This week read about Angel Naira being shot and killed in Pennsylvania, and a community standing up for a student after a priest told her to remove a Pride shirt in Maryland.

Trans Black Woman Shot; 47th Victim to Die by Violence This Year

On Nov. 11, Black transgender woman Angel Naira, 36, was shot inside of her apartment. This makes Naira at least the 47th trans, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming person in the U.S. to die by violence in 2021, the Advocate reported, making this year the deadliest year for the community on record.

Naira’s death in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has been ruled a homicide. While local law enforcement has not released much information about her death, friends speculate that it was a hate crime.

“It is devastating but unsurprising that we are remembering yet another bright soul during Trans Week of Awareness and just days before Trans Day of Remembrance,” Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a press release.

Local media outlets have misgendered Naira and used her deadname while covering the story.

Naira’s friend, Linda Slade, wrote on Facebook, “Fly high my dear friend Angel Naira Ima gonna miss u so much you were such a beautiful person with a very big heart.”

Priest Tells Student to Remove Pride Shirt; Community Steps Up

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St. Francis of Assisi School in Baltimore. Photo via Facebook.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Baltimore, Maryland, hosts regular “dress down” days where students get a more relaxed dress code. A 12-year-old student usually uses these days to wear a Pride-colored shirt that reads, “Proud 365,” to symbolize supporting the LGBT community every day of the year.

But this time, at the end of mass, Father John J. “Jack” Lombardi told the student’s teacher to have her remove the shirt. As they stood in the back of the church, the teacher told her to remove it in front of her peers, the Brew reported.

“For the rest of the day, everyone was very angry about it,” said Dylan Hoffman, one of the student’s 7th-grade classmates. The mother of the student requested to keep her name anonymous.

After removing the shirt, the student was sent to principal Karmen Collins’ office, who told her that the shirt was against dress code.

“She said it was because it was a Catholic school,” the student said. “I thought it was a poor excuse.”

To show support for the student, church congregants arrived wearing rainbow masks and other Pride accessories.


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