2 Black Trans Women Reportedly Killed Amid Growth In Violence Towards The LGBTQIA+ Community

2 Black Trans Women Reportedly Killed Amid Growth In Violence Towards The LGBTQIA+ Community

Sadly, it has been reported that Dominique Rem’mie Fells and Riah Milton, two black trans women, have been killed in a disturbing trend of violence against the trans community.

According to reports, Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio was lured to an area where three suspects were set to rob her but ended up shooting the victim.  Three suspects, the youngest being 14 years-old, have now been identified and two have been arrested.

According to Out Magazine, in Philadelphia, PA, the dismembered body of Dominique Fells was found alongside Schuylkill River in Bartam’s Garden.  This is being treated as a homicide.

Amid the black lives matter movement, more allies of the LGBTQIA+ community have been speaking up against those who claim that black lives matter but fail to protect those within the trans and non-conforming communities.

 

 

According to the Human Rights Campaign, it is reported that in 2020 there have been over a dozen deaths of trans women and men and sadly, the number is rising.

Recently, a video went viral of Iyanna Dior, a trans woman, being beaten at the hands of a mob of black men.  Model and reality star, Eva Marcille, posted the video below (images may be hard to watch).  The caption states:

What are we coming to as humans? This is absolute savage… I am disgusted, I am heartbroken, I cry for this woman my sister??. We have to do better people we must do better… if all faith is lost in humanity WE must call on God because this is beyond beyond. GOD HELP US?? #
Repost from @theperezhilton

My heart hurts for #IyannaDior. This painful video is a sad reminder that trans women of color are the most vulnerable in our LGBT community. They regularly are assaulted, cast aside by their families and WORSE. We must do better!!! Believe me these videos are extremely hard to watch and even harder to post. But believe me the hardest part is being the person in the video living the reality. Our stories will be told or voices and cries will be heard and the truth will set us free #BlackLivesMatter

View this post on Instagram

What are we coming to as humans? This is absolute savage… I am disgusted, I am heartbroken, I cry for this woman my sister??. We have to do better people we must do better… if all faith is lost in humanity WE must call on God because this is beyond beyond. GOD HELP US?? # Repost from @theperezhilton • My heart hurts for #IyannaDior. This painful video is a sad reminder that trans women of color are the most vulnerable in our LGBT community. They regularly are assaulted, cast aside by their families and WORSE. We must do better!!! Believe me these videos are extremely hard to watch and even harder to post. But believe me the hardest part is being the person in the video living the reality. Our stories will be told or voices and cries will be heard and the truth will set us free #BlackLivesMatter

A post shared by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on

Actor, Billy Porter, has used his platform repeatedly to speak out for the LGBTQIA+ community.  Earlier this month, he posted a video speaking his mind on the topic (watch below). In part, he says,

“The tragic reality here is that Black trans, as well as gender non-conforming women and men, are being killed in the United States by cis-Black men to such a degree that it is nearly the worst emergency for trans women on the planet. The murders of Black trans women by Black men since 2016 have helped drive the most violent period for LGBTQ+ people on record just this past week during the riots. During the peaceful protests!”

 

Let’s send our condolences to the families of these two women.  Tell us what you think about people who claim black lives matter but don’t support the black in the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

Authored by: Robin Ayers