As the title suggests, everything on this blog concerns violence against trans women.
The Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project is a trans feminist project addressing issues of systematic, institutional and interpersonal violence and oppression experienced by trans women (those who were coercively assigned male at birth and identify or are identified as women/female) across multiple identities (e.g., race, class, dis/ability, citizen-status, nationality, sexuality, age, HIV status, and form, status, or age of transition, etc.)
Ida Hammer is a writer and social justice communicator. She organizes the Trans Women's Anti-Violence Project. She presents workshops and trainings on cis privilege and being a trans ally. She's also involved in organizing against sexualized violence. She's a proud dyke-identified trans woman and an organizer of the New York City Dyke March.
Two more murdered transwomen: by multiple stabbings in Puerto Rico and by stoning in Brazil: Puerto Rico experienced its 30th anti-LGBTQ homicide in the past ten years when the body of transwoman Malena Suarez was found dead in her home in Carolina with multiple stab wounds in her back. Ten of those murders have been in the last two years, according to a report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. On October 19 it was Madona’s turn to take a trip to the death zone. Being a well-known and well-liked fixture of Aracaju nightlife was not sufficient to stay the hands of attackers, who pelted her with cobblestones in that capital city of the Brazilian state of Sergipe. Madona, 39, died in a hospital on October 23 from severe head injuries she had received. (TransAction, Daily Kos, Oct. 28, 2012)
Another trans woman murdered in Antalya, Turkey: The murder toll for trans women in Turkey has tragically risen again following the death of Serap Güneşer, 25, last week. Güneşer, a sex worker, was stabbed and had her throat cut in Antalya in the early hours of Wednesday 24 October. She was alive when police arrived but died before she reached hospital. Turkish trans rights activist Kemal Ordek told Gay Star News that some of Güneşer’s friends tried to help her by staunching the blood flow, but when the police reached the crime scene they forcibly dispersed them using pepper spray. They also said there was a delay getting her to the hospital. (Anna Leach, Gay Star News, Oct 29, 2012)
Jamaica center will use grant to fight HIV in the transgender community: Although HIV/AIDS rates have generally been on the decline, transgender women of color are still at alarmingly high risk of contracting the disease, although one Jamaica health clinic is hoping a new funding stream will allow it to reduce some of the exposure in the transgender population. The Queens Health Center, at 97-04 Sutphin Blvd., is part of a network of clinics that will receive $1.5 million over the next five years to provide care and evaluation services to the transgender community. (Rich Bockmann, Times Ledger, Oct. 30, 2012)
Trans woman denied entry into Canada: A Riverside, California, woman says Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers pulled her aside and ultimately denied her entry Oct 22 because she is transgender. Domaine Javier says the first officer at Vancouver International Airport gave her a “weirded look” after checking her passport. Border guards accused her of lying, drug smuggling and working illegally, woman alleges. (Natasha Barsotti, Xtra!, Nov. 1, 2012)
Trans woman assaulted in pub: A 46-year-old trans woman has been attacked just minutes after entering a pub in Leicester City Centre. Giovanna Del Nord was punched in the head by a stranger, without warning, as she waited to be served in the Market Tavern, in Hotel Street. Ms Del Nord believes she was targetted because she is trans. (Scott Roberts, Pink News, Nov. 1, 2012)