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“When the 13th transgender woman was killed in the US we hit a terrifying reality: more transgender women have been murdered so far in 2015 than last year. While trans visibility has never been higher in mainstream media, it’s also a dangerous time to be a trans woman – especially a trans woman of colour.
“The body of Shade Schuler, 22, was discovered dumped in Dallas on July 29 in such a decomposed state that it took two weeks to identify her. Even now, the Dallas police department continues to misidentify Schuler as a male on its website.
“We’re only in August. Already the total of transgender murders this year has gone beyond the 12 killed in 2014. Papi Edwards, Lamia Beard, Ty Underwood, Yazmin Vash Payne, Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, Penny Proud, Kristina Gomez Reinwald, London Chanel, Mercedes Williamson, India Clarke, K.C. Haggard, Amber Monroe and now, sadly, Shade Schuler, have all been murdered.
“And these are just the homicides we know of. As the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) reports, there are two additional murders of trans or gender non-conforming people in 2015 in which the clear motive has not been established.”
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