One 19-year-old's life ends just blocks from the April's trans murder.
BY DIANE ANDERSON-MINSHALL
A gender variant teen has been murdered in Chicago a mere three blocks from where Paige Clay, another trans women, was found murdered in April.
Tiffany Gooden, 19, was found in an abandoned building on the city's West Side, according to Windy City Times. Reporter Kate Sosin says that Gooden had sufferered multiple stab wounds and incised wounds and the death has been ruled a homicide.
Brian Turner, an outreach coordinator at Taskforce Prevention and Community Services on the West Side, told Sosin that he wasn't sure if Gooden identified as transgender or used a female name and pronouns exclusively.
Transgender activist Joy Morris told the Times that Gooden and Clay were good friends. Scholar Kay Brown has estimated that 1 in 12 transgender people in the U.S. will end their life as murder victims, the marjority of them transgender women like Gooden and Clay.
Terrible news. I'll add more to this if it's released. This was extra chilling in my mind because I saw a signal boost recently on Tumblr in which a trans* teen was looking for housing in Chicago and giving out their personal info. Please, stay safe, all.
ETA: The "1 in 12" statistic has been debunked in the comments of The Advocate article. There's a fairly extensive and well-documented explanation of the misconception here.