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Trans communities around the nation, in some of the largest cities in the world, are in mourning at the loss of two trans and gender non-conforming people over the last week.
Tiara Banks was one of two murdered on the night of April 21 in Chicago. Natalia “Smüt” Lopez was killed on April 23 in San Jose, California, and someone she was in a romantic relationship with has been arrested. Tiffany Thomas was shot and killed at a Dallas carwash on April 24.
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While acknowledging that she was a trans woman, Chicago police did not publicly identify Banks for five days after her murder, claiming that they had not yet notified her family or next of kin, until they did so yesterday.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) identifies Banks as at least the sixteenth trans or gender non-conforming person to face a violent death or be murdered in 2021 so far.
According to WGN , Banks was operating her car and was stopped at an intersection in the West Pullman area when her murderer stepped to the vehicle and opened fire, reports indicate. Her […]