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.
Friends and family are mourning the death of a 37-year-old transgender woman who was shot to death Sunday while she was parked in a car in downtown Oakland with three transgender women friends.
Tiffany Woods, the victim’s former supervisor at the Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, said her large group of friends is devastated by the death of Brandy Martell, who had long been living as a woman.
Police said the victim was born as Milton Massey Jr., of Hayward. The victim was shot and killed about 5:20 a.m. Sunday while sitting in a car at 13th and Franklin streets. Authorities wouldn’t disclose further details.
No one else was injured.
Woods said the victim had a large circle of friends, many of them younger transgender women who admired Martell.
"In the world of transgender women of color, she was successful," Woods said. "She had a job, she had a car, they looked up to her, (and) she was beautiful. They are shocked."
A public funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday. at C.P. Bannon Mortuary at 6800 International Blvd. in Oakland. A celebration of Martell’s life will be held later this month.
Woods supervised Martell for four years while she worked as a peer advocate for TransVision, which provides services for transgender people. Martell worked for the program from February 2007 until November, when program funding was cut and Martell was laid off, Woods said. Martell also helped organize five annual Alameda County Transgender Day of Remembrance events in Oakland over the past several years.
Woods said the group of friends had been sitting in the car socializing because they are not welcome at bars and clubs that cater to gay or straight people and wanted to spend time together on Saturday night, which stretched into Sunday morning.
Woods said transgender women are involved in “active sex work” downtown, especially on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 12th and 17th streets, but that the victim was not involved in prostitution.
Woods said the witnesses in the car — who police have not identified — said two unknown men came up to the car and started a flirty conversation with the group several hours before the killing. Woods said the men did not realize the group was transsexuals, and when they were told, they left. But later they returned. There was a verbal confrontation, and one man fired into the car, killing Martell, who was in the driver’s seat. Woods believes the shooting was a hate crime.
"Brandy was loved and valued by all of her co-workers at Tri-City Health Center, and all are shocked and saddened by the news of her death," Woods said in a statement. "Our collective hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends and community members."
Police have not released a motive in the killing.
Authorities said a hate crime is one possible motive they are investigating because the gunmen were upset after learning Martell was not female. No arrests have been made. Reached at their home in Hayward, the victim’s parents declined to comment.
The last reported murder of a transgender person in Oakland was in November 2003, when 38-year-old Stanley Traylor, a biological man, was shot to death in West Oakland. He was found dressed in woman’s clothing and wearing earrings.
A wig was found nearby. The case has never been solved.
Hate crimes against people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are on the rise.
The 2010 Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows murders of LGBT people rose 23 percent from 2009 — when there were 22 such murders — to 2010, when there were 27. Of the victims, 70 percent were people of color, and 44 percent were transgender women.
There will be a public funeral and homecoming services for Brandy Martell Wednesday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at C.P. Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Boulevard in Oakland. She was a transgender woman murdered during a hate crime downtown. Please come and show support for Brandy and all trans people. There is a vigil on 13th and Franklin, please bring flowers, candles and whatever else you might want to leave to keep her memory alive.
Funeral arrangements for Paige Clay, a transgender woman who was apparently murdered in Chicago’s West Side last week, have been announced.
Services will be held Friday, May 4 at Acklin Funeral Home,1325 W. 87th St. A wake will be held from 3:00- 4:00 p.m. that day, and a funeral will follow from 4:00- 5:00 p.m.
In addition, community members are hosting a rally in Clay’s honor at TaskForce Prevention Services, 9 N. Cicero, on May 1. The rally will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Original Windy City Times coverage at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Transgender-woman-found-murdered-in-Chicago/37284.html
Funeral and wake arrangements for Paige Clay, a transgender woman who was found shot to death on the city’s West Side April 16, have been set for later this week.
A wake for Clay will be held at Acklin Funeral Home, 1325 W. 87th St., on Friday May 4 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Funeral services will be held shortly after, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Over 160 people are expected to attend a rally to remember and demand justice for Clay on May 1. The rally, Justice for Paige, will be held at TaskForce Prevention Services, 9 N. Cicero Ave., and will begin at 6:30 p.m.