2017 Violence Takes Life of Tenth Transgender Woman Last Week

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(EDGE) The spate of violence against transgender women continued in New York City last week when 59-year-old Brenda Bostick died Thursday after being found lying unconscious on a Chelsea street several days earlier. 

She is the tenth transgender woman to lose her life to violence in the United States in 2017.

The New York City medical examiner said Monday that Bostick was killed by someone beating her on the head in late April. She died of a blunt impact head injury on Thursday, May 4. The death was determined to be a homicide.

According to the New York Post, Bostick, who was believed to have been homeless, was discovered unconscious on the street at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday April 25 in North Chelsea on Seventh Avenue and 29th Street. A half hour prior to being found, someone called 911 to report an assault in progress.

"Transgender woman are targeted all too often for severe and deadly violence," said Beverly Tillery, Executive Director at the New York City Anti-Violence Project in a statement.  "We are facing a crisis of violence. Ten transgender woman have already been killed so far in 2017, nine have been Black transgender woman and one woman was Native. As a society, we can stop this epidemic by hiring trans women of color, making sure they have safe places to live, and standing up when we see or hear them being demeaned and attacked and simply by valuing their lives. The moment to act is now."

 


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