The Gay Games ceremony held in Cleveland in 2014. Once every four years, in the world’s largest human rights movement wrapped as an sports event, gay athletes become the majority, instead of the minority.
On August 4 to 12, about 15,000 athletes from all over the world will travel to Paris for the Gay Games.
"The Gay Games is the 10th edition of an event created in 1982 to combat discrimination and give an Olympic-like experience for everyone," Manuel Picaud, co-president of Paris organizing committee (Paris 2018), said in an exclusive interview.
Originally founded as the Gay Olympics by Olympic decathlete Tom Wadell, the competition was changed to the Gay Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) contested the title over rights.
Since its inaugural edition in San Francisco, the organizers have been promoting full inclusion at the events. Thirty-six sports and 14 cultural activities are open to all who wish to participate, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, race or physical ability.
"Our [Gay Games 10] motto is ‘All equal.’ Paris 2018 defends a world, especially in sport, where prejudices don’t exist," Picaud said. "At Gay Games no one is excluded, young or old, champions or amateurs, fit or with special needs, transsexual, straight, gay or lesbian," he added.
While international competitions is usually an opportunity to bring recognition and fame, many Gay Games entrants keep their identities a secret for fear of persecution in their homeland.
Among the 80 countries expected to take part, many come from countries such as Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, where being gay remains taboo and illegal.
This year, the Philippines has 4 entrants: Jan Gabriel and his partner will be competing in the same sex dancesport, while the 2 others whose identities remain confidential will compete in the road race and badminton categories.
The first known Filipino Gay Games entrant participated in the marathon in 1998 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The highest number of Filipino attendees recorded was in 2002 in Sydney, Australia with more than 70 participants.
While the Philippines is thought to be one of the more liberal ASEAN countries, when it comes to LGBT tolerance, recognition and protection of LGBT remains elusive. The country remains a bastion of Catholicism with the conservative church dogma dominating the local politics leaving the LGBT party struggling for influence.
The Anti-Discrimination Bill, which aims to criminalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community in settings such as workplaces, schools and public areas, has been languishing to be passed into law for 17 years.
"Most Filipinos have a very shallow concept of what it means to be gay. Gays are often portrayed as the comedic ‘parlor’ stereotype by the media. The whole spectrum of ‘gayness’ isn’t represented. There are so many different ways of being gay and the LGBT kids should be aware of all the types of gay role models they could aspire to become," explained Gabriel, Gay Games DanceSport Philippines representative and same-sex dancesport advocate.
Same-sex partnership has prohibited Gabriel and his partner from competing in mainstream competitions both locally and internationally.
"The status of LGBTs in the world of the arts is somewhat a paradox. Despite the gay-dominant environment, some dances can be very constricting in terms of expressing one’s gender identity. You can be gay outside of the dance floor but on the floor you have to be a man," Gabriel said.
"It can be oppressive especially if you identify as somewhere in the middle of being a man and a woman."
While it is written in the rules of dancesport, a pair must consist of one male and one female athlete, with whoever wears the pants taking the lead. In the Gay Games, any form of partnership on or off the dance floor is accepted. Pairs could dance openly, compete for medals and not think about the politics of mainstream dancesport.
"Participating in the Gay Games means supporting our values of diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing." Picaud explained.
"That is why we created a rule so that all entrants can choose their gender to compete and made sure that the international federation of dancesport, figure-skating, etc., tolerate the same-sex partnerships."
According to the organizing committee, Paris2018 will begin with a conference promoting the ideology that sports is for everyone.
The Gay Games will be a unique opportunity for those less-than-gay-friendly countries to be themselves and take part in the gay community.
"The Gay Games has changed the lives of thousands of people." Picaud said. "These persons will have an incredible experience. We are going help empower them with a special program."
The Paris organizing committee’s goal is to empower participants from 80 countries and send a message of sharing and solidarity.
"Empowerment is the heart of Gay Games since its creation. We would like to emphasize during those Gay Games our national motto — liberty, equality and fraternity" Picaud said, adding that the Games are widely supported by private and government institutions.
"Paris is the perfect city to celebrate diversity and respect."
The Games have been held in San Francisco, Vancouver, New York City, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne and Ohio but, according to Picaud and the Paris 2018 committee, the level support for the Games in France is unprecedented.
"We are proud that our country is behind this event." Picaud said.
Besides government support, LGBT organizations across Paris, 36 national sports federations, various students organizations and NGOs advocating racism have gathered to support the Games.
Paris 2018 is the perfect refuge for those participants who are not comfortable, or worse unaccepted, in their own home.
"France is a country of human rights. Our message focuses on how sports should be open to all and respect diversity. We are activists for a better world where everyone has his/her place," Picaud said.
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The Voices4 march at NYC Pride for those who cannot This damning investigation lifts the lid on the community’s racism, ableism, and more
It’s always important to remember that even minority communities hold their own prejudices. A part of what made Channel 4’s recent Genderquake season so explosive was that it showed how different identities actually identified with each other. New research by Stonewall , the UK’s leading LGBT equality charity, put the community under the microscope to its most prevalent discriminations.
The report, based on YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT people, investigated the experiences of different groups of LGBT people and the results are damning. 51 per cent queer and trans people of colour said they have faced discrimination from the wider LGBT community. Especially black people, with three in five attesting to having experienced poor treatment and cruel comments while also feeling unwelcome or uncomfortable in LGBT specific spaces.
“This research gives a worrying insight into just how serious a problem prejudice is within our community, and we need to talk about it. Users of dating apps will be familiar with phrases like ‘No blacks, no Asians’ and ‘No chocolate, no curry, no rice, no spice’ becoming the modern-day versions of ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Gypsies’,” said Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall UK. “Both online and in their daily lives, LGBT people of colour are excluded and face stereotyping from their white peers. This leaves BAME LGBT people feeling unwelcome within the wider community.” There are also other vulnerable communities facing “double discrimination”. More than a third of trans people have experienced discrimination or poor treatment – some interviewees saying they felt uncomfortable in Manchester’s famous gay village having been “groped to ‘see if I had the parts’”. While others questioned why so few LGBT spaces have gender neutral toilets.
A quarter of disabled people had similar feelings of discrimination and for those who practice religion there are also large risks of exclusion. One testimonial from a 21-year-old named Asha described how invisible you can feel when your sexual orientation intersects with being a mintority. “Remember that it’s not just white cis abled people who are LGBT+,” she said. “I am an Arab, ex Muslim, autistic, mentally ill, poor brown girl who is also bi. No LGBT+ supports me or accommodates, I am invisible.”
The report makes several suggestions for improvement of LGBT organisations, such as ensuring more diversity in decision-making groups, anti-discrimination training, partnering with BAME and disability groups, as well as listening to and giving a platform to others.
“It’s only by working together that we can create a world where all LGBT people are accepted without exception,” Hunt added.
You can read the full LGBT in Britain Home and Communities report here
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The makers of the Frozen sequel are reportedly considering giving Elsa a female love interest Disney has faced criticism for a lack of diversity and despite introducing its first gay character in the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, there has never been a gay Disney princess.
New research by YouGov has found that one third of Brits – 34 percent – would be uncomfortable with a homosexual Disney princess, however.
The survey revealed different attitudes between age groups, with 67 percent of those polled aged 18 to 24 saying they felt comfortable with the idea of a gay princess , compared to 25 per cent of those aged 65 or older.
The research showed almost half of Brits – 49 percent – were comfortable with such a move, while 17 per cent said they did not know.
Nearly half of people polled – 53 percent – said they would like to see a feminist princess. Moana is Disney’s first Polynesian princess After criticism of only featuring white princesses in its starring roles, Disney has introduced more diverse characters such as Moana and Tiana, who stars in The Princess and the Frog.
Despite this, though, all leading Disney characters are young, single and slim.
The survey found 60 percent of Brits would be comfortable with a Disney princess being in her forties or older – and 70 percent said the same with the idea of a princess who is also a parent.
Only 52 percent said they would be comfortable with a princess who was overweight.
Whether Disney princesses are good or bad role models is often debated, particularly because the films are aimed at young, impressionable children.
Two-third of Brits say it is important for Disney princesses to be good role models and of those who have seen the princess’s respective films, 72 percent said Moana was a good role model , compared to 68 percent for Mulan and 66 percent for Merida. Mulan is seen as a good role model for children (Disney) Whether or not Disney introduces a gay Disney princess remains to be seen, as so far, all the films have featured heterosexual relationships and binary gender identities.
This could change, however, with Jennifer Lee – the write and co-director of the Frozen sequel – reportedly considering making Elsa officially a gay character by giving her a female love interest.
To some fans, Elsa is already seen as an LGBT icon as she struggles to accept her identity until the end of the film.
Although nothing is confirmed yet, Lee has said it is something the team are considering.
“Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things,” she told the Huffington Post.
“I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go,” she added.
Last year, the directors of Moana said Disney would be “open” to the idea of a gay Disney princess.
Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has backed deaf fans of the show who have complaining about poor subtitling on Netflix.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing Queer Eye fans have been noticing something strange about Netflix’s subtitling: they’re often censored, or changed from what’s actually being said.
After complaints on social media, the Fab Five’s Karamo pledged to get the streaming service to improve its access to the show.
He tweeted on Thursday: “Reading everyone’s comments breaks my heart. I don’t know how much power I have but know, the next time I’m at Netflix I’m going to bring up this issue internally & won’t stop until something changes.
“Deaf & HOH people should have the same experience as everyone else!” Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Karamo Brown from Queer Eye (Austin Hargrave/Netflix) One fan complained: “I really wish Netflix captions for Queer Eye 2 weren’t bleeping profanity AND changing the profanity used in the captions. It’s really not awesome.”
While another added: “It’s censorship and it’s patronizing, it should read exactly as what anyone is hearing, that’s it, end of story. It’s wrong for so many reasons.
“This is true for any close-captioning on any channel or program. Get it together Netflix.” Netflix has since said that it will seek to improve subtitling on the show, a move that the Queer Eye star – the show’s culture expert – welcomed. The Queer Eye cast (Noam Galai/Getty Images) It told viewers: “We’ve heard about the caption issues on the service, specifically for Queer Eye. After looking into it, there’s lots of dialogue missing from the Fab 5 that shouldn’t be.
We’re fixing it. In some cases, we do bleep incidental profanity from our unscripted series.
The streaming service added: “Delivering a great experience to our deaf and hard of hearing members is very important to us.
“We’ve also heard from fans about a similar concern in Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 — we’re looking into this now.” (Netflix) The hugely popular makeover show features five gay men giving lifestyle advice for people who want to make a change.
The show’s other stars are Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Johnathan Van Ness.
The second season premiered on Netflix this month and includes makeovers of a trans man, a woman who survived cancer and a young college student.
The research revealed Ireland’s top ten gay-friendly areas were in Dublin (Getty) New research has revealed rents and house prices are rising faster in Ireland’s top ten gay neighbourhoods than anywhere else in the country.
The data, published by the property website Daft.ie, showed the top ten areas with the largest number of same-sex couples, all of which were in Dublin .
It revealed rents in Dublin’s most gay-friendly areas are now seven per cent higher than neighbouring areas in the city, which works out at around 150 euros per month.
The research, carried out by Ronan Lyons, an assistant professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin, found the number of same-sex relationships in these areas rise from 5.6 per cent in 2011 to eight per cent in 2016.
The area of Stoneybatter in Dublin is the largest gay neighbourhood in Ireland , with nearly one in ten couples in a same-sex relationship.
Lyons said the “strong level of demand” in these neighbourhoods is causing sale and rental prices to rise. People take part in the annual LGBT Pride Parade in Dublin in 2015 (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images) In the last five years alone, house prices have risen by 72 per cent in these areas.
The data showed prices in other neighbouring areas had only risen by 60 per cent.
Martin Clancy, a representative of Daft.ie, said: “As we approach Dublin’s pride weekend, this data serves both as a celebration and barometer of social change in Ireland over the last number of years.
“Similar research has been carried out in the United States, but for Ireland, this is a first and something which is both interesting and informative about the evolution of Dublin’s neighbourhood’s and the clear emergence of pride-filled places in the capital.”
This week, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar spoke out in support of LGBT equality in Northern Ireland at a state reception marking 25 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the country. Ireland’s leader Leo Varadkar spoke in favour of LGBT rights in neighbouring Northern Ireland (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty) Varadkar, the Ireland’s first openly gay leader, spoke out about equality for LGBT people in neighbouring Northern Ireland .
“In the United Nations and around the world, I as Taoiseach and Ministers will speak up for LGBT civil rights in other countries, countries that still criminalise or discriminate, whether it’s central or eastern Europe, whether it’s in the Arab world, or whether it’s not too far away in Northern Ireland,” he said.
Meanwhile, Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster made history on Thursday night by attending PinkNews’ summer reception at Stormont in Belfast , becoming the first DUP leader to attend an LGBT rights event.
“I want to acknowledge the contribution of the LGBT+ community in Northern Ireland and recognise the diversity [in the country] … some of the brightest and best are part of the LGBT+ community,” she said.
“We are not always going to agree. We should treat each other with good manners and respect.”
Mara Wilson and Embeth Davidtz in Matilda (TriStar Pictures) Matilda star Mara Wilson has explained why she thinks lesbians have continued to flock to the 22-year-old film.
The 1996 children’s film about a small girl who learns she has psychic powers has had a firmly established lesbian following for many years.
When recently asked by a fan why she thought so many lesbians loved the adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Wilson replied with a pretty believable theory. Mara Wilson in 2017 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Shorty Awards) She wrote: “It was one of the few children’s films to show a strong, resilient female character overcome adversity and a family that did not understand her to create her own family and her own happiness through hard work and friendship.
“Also, they all have crushes on Miss Honey.”
Wilson later added: “I am very cool with this, by the way! And I was even before I was out.” It was one of the few children’s films to show a strong, resilient female character overcome adversity and a family that did not understand her to create her own family and her own happiness through hard work and friendship. Also, they all have crushes on Miss Honey. https://t.co/E69yR3pfmG — Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) 27 June 2018 Miss Honey, played by Embeth Davidtz, has indeed been the object of many Matilda fans affections and crushes over the years.
As well as the many people who have had crushes on her, many people have claimed the softly spoken teacher as a lesbian icon in her own right. Embeth Davidtz, who played Miss Honey (CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images) One fan wrote: “I truly believe Miss Honey from the movie Matilda was a lesbian.” I truly believe Ms. Honey from the movie Matilda was a lesbian “Miss Honey from Matilda was a lesbian, I said what I said,” another added. miss honey from matilda was a lesbian, i said what i said pic.twitter.com/05vuQiJY9e Mara Wilson came out as bisexual/queer in 2016 in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre.
Sharing a photo of her younger self, she said: “Me at a gay club when I was eighteen. I feel embarrassed looking at it now… being a “straight girl” where I clearly didn’t belong, but I will say, I felt so welcomed.
“I have never had a better experience at a club than I did then. Great music and people. And one of my friends met his partner that night!”. (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Shorty Awards) She continued: “But the LGBTQ community has always felt like home, especially a few years later when I, uh, learned something about myself.
“I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I’ve embraced the Bi/Queer label lately.”
The star explained that she sat on the Kinsey scale at a 2, between 0 being exclusively straight and 6 being exclusively gay.
DUP Leader Arlene Foster speaking at the PinkNews summer reception in Belfast (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) Leading campaigners have expressed mixed reactions after Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster’s address before a crowd of the LGBT+ community at PinkNews’ summer reception in Belfast on Thursday.
Foster, the first DUP leader to attend an event focused on LGBT rights, said in her address that she deeply values the LGBT community.
The controversial leader also stated that her expressing regret over the DUP’s stance on LGBT rights would not help the issue.
Her speech, available in full here , drew mixed reactions from campaigners and members of the LGBT community at the event supported by Citi. DUP leader Arlene Foster pictured at the inaugural LGBT+ reception at Parliament Buildings Stormont, Belfast. (Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye) John O’Doherty, the director of the Rainbow Project, said that he was very disappointed by the DUP leader’s remarks.
He told PinkNews: “There’s no recognition of the hurt or harm that’s been caused to the LGBT community here in Northern Ireland by the actions and words of the DUP.
“While it is to be welcomed that she attended tonight, she didn’t do what she needed to do and many LGBT people across Northern Ireland are going to be disappointed.”
During the event, Foster also called for respect of her views and the DUP’s position on same-sex marriage and LGBT issues.
Foster’s party has been responsible for blocking same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, making it the only part of the United Kingdom to prevent gay and lesbian couples to marry.
In reference to the DUP’s history on LGBT rights, O’Doherty added: “Arlene has asked us to respect the DUP’s position on LGBT issues.
“I, for one, don’t know what their position on LGBT issues are. It’s stood against every LGBT equality measure, is that still the position today?” Foster addresses the event (Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye) Other campaigners were more positive, praising Foster’s decision to speak at the event as a step towards LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.
Alicia V Perry from Trans Pride NI said: “For her to come here tonight and for her to speak to our community, that is amazing. It’s a major thing.”
Colin Flinn, board member at Cara-Friend, added that Foster’s appearance at the PinkNews event showed her willingness to work on LGBT issues, despite the views of many in her party.
Flinn said: “I thought she went as far as she could. I think the problem’s not with Arlene, I think the problem’s with the party.
“I think if she was left to her own devices, she would go ahead – I’m not sure about the equal marriage thing, but certainly in respect of everything else.” Foster at the reception (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) PinkNews CEO Benjamin Cohen praised the event as the start of important conversations between the DUP and the wider LGBT community.
“I think this was the beginning of a conversation,” Cohen said.
“She said to me as we came downstairs ‘don’t expect the world’ and she’s not going to do everything in one go, but I think it was really important that she was here, speaking at the PinkNews event.
“Let’s hope that the conversations can continue.” Last night @DUPleader Arlene Foster spoke on LGBT+ rights, but what was the reaction? pic.twitter.com/nKBOKXrruG Thursday’s summer reception was the third of many regional receptions held by PinkNews to bring politicians and campaigners together to discuss achievements and shortcomings of Northern Ireland in terms of LGBTQI+ rights. Foster announced her intention to attend the event earlier in June to her DUP executive, saying that she wants to engage with minority communities in the country.
She said: “[We must] re-engage and re-energise our people, and yes, we must take our message to places that perhaps may not be traditional to our cause.
“I want to genuinely reach out to our minority communities and show them the hand of friendship, recognising they have made Northern Ireland their home.” Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (Charles McQuillan/Getty) She said that the party would not be shifting from its position on same-sex marriage.
Foster added: “I believe I can hold to my principled position, particularly in reality to the definition of marriage, while respecting the diversity across our society and recognising that sexuality is a matter for the individual.
“All I ask in return is that my, and our views, are also respected and not the subject of the vilest of abuse as has sometimes been the case by a small minority.
“Just because we disagree on marriage does not mean that I can’t say that we value those who are LGBT in our society, and they should not be the subject of hate because of their sexuality.”
Foster was joined at the PinkNews summer reception by Michelle O’Neill MLA, leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, Robin Swann MLA, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Colum Eastwood MLA, leader of the SDLP and Naomi Long MLA, leader of the Alliance Party.
The PinkNews summer reception in Belfast was supported by Citi .
(Getty) During an on-air conversation about Northern Ireland’s controversial stance on same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights, a caller from Maghera, County Londonderry, phoned in to BBC Radio Ulster to say gay people as “sinners” and their relationships as “unnatural.”
Having opened The Nolan Show by talking about Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster and her recent attendance at the PinkNews’ summer reception in Belfast on June 28, host Stephen Nolan connected with Frieda to further discuss such topics. She began by saying that she doesn’t agree with previous guests for suggesting that people, in this day and age, should “move into the 21st Century” and champion equality for all. Host Stephen Nolan began his morning segment by talking about DUP leader Arlene Foster’s attendance at PinkNews’ summer reception event in Belfast (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) “We stand very firmly, not against any person, but the sin of homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, bestiality, prostitution and all sexually immoral practices. We are not homophobic.”
Taken aback by some of her claims, Nolan asked: “Why are you talking about bestiality when we’re talking about homosexuality?”
“I’m just listing those things that are sinful in the eyes of God,” she replied. “We are in this world, we reach out to others and yes, homosexual people in this country.
“ My one aim and goal in life is to point them to Jesus. They are people that need to acknowledge their sinful lives. It’s unnatural. They hand over the burn of lust, one to another. God says lesbian women, for example, change their natural use.” BBC Radio Ulster DJ Stephen Nolan (R) wasn’t too keen on a caller waxing lyrical about the bible’s anti-gay “teachings” on-air (Claire Greenway/Getty Images) Audibly irritated by his guest’s thoughts, Nolan asked the caller whether she had ever lusted in her life. When she said that she hadn’t but she is a married woman, Nolan challenged her and suggested that they talk about her sexuality on air instead.
“I’m not prepared to talk about that,” she dismissed. “I’m an ordinary, married woman.”
“But you’re prepared to talk about gay people’s sexuality,” Nolan responded. “So I think it would be fair and gay people are ordinary men and women. You say gay people lust, but don’t love. Why don’t you lust?”
“God’s word says they lust,” Frieda argued, before saying that she wasn’t trying to set herself above anyone. “Are you sure,” a doubting Nolan asked before allowing John O’Doherty, director of the LGBT organisation The Rainbow Project to chime in. John O’Doherty (R) of the Rainbow Project clapped back at the homophobic caller (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images) “I don’t think Frieda gets to define whether she’s homophobic,” O’Doherty said. “I think if you’re going to refer to same-sex relationships as being unnatural, that is a homophobic comment.
“Frieda comes on regularly to tell us what the bible thinks; the bible condones slavery… Does she believe people should be allowed to own slaves today? Or is the reality that the bible teaches us many important messages about how we should treat each other. It was written at a point in time which is not reflective of the way society is today or the human rights that should exist for all people.”
Cathalina Christina James was killed in Jacksonville, Florida (Facebook) The family of a transgender woman killed in Florida have called for justice in the wake of a string of shootings targeting trans people.
Cathalina Christina James , 24, was fatally shot in Jacksonville on June 24.
James, who is survived by three sisters and one brother, was pronounced dead at a local hotel and an investigation into her death has been launched.
James’ sister, Deandra, called for justice for her sibling.
“We want everyone to be comfortable with who they are,” she said, as reported by local news outlet WISTV.com .
James’ brother described the victim as a loving person, saying the family “really want answers for the heinous crime”. Keisha Wells, a transgender woman, was fatally shot on the same day in Cleveland (Getty) Friends shared their condolences on social media.
“Another trans girl shot and killed is the last thing I want to head. No [matter] the life we may know they lived there is a level of respect that should be held to life. Rest in peace Cathalina Christina James put some respect on her name.”
According to Human Rights Watch, there have been 113 incidents of fatal violence against transgender and non-binary people since 2013. Of those killed, 64 were victims of gun violence.
Human rights groups have warned the number of victims could be higher, as this does not include trans victims whose deaths were not reported due to misgendering in police reports, news stories or by their families. At least 26 transgender people were killed in the US in 2017 (Mark Makela/Getty) Those targeted are often trans women of colour.
Activist Christina Kittle told local newspaper The Jacksonville : “This isn’t something that should be considered normal. People are dying, this is very serious.”
“A lot of my friends are scared, they’re just scared to go out. I mean, I would be scared, too,” Kittle said.
On the same day, another trans woman was fatally shot in Cleveland .
Keisha Wells, 58, was found in the car park of an apartment building with a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Detroit Avenue.
No arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing, according to Cleveland.com.