The Murder of Black Transgender Women is on the Rise in the United States

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Zoe Spears (Facebook).

The murders of Black transgender women are approaching epidemic dimensions in the United States. At least 10 Black transgender women have been killed in 2019 alone and four transgender women of color have been killed in June alone. These numbers are staggering given that transgender people comprise 0.3 percent of the general population and 3.5 percent of the LGBTQ community. The latest victim, Zoe Spears, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman, was found dead on June 13 in Fairmount Heights, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC.

Prince George’s County Police Department and Fairmount Heights Police were called to the 600 block of 59th Avenue around 11:55 p.m. Spears was found lying dead in the street with several gunshot wounds, including one to her head. Spears was recently homeless, but had managed to stabilize her living situation. First living at Casa Ruby, a LGBTQ youth shelter, Spears…

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