Last week transgender women India Clarke and K.C. Haggard were murdered–a sad reminder of the pervasiveness of transphobic violence in the United States. Caitlyn Jenner, probably the world’s most famous transgender person since coming out earlier this year, decided to shine her light on the issue and pay tribute to the women with a heart-felt note on her website. “11 trans women have been killed in the United States in the past six months–most of them trans women of color,” she wrote. “My condolences to those who loved India, K.C., and all of the other victims. No one should be killed simply because they are transgender.” Sixty-six year old Haggard was fatally stabbed in Fresno, California in what Karen Adell Scot of TransCare believes “was a hate crime.” Clarke was found dead near a playground in Tampa Bay, Florida, in what police officers ruled a homicide. Trans actress Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) shared a picture of Clarke on Instagram with the hashtags #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter, writing “I can’t help but feel like I’m next. That’s why I do the work I do because the avg. life expectancy for someone like me is only 35 years old. This is why I always quote Lucille Clifton ‘Won’t you celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed’.”
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