Chayviss Reed is 11th trans person murdered in 2017

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On April 21, 28-year-old transgender woman Chayviss ‘Chay’ Reed was shot and killed in Miami. She is the 11th transgender person reported murdered so far in 2017. All eleven victims have been people of color, and ten were women.

Initial reports misgendered Chayviss, a common occurrence in law enforcement and media reports on transgender folks.

Many of Chayviss’ friends met her through the Homestead Job Corps Center in Florida, an education readiness program. Patina Peterson, who met Chayviss through the program in 2008, told Mic: “She was a light, always trying to make everyone around her happy.”

2017 is on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans. 2016, the current deadliest, saw 27 reported murders of transgender Americans. Most victims of anti-trans violence are trans women of color. According to a  Mic analysis of FBI homicide data: “If in 2015 all Americans had the same risk of murder as young black trans women there would have been 120,087 murders instead of 15,696 murders.”

The actual rates of violence against trans folks are likely far higher than what is reported, as law enforcement and media frequently misgender trans folks, as they did with Chayviss.

Here are the names of the 11 trans people reported murdered in the United States this year. Remember their names. Learn their stories.

  1. Mesha Caldwell
  2. Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow
  3. JoJo Striker
  4. Tiara Richmond
  5. Keke Collier
  6. Chyna Gibson
  7. Ciara McElveen
  8. Jaquarrius Holland
  9. Alphonza Watson
  10. Symone Marie Jones
  11. Chayviss Reed

You can read about how to protect transgender folks here.

Jordan Valerie is the Head Writer and Editor-in-Chief at Millennial Politics.

She is also an activist, cinephile, and proud queer woman of color. Her friends call her a Mad Max: Fury Road obsessive, but she prefers the term enthusiast. She’s cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity.

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