As I flew into Los Angeles for the first-ever trans people of color town hall and the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a time to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender violence, I had no idea what was happening 30,000 feet below me.
When I landed on the ground, I immediately heard that a trans woman of color, 32-year-old Cassidy Vickers, had been murdered. Another victim had been shot at (but not harmed) in nearby Plummer Park.
Ironically, Plummer Park was where the TDOR event was to be held on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Sadly, it had been less than a week since I had been on a conference call with folks in Detroit in response to the brutal murder of yet another trans woman, Shelley Hilliard, who, at 19 years old, was just beginning her life.
In light of these senseless murders, it is common for misplaced blame to fall on the victims. But no one deserves to die in this way.
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