Third transgender murder in Detroit surfaces; victim is another person of color

detroit trans murderLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Details are scant and Detroit police are withholding certain details, but a person of color found shot to death on October 5, 2015 was transgender. The victim’s identity has not been released by officials. There have been two other trans murders in Detroit this year, both trans women of color.

In an interview with a local TV station, trans advocate Julisa Abad says the victim was known as “Melvin” and identified as gay and was a cross-dresser. The victim was, in fact, cross-dressing at the time of the murder. Abad believes the victim was targeted because of sexual orientation.

Since the victim was cross-dressing at the time of the murder, there should be no doubt to the question of whether this was a trans murder. Hate crime charges should apply.

No doubt there will be another rehashing of whether cross-dressers belong under the transgender umbrella, but remember this — to those who kill trans people, we’re all one and the same: “a man in a dress!”


I’m hoping further details surfaces soon.

First Detroit death this year (Amber Monroe):

Second (Ashton O’Hara)

Third death [Trigger Warning]:

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13 replies

  1. Lexie, I have to disagree with you on one statement you made in your story. To the people who kill transgender people, we’re not “men in dresses”. No I feel that they think that we’re sub-human creatures that must be destroyed, lest our illness spreads to others or even them. This is the reason, in my opinion, why when a transgender person is killed, there is a measure of violence against the victim unmatched except in war.

  2. WHAT!!!? You say HE was a GAY CROSSDRESSER… that is NOT transgender!!! Thats a gay crossdresser! As in NOTHING to do with transgender.

    And now, YOU want to lump them in together with us, perpetuating the belief that transgender people are just gay crossdressers. Gee thanks… thanks for setting us all back 10+ years…

    What we NEED to do is get it through peoples thick frakkin heads that transgender has NOTHING to do with who we want to have sex with. There needs to be a GLB, with no “T” associated with it.

    When are you going to learn that gay rights do not equate to trans rights. While you keep fighting for gay rights, gays simply ignore us or worse yet, throw us under the bus. And they get their rights at our expense, and we get nothing.

    And yet you STILL keep trying to attach us to them, be their lapdog, skapegoat, and lay down in the puddle to let them cross over our muddy bodies…

  3. This is not a transgender person and I take offence to the “a man in a dress” comment. This type of article fuels fire for our haters to hate on us.

    I would recommend changing your wording and possibly explaining why you view yourself as a man.

  4. Like with the school shootings. PLEASE don’t say how bad you feel that this is happening, DO SOMETHING about it!

  5. Many times you can’t even see the difference between a crossdresser or a transwoman , and it could very well be that she is transgender but pre everything . Besides that , I agree that whatever she or he is , crossdresser or trans , it doesn’t matter , even if you feel left out in the LGBTQI ( damn this word is getting longer and longer ) he or she belongs somewhere in that spectrum . And if people don’t get it by now that there is difference between crossdressers and transwomen , then probably their lobotomy was quite succesfull .

  6. I lived in Michigan north of Detroit, for many years. Once upon a time it was known as the murder capital of the U.S., and I am glad I moved. The city tried to move away from this, and now other depressed cities can claim the title. Still, the shame of these deaths, the way people are given the wrong gender, the lack of follow up, and not calling a hate crime a hate crime, still puts shame on this city–and all too many others that treat their trans citizens this way!

  7. The person was most likely killed for that reason.gender variant?
    Do you have one shred of evidence murder was committed because she was transgender? You Said she was color what color? What she African-American? Are you aware that African-Americans make up 13% of population at most but commit50 % percent of all murders in America.

  8. Thanks for the comments everyone. I feel we’re a bit preoccupied with labels. We ought to instead just let everyone be, however they are, no labels required. We can agree to disagree on this.


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