe a combination of all of these. 

All I know is this: it has to stop. 

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