You’re Fuckin’ Perfect To Me.

“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” -Laverne Cox

We live in a world where people are incredibly judgmental about things they don’t understand, or disagree with. This line of thinking has led to incredible violence, up to and including sexual assault, physical abuse, and murder. People on the LGBTQ spectrum are often at a much higher risk for these types of assaults, yet these instances go under- or unreported.

We cannot move forward as a society until we start owning up to the violence we perpetuate, and allow to continue, and acknowledging the lives lost to horrific violence. In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign reports at least 14 transgender people having been murdered, and we’re only six months into the year.

Say their names. Remember their faces. They died simply for existing in this world as who they are.

Mesha Caldwell; 41; Canton, Mississippi

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Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow; 28; Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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JoJo Striker; 23; Toledo, Ohio

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Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier; 24; Chicago, Illinois

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Chyna Gibson, also known as Chyna Doll Dupree; 31; New Orleans, Louisiana

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Ciara McElveen; 26; New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jaquarrius Holland; 18; Monroe, Louisiana

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Alphonza Washington; 38; Baltimore, Maryland

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Chay Reed; 28; Miami, Florida

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Sherrell Faulkner; 46; Charlotte, North Carolina

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Kenne McFadden; 27; San Antonio, Texas

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Kendra Marie Adams; 28; Ithaca, New York

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Ava Le’Ray Barrin; 17; Athens, Georgia

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Kenneth Bostick, also known as Brenda Bostick; 59; Manhattan, New York **

*Photos from Facebook and Instagram.

**No photo available.

Featured image by Nobody44.

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