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Violence Against Black Trans/GNC Individuals

Overhead shot of the Black Trans Lives Matter mural on Catalpa Avenue in Andersonville
Overhead shot of the Black Trans Lives Matter mural on Catalpa Avenue in Andersonville

Violence Against Black Trans/GNC Individuals

The history of the Midwestern African American LGBTQ+ community, like Black Midwest history generally, has been one of repression, resistance, and resilience.

For the Black trans community and other gender nonconforming (GNC) individuals, it has been a history of disproportionate violence.

This map documents forty-one murders of of Black trans+ individuals in the Midwest between 1996–2022. Sadly, this does not represent an exhaustive compilation, as such crimes often go unreported and unsolved. When these tragedies do receive media attention, law enforcement and news outlets often deadname and misgender the victim. In honoring the deceased and their humanity, these individuals are identified by their correct names and pronouns.

If you have the names of Midwestern Black trans+ victims of status-related killing you would like added to this map, please email us at info@AfricanAmericanMidwest.com.

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