Murder of transgender woman spurs anger, questions

Equality Michigan logoA gay rights group is calling for an investigation into the disturbing murder of a transgender woman of color in Detroit.

Her body was discovered in a trash can last week behind a bar on Woodward near McNichols. She was clothed in a burgundy hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and socks but no shoes.

Police have not identified the victim and have declined to discuss the case.

Equality Michigan, an organization that advocates for the LGBT community, expressed outrage over the murder.

“We are saddened and angry to hear of the murder of another transgender woman of color who has yet to be identified,” Yvonne Siferd, director of victim services for Equality Michigan, said in a press release first reported by Pride Source. “The undignified way in which her body was dumped speaks to the larger issue of anti-transgender hostility in our society, and the vast amount of work we, as supporters of the LGBT communities, have in front of us.

“Transgender women of color are the most disproportionately affected by violence and hate against the LGBT communities, and this latest incident is a tragic reminder of that reality.”

Abigail Shah

Co-founder of Motor City Muckraker, Abigail Shah is a native Detroit and graduated with a BS in psychology from Wayne State University.

  • Ron Chaffin

    Dust Buster try re-reading the article then do a little research on the subject. Apples and Oranges. Also, you kinda just proved her point.

  • Dust Buster

    so a transgnder woman/man of color is somehow more of a crime than say the murder of a 90 year old black lady for the $20 in her purse? explain that to me because every day in detroit there are 3 to 5 bodies left in undignified manners. this is probably a drug and sex related crime. also possible that this dead person male lover (who would probably be a lbgt group member) did the killing. yes murder sucks bad but NOBODY is more or less special be it a murder over a $30 bag of rocks or an act of cheating with someone else.

  • 1happycat

    Wow, so sad. Really.