4 Black Transgender Tragedies That Have Gone Unnoticed


from left to rigth: Kristian Rouse, Shakie Peters, Draya McCarty, Cameron Breon

In all the chaos of this year a multitude of attacks and violence have slipped under the radar.


We previously reported that a black transgender man named Kristian Rouse, 18, was attacked. Rouse talked to his mother daily. When he had not reached out for two days his mother called the police to investigate. When the police arrived at his home they saw through the window that he was laying on the ground but stated there was no immediate emergency for them to enter the home and would not let her in either.

The mother eventually got a maintenance man to let her in. The mother reported that her son’s breasts had been exposed. She told The Bakersfield Californian that was a “humiliating thing for a transgender man.” Rouse also had marks on his neck, bruised knuckles, swollen face, and two collapsed lungs. After being sent to the hospital the doctors initially said that Rouse had done the injuries himself before back peddling.



Rouse is currently in respiratory care in West Covinia, California after spending four initial weeks at the hospital. He is unable to walk, speak and has limited to no use of his arm and leg. His mother Eurydice Darrington stated, “We don’t know how long he’ll be in the hospital…It’s going to be a very, very long process for rehabilitation with his arm or leg.” Fortunately, the community has been nothing but supportive and a GoFund me for his medical expenses.


Two tran sisters were found dead this past week. Shakie Peters and Draya McCarty are the 18th and 19th confirmed and reported trans Americans to killed this year. Shakie Peters was found on Wednesday in Amite, near Baton Rouge. Police initially misgendered her as a male but her family says she has lived a long time as a woman.



Police are currently investigating a person of interest. Fellow trans woman, and friend, Natahalie Nia Faulk, spoke of how the two friends met at the funeral of another transgender woman of color. Now Natahalie attends another funeral and she says the misgendering and death have been “traumatizing.”


“It’s traumatizing whenever we see [a killing] because we think, 'will they be honored in their death?' It’s a personal violence and whenever we die, often police or others don’t recognize the life that came before it.”


Another woman from Louisiana, Draya McCarty of Hammond was found dead in Baton Rouge this past week. Police have yet to rule it a homicide.


Louisiana Trans Advocates stated, “Amite and Louisiana leaders must speak out against these killings, against the ongoing, systemic devaluation of trans people that pervades our media and politics, and against the institutional racism that places almost all of this burden on trans women of color."


In conclusion #gayes we have to remember that in all the things that are going on we cannot let our people fall through the cracks. Please be sure to protect and look after one another. #TransLivesMatter

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