AFFA Releases Statement on Second Black Trans Woman Murdered in SC in Two Weeks

The Alliance For Full Acceptance (AFFA) was contacted by the friends and family of Pebble LaDime “Dime” Doe, a black transgender woman who was murdered in Allendale County, South Carolina on August 4, 2019. Dime’s death makes her the second black trans woman to be murdered in as many weeks in SC, and the fourth known black trans woman to have been killed since 2018.

AFFA, a social justice organization advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ community in South Carolina, issued the following response from Executive Director Chase Glenn, who also identifies as transgender:

I’m devastated by the news of Dime Doe’s murder in Allendale County.  While our community is still reeling from the murder of one of our transgender sisters in North Charleston just two weeks ago, we now learn that a second black trans woman has been murdered not even one hundred miles away.  We are sounding the alarm— We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women.

While the motives of Dime’s murder aren’t yet known, we do know that often, the crimes against trans women of color are fueled by anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism and misogyny.  Black trans women live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, are too often treated as disposable, and are experiencing epidemic levels of violence.  We are at a crisis point that demands the nation’s attention.

At this moment, there is no sense of peace or security for our transgender community— and there won’t be until their lives are truly respected and valued by society.  Today, we stand in solidarity with Dime’s family and friends.  We lift up her name as she would have wanted to be remembered and we call out for justice for Dime and for all of the black trans women who are known to have been killed in South Carolina since 2018:  Sasha Wall, Regina Denise Brown, Denali Berries Stuckey, and LaDime Doe.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE FOR FULL ACCEPTANCE

The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) is a social justice organization that strives to achieve equality and full acceptance for the LGBTQ community in South Carolina, through support, education and advocacy. Established in 1998, AFFA has over 1,600 supporters and is headquartered in North Charleston, SC. For more information visit: affa-sc.org

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