Cleveland trans woman Skye Mockabee was found dead in a parking lot. #SayHerName
A black transgender woman named Skye Mockabee was found dead in a parking lot in Cleveland on Saturday morning, Cleveland.com reports. The owner of Ecclesiastic Granite Fab found Mockabee, 26, dead around 8 a.m. in his business’s parking lot. She was lying face down next to a tow truck and bleeding from the mouth, according to police report.
Mockabee was pronounced dead about a half hour later. Police and the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s officemisgendered Mockabee, identifying her with her gender assigned at birth.
According to a statement from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, Mockabee is the third transgender woman killed in July 2016 and the 16th transgender or gender nonconforming person to be killed so far in 2016.
Introducing the Trans Women's Healing Justice Project
The Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project is now the Trans Women’s Healing Justice Project. This name change marks a renewed focus on creating positive change for trans women. This project was created to address the disproportionately high rates of violence and oppression experienced by trans women in order to bring about healing and justice for those living at the intersections of anti-trans and anti-women violence. So, rather than focusing on what the project opposes, the new name emphasizes the desired goals of the project: healing and justice.
Violence, whether institutional or interpersonal, results in both trauma and injustice. Without individual and collective healing, there can’t be true justice. And without justice, there can’t be true healing of individuals and communities. It’s the position of the Healing Justice Project that any intervention opposing the intersections of anti-women and anti-trans violence will be best when it seeks to provide both healing and justice.
On March 31, the White House held the first-ever briefing on the issues faced by transgender women of color, featuring a panel of nine trans women of color from different states, communities and fields. March 31, of course, is the International Transgender Day of Visibility (and the last day of Women’s History Month), and the White House and the National LGBTQ Task Force joined forces to uplift the voices of trans women of color in this forum.
The panelists were: Tracee McDaniel from the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, Inc.; Ruby Corado from Casa Ruby; Mattee Jim from First Nations Community HealthSource; Bamby Salcedo from Trans-Latin@ Coalition; Dr. Ayana Elliott, FNP from The Elliott Group, LLC; Raffi Freedman-Gurspan from the National Center for Transgender Equality; LaLa Zannell from the New York City Anti-Violence Project; Kylar Broadus from the National LGBTQ Task Force; and Cecilia Chung from the Transgender Law Center.
Here’s a report-back from the Task Force’s Kayley Whalen, herself a Latina trans woman who attended the panel:
Each of the speakers, many of whom had personally experienced anti-trans violence, were an example of the resiliency and vibrancy of our community. Each of those present is working as an advocate to change the narrative about transgender lives – that our lives matter, that we are hirable, that we deserve good jobs, education, healthcare, safe housing and loving relationships free from violence. Trans people’s lives need to stop being criminalized; we are tired of being profiled and harassed by police; we are tired of being imprisoned simply for trying to survive; we are tired of being detained by immigration authorities when we come to the U.S. to escape from violence; we are tired of being harassed, assaulted and being denied medical care in jails, prisons and detention centers; and we are sick and tired of having to prove that we are human beings who deserve dignity and respect.
This is an incredible step for trans visibility, inclusion, and affirming our movement’s commitment to tackling the systemic violence and oppression trans women of color endure. That said, it is a step, not a solution – we need more than White House recognition in order to make change happen, and we must listen to the voices and experiences of trans women of color every day, not just on the days when they’re featured at the White House.
Read Kayley’s full account of the experience, including a groundbreaking kickoff for the new national office of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) and Casa Ruby’s new TransLife Center that took place the day after the panel, over at the Huffington Post.
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