PFLGAG Events for December

PFLAG’s mission is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.  PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

PFLAG was the first support organization I heard of when I was growing up.  I attended their meetings a few years ago and found it was a supportive and inclusive community.  PFLAG is a wonderful group, especially for our spouses and family members and I am happy to promote the events the Twin Cities chapter has scheduled.

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Please join us for a Holiday party.  

We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies, along with great conversation – all in a relaxed atmosphere from 6:30 until 7:30 pm.  We will then break out into our small, confidential,  support groups until 8:30 pm.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Love, Hannah
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Have Yourself a Fabulous Little Christmas!

Last night was the December event for the MN T-Girls…the annual holiday party!

The holiday party is one of my favorite nights of the year.  When else can you wear a sparkly sequined dress and not stand out?  Even better when it’s paired with sparkly heels, right?

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Like previous years, the party was held at a hotel and everyone brought something to share.  We made new friends, had tons of girl talk and thought about what the group will do next year.

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It was a fun night.  I wasn’t able to stay as late as I would have liked and I really want to thank Kylie for stepping in as the night’s hostess.

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Here’s to a happy holiday season and a wonderful 2019!

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Love, Hannah

 

Victoria’s Secret Shame

This may come as a surprise to you, but I love to shop.

Shopping can be intimidating for those in our community.  It’s impossible to predict what our experiences will be like.  Will the cashier stare at me?  Will the customers make whispered remarks to other shoppers?  Will the sales clerk be helpful?  Are those heels available in my size?

I support trans-friendly and trans-positive businesses and avoid those that are not.  Many companies will champion those in the LGBTQIA community.  For example, I shop at Target because of their policy towards our community.  Of course, everyone who works for an organization will have their own opinions even if the corporate culture and core beliefs encourage diversity and inclusion.  Just because their policy is to welcome us to the store and allows us to use the dressing room of our choice does not mean the cashier isn’t going to be rude to you.

I have always loved shopping at Victoria’s Secret.  I have always been treated very well and always had positive, friendly experiences with the staff…regardless of what gender I  presented as.

I was…disappointed, to say the least, when I saw recent comments by Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer and executive vice president of public relations, Ed Razek.

Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy.

Rightly so, there was immediate backlash including comments by Heidi Zak, the CEO of ThirdLove, a new lingerie company:

“How in 2018 can the CMO of any public company — let alone one that claims to be for women — make such shocking, derogatory statements?” she wrote. “You market to men and sell a male fantasy to women. … Your show may be a ‘fantasy’ but we live in reality. Our reality is that women wear bras in real life as they go to work, breastfeed their children, play sports, care for ailing parents, and serve their country.

“Haven’t we moved beyond outdated ideas of femininity and gender roles?” she added. “It’s time to stop telling women what makes them sexy — let us decide. We’re done with pretending certain sizes don’t exist or aren’t important enough to serve. And please stop insisting that inclusivity is a trend.”

There are also calls to boycott the brand by models and modeling agencies, including transgender model Leyna Bloom.

Of course, an apology came quickly after:

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I read apologies with a huge amount of skepticism.  I wonder about the sincerity of such comments as it’s easy for a company to say they’re sorry when a backlash is going to hurt their profits.  The damages has been done.

Normally I would simply stop shopping somewhere when the organization made comments like this, but as I said, I’ve always wonderful service at the stores themselves.  An apology without a change in behavior is worthless.  Was Victoria’s Secret going to do anything to win back the trust and the business of our community?  Should I trust them?  Was this an offhand comment by some insensitive corporate idiot?

I wasn’t sure.  So, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and asked them.

I submitted a comment via their website on November 20th.  I copied the message below:

Hello, my name is Hannah and I am a model, activist and blogger. I am also a transwoman. I’m sure you know where this is going. 🙂   When I started to present in public as a woman, one of the first places I visited was Victoria’s Secret. I waited years to buy your beautiful lingerie and clothes. Of course, I was nervous on my first visit, but on my first, and every visit I’ve made since, I have received nothing but excellent customer service. Whether it is a bra fitting or just friendly smiles at the register, I’ve always felt welcome at your stores.

My enthusiasm for your stores plummeted last week when I heard the disparaging comments of the transcommunity by your Chief Marketing Officer, Ed Razek. It was the first time anyone in your organization referred to a girl like differently compared to cis-gender women.

Transphobia hurts. It hurts even more when it comes from someone who represents a brand that I love, a brand that screams femininity. A brand that, until last week, made me feel welcomed and beautiful.

I have not been to your stores since. I want to, but I will not support an organization that says such hurtful opinions on my community.

Yes, he apologized, but anyone can apologize when faced with criticism. The apology is there but so is Mr. Razek and his opinions…which are possibly a representation of the culture in you organization.

Like I said, I want to shop at your store. I have more of your clothing and lingerie than any other brand, but all I can think of when I see my closet are what Mr. Razek said.

Beyond the apology, what else are you doing to win back the trust of customers like me?

Thank you for listening,

Hannah

I was curious to see what their response would be.  The automatic reply I received stated they strive to reply to comments within 8 hours.

After a few days of silence, I sent the comment again.

Still nothing.

Silence can speak volumes.  Inaction is a form of action.

Their decision to not to respond to my concerns show that they really have no interest in keeping me as a customer.  Any organization can tweet an apology, but it takes real work, fueled by a true commitment to a community, to earn that trust back.

Love, Hannah

 

Meet Angela Ponce, Miss Universe’s First Openly Trans Contestant

From People:

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Angela Ponce, Miss Universe’s first openly transgender contestant, is hoping to inspire young trans people to follow their dreams.

Ponce, 27, was crowned Miss Spain in June, beating out 22 other beauty queens. In December, she will go on to represent Spain in the Miss Universe pageant in Thailand.

After her historic win, Ponce told the Associated Press that she wanted to use the platform to draw attention to legal discrimination for trans individuals and the trans suicide epidemic.

“If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me,” Ponce told the Associated Press in June.

Read more here!

Love, Hannah

Transgender Day of Remembrance

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From glaad.org:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Let us remember those in our community that we have lost this year because of violence.  Thank you to tdor.info.

Argentina


Carolina/Camila Angulo Paredes
Buenos Aires, Argentina
29-Dec-17
shot

Lourdes Reinoso
Tucuman, Argentina
14-Jan-18
stabbed

Ynina
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
30-Jan-18
Unknown

Adriana Estefanía Bonetto
San Jose del Rincon, Argentina
8-Feb-18
stabbed

Cinthia Moreira
Villa Alen, Argentina
22-Feb-18
decapitated/dismembered

Sol Gómez
Santa Fe, Argentina
7-Mar-18
Unknown

Julia Ponce
Buenos Aires, Argentina
23-Jul-18
Unknown

Yanelis Rodríguez
Argentina, Argentina
31-Aug-18
Unknown

Bangladesh


Sonia Akter
Morrelganj, Bangladesh
31-Dec-17
Unknown

Brazil


L. de Souza Pereira
Manaus, Brazil
23-Nov-17
beaten

Unknown Name
Uberlândia, Brazil
28-Nov-17
shot

Milena
Arapiraca, Brazil
1-Dec-17
stoned

Andressa Xoda
Pauladas E Tiros – Salvador, Brazil
3-Dec-17
shot

Eduarda Figueiredo
Porto Seguro, Brazil
3-Dec-17
shot

Júlia Volp
Florianópolis, Brazil
4-Dec-17
tortured

Jéssica Dimy
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
7-Dec-17
Unknown

Sabrina
Uberaba, Brazil
7-Dec-17
Unknown

Luany Aquamarine
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
9-Dec-17
beaten

Luna Shine
Viana, Brazil
11-Dec-17
stabbed

Marquete F. C. de Lima
Altinho, Brazil
13-Dec-17
shot

Kebeca G. de Souza
Gurupi, Brazil
16-Dec-17
shot

Larissa Paiva
Sao Paulo, Brazil
17-Dec-17
beaten

Rose
João Pessoa, Brazil
17-Dec-17
beaten

Lorrany “Lhoane” Oliveira
Santaluz, Brazil
26-Dec-17
tortured

V. O. Silva
Uberaba, Brazil
30-Dec-17
tortured

Silvia Gomes Marques
Belem, Brazil
1-Jan-18
Unknown

Fany Diniz
Belem, Brazil
3-Jan-18
shot

C. Sobral
Feira de Santana, Brazil
5-Jan-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Brasília, Brazil
5-Jan-18
stabbed

W. Peixoto
Piripiri, Brazil
9-Jan-18
beaten

C. Figueiredo
Recife, Brazil
17-Jan-18
stabbed

Carol Alves
Tangará da Serra, Brazil
17-Jan-18
shot

Kelly
Belém, Brazil
20-Jan-18
shot

Unknown Name
Concórdia do Pará, Brazil
20-Jan-18
Unknown

Júlia de Arruda
Várzea Grande, Brazil
21-Jan-18
other

Lohane
Governador Newton Bello, Brazil
23-Jan-18
stabbed

Rios Dayane Macklarenn
São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
26-Jan-18
Unknown

Raquel Cosinele
Recife, Brazil
27-Jan-18
stoned

Samira de Alcantara
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Brazil
29-Jan-18
stabbed

Natália Ketlyn
Campos Altos, Brazil
1-Feb-18
shot

Hemilly Dbx
Garanhuns, Brazil
6-Feb-18
stabbed

Anninha Ferreira Rochee
Colatina, Brazil
7-Feb-18
decapitated/dismembered

A. da S. Silvério
Vitíoria de São Antão, Brazil
8-Feb-18
shot

Lohan
Vitoria, Brazil
8-Feb-18
beaten

Milonga F. L. Martins
Pacajus, Brazil
9-Feb-18
shot

Dominique
Uberlândia, Brazil
10-Feb-18
beaten

Nayra Winston
Rio Largo, Brazil
10-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Fortaleza, Brazil
11-Feb-18
shot

Bruna
Belém, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

Keila
Salvador, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Joao Pessoa, Brazil
12-Feb-18
shot

K. Silva
Manaus, Brazil
13-Feb-18
tortured

Pérola
Sao Paulo, Brazil
14-Feb-18
shot

Bruna Ferrari
Concórdia do Pará, Brazil
15-Feb-18
Unknown

Laysla Oliveira
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
18-Feb-18
beaten

Amanda Rios
João Pessoa, Brazil
19-Feb-18
shot

Eduarda Brasil
Araras, Brazil
19-Feb-18
other

Rayana Ribeiro
João Pessoa, Brazil
20-Feb-18
Unknown

Bia Rocha
Recife, Brazil
23-Feb-18
Unknown

Claudia Oliveira
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23-Feb-18
shot

Fernanda Caetano
Lapa, Brazil
23-Feb-18
Unknown

Kimberlys Ochoa
Lara, Venezuela
25-Feb-18
beaten

Fernanda “Pit” Dias
São Mateus, Brazil
27-Feb-18
shot

Alessandra da Silva Alves
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1-Mar-18
shot

Shayene
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1-Mar-18
shot

Palola
João Pessoa, Brazil
4-Mar-18
shot

Samielly Castro
São Paulo, Brazil
4-Mar-18
shot

Pâmela Tabete
Craiba, Brazil
8-Mar-18
beaten

Thalita da Silva
Barra do Garças, Brazil
13-Mar-18
throat cut

J. Oliveira da Silva
Vila Velha, Brazil
16-Mar-18
shot

Unknown Name
Ilha do Governador, Brazil
17-Mar-18
decapitated/dismembered

Bruna Gabriel
Ananindeua, Brazil
19-Mar-18
shot

N. Naza
Ananindeua, Brazil
19-Mar-18
shot

Paola Oliveira
Luziânia, Brazil
20-Mar-18
shot

Alanis Burgo
Pelotas, Brazil
22-Mar-18
suffocated

Giorginye Dias de Siqueira
Aparecida de Goiânia, Brazil
22-Mar-18
shot

Unknown Name
São Leopoldo, Brazil
22-Mar-18
shot

Daniela Santos
Ibicaraí, Brazil
23-Mar-18
tortured

Cleide Aládio Zaramarine Neto
Itaberaí, Brazil
25-Mar-18
beaten

Hilda de Melo Matias
Barbalha, Brazil
25-Mar-18
shot

Eduarda Amaro
Pelotas, Brazil
29-Mar-18
shot

Elvira Costa Ferreira
Maranguape, Brazil
2-Apr-18
shot

Andressa Muda
Macaé, Brazil
3-Apr-18
Unknown

Benjamin de Jesus Sousa
Teresina, Brazil
6-Apr-18
stabbed

Angra Alessandra Cupertino
Feira de Santana, Brazil
7-Apr-18
stabbed

Millany Spencer
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Brazil
14-Apr-18
Beaten and strangled

Nati da Silva
Lajeado, Brazil
20-Apr-18
shot

Nycoly Souza Nardoni Bhals
Governador Valadares, Brazil
22-Apr-18
shot

Gabriely Fancciny
Porto Velho, Brazil
28-Apr-18
stabbed

Matheusx Passarelli
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
29-Apr-18
burned

Raunna Silva
Niterói, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Campo Grande, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Bianca Santos Albuquerque
Araras, Brazil
30-Apr-18
shot

Paulinha
Fortaleza, Brazil
1-May-18
shot

C. Alves
Vitória da Conquista, Brazil
8-May-18
shot

Myrella Mhell
Pirapora, Brazil
21-May-18
shot

Pandora
Santa Rita, Brazil
21-May-18
shot

Beatriz Ribeiro
Bacabal, Brazil
25-May-18
stabbed

D.R.C.
Jundiaí, Brazil
25-May-18
beaten

I. Silva
Itaberaí, Brazil
29-May-18
Unknown

Patrícia Pereira
Maracanaú, Brazil
31-May-18
shot

Nayra Matos
Maracanaú, Brazil
31-May-18
shot

Britney Vaz
Colniza, Brazil
3-Jun-18
shot

Vitória
Salvador, Brazil
3-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Manaus, Brazil
6-Jun-18
shot

Kamila Roberta
Florianópolis, Brazil
7-Jun-18
beaten

Fernanda Reichert
São Leopoldo, Brazil
9-Jun-18
stabbed

Tiffanny Montel
Boa Vista, Brazil
10-Jun-18
stabbed

Agatha Gomes (Bebê)
Belford Roxo, Brazil
19-Jun-18
shot

Thalia Costa Barboza
São Borja, Brazil
21-Jun-18
stoned

Nikolly Silva
Cabo Frio, Brazil
22-Jun-18
stoned

Gaby Scheifer
Ponta Grossa, Brazil
23-Jun-18
run-over by car

Índia da Silva Pellegrine
Salvador, Brazil
25-Jun-18
shot

Bruna da Conceição
Lagarto, Brazil
25-Jun-18
shot

Carla Croft
Pacajus, Brazil
29-Jun-18
shot

Deepa
Jalandhar, India
3-Jul-18
stabbed

Mirela
Balneário Camboriú, Brazil
4-Jul-18
strangled/hanged

Shirley dos Santos
Recife, Brazil
4-Jul-18
shot

Michele Silveira
Itaperuna, Brazil
7-Jul-18
shot

Fernanda da Biz
Campo Grande, Brazil
8-Jul-18
stabbed

Aisha Albuquerque
Curitiba, Brazil
13-Jul-18
beaten

Daniela Cicarelli
Gurupi, Brazil
17-Jul-18
shot

Lay Neves de Santana
Camaçari, Brazil
17-Jul-18
shot

Unknown Name
Itaperuna, Brazil
20-Jul-18
shot

Paola Villefort
Nova Serrana, Brazil
23-Jul-18
stabbed

Daiane Souza
Porto Alegre, Brazil
26-Jul-18
shot

Gaby Arantes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28-Jul-18
beaten

Dudu dos Santos Duarte
Paraisópolis, Brazil
3-Aug-18
shot

Lalesca
Salvador, Brazil
5-Aug-18
throat cut

Paloma Ferreira
Fortaleza, Brazil
6-Aug-18
shot

Paolla “LelÍ” Blayton
Campos, Brazil
7-Aug-18
shot

Karlla da Silva Balbino
Caratinga, Brazil
9-Aug-18
strangled/hanged

T‚nia Lopes
Florianópolis, Brazil
10-Aug-18
shot

Renata
Cabo de Santo Agostinho, Brazil
12-Aug-18
shot

Krispim Souza de Araujo
Mossóro, Brazil
14-Aug-18
shot

D. M. Teixeira
Mossóro, Brazil
20-Aug-18
shot

A. L. da Silva Bezerra
Mossóro, Brazil
20-Aug-18
shot

Evelin Ferrari
Caruaru, Brazil
21-Aug-18
shot

J. F. de Souza
Curitiba, Brazil
23-Aug-18
stoned

Sheila dos Santos
Buriticupu, Brazil
23-Aug-18
stoned

Paola dos Reis
Cuiaba, Brazil
30-Aug-18
stabbed

Rayka
Praia Grande, Brazil
30-Aug-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Manaus, Brazil
31-Aug-18
stabbed

Deia Alves Maciel
Goiania, Brazil
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Maria Luíza
Sao Paulo, Brazil
1-Sep-18
beaten

Rafaela Sena
Xique-xique, Brazil
2-Sep-18
shot

Unknown Name
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6-Sep-18
Unknown

Monique Manardi Lee
Sao Paulo, Brazil
11-Sep-18
beaten

Abya Passos Mantovanny
Cuiaba, Brazil
15-Sep-18
stabbed

Kemily
Belem, Brazil
16-Sep-18
shot

J. Oliveira de Araújo
Martins, Brazil
24-Sep-18
Unknown

Nicolly
Lagarto, Brazil
26-Sep-18
beaten

Bolivia


Veronica Carbajal Pinto
La Paz, Bolivia
27-Nov-17
suffocated

Adri Adely Jurado
La Paz, Bolivia
13-Jul-18
stabbed

Chile


Paloma
Santiago, Chile
14-Feb-18
beaten

Colombia


Marilyn Cipriany Guzmán
Medellín, Colombia
30-Dec-17
shot

Chelsy/Cristal Grisales Molina
La Virginia, Colombia
24-Jan-18
shot

Silvana Pineda
La Dorada, Colombia
27-Jan-18
shot

J. A. Marín Marín
Soacha, Colombia
1-Feb-18
stabbed

Tatiana/Tetris/Muelas
Bogota, Colombia
10-Feb-18
stabbed

Alexa Amero Sierra
Bogota, Colombia
9-Mar-18
stabbed

Lorena Molina López
Montenegro, Colombia
25-Mar-18
shot

Alejandra Torres Torres
Manizales, Colombia
22-Apr-18
stabbed

Abril Natasha Quiñónez
Cali, Colombia
12-Aug-18
shot

Lili Chirinos Carrillo
Valledupar, Colombia
18-Aug-18
shot in the head

Unknown Name
Cordova, Colombia
31-Aug-18
Unknown

Carol Perez Guerrero
Ciudad Bolivar, Colombia
22-Sep-18
shot

Unknown Name
Cochabamba, Colombia
23-Sep-18
beaten

Valeria Sandoval
Cali, Colombia
28-Sep-18
asphyxiated

Dominican Republic


Blanca
La Vega, Dominican Republic
27-Jan-18
stabbed

Ecuador


Isabel Borja Suárez
Quevedo, Ecuador
13-May-18
stabbed

El Salvador


Unknown Name
Departamente de la Paz, El Salvador
30-Nov-17
Unknown

Unknown Name
Chalchuapa, El Salvador
18-Jan-18
stabbed

Unknown Name
Cuscatlan, El Salvador
8-Mar-18
stabbed

D. A. Portillo Jiménez
El Salvador, El Salvador
21-Mar-18
stabbed

Geovanny Romero Ortiz
Santa Ana, El Salvador
3-Jun-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Soyopango, El Salvador
31-Aug-18
Unknown

France


Flávia Luiza
Paris, France
27-Dec-17
Unknown

Vanessa Campos
Paris, France
17-Aug-18
shot

Fiji


Lucky Salavuki
Suva, Fiji
17-May-18
stoned

Guatamala


E. G. Sarat
Xela, Guatamala
27-Nov-17
shot

A. Sis
Salama, Guatamala
16-Jul-18
shot

Yessika Ruedas Gómez
Jalapa, Guatamala
28-Aug-18
stabbed

Débora Ramos Cordón
Chiquimula, Guatamala
22-Sep-18
beaten

Honduras


Tyty
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
23-Jan-18
Unknown

India


Mohit
New Delhi, India
17-Dec-17
beaten

Devudamma Surya Narayana
Anakapalle, India
24-Dec-17
burned

V. Alphonze
Madurai, India
10-Apr-18
stabbed

Chanchal
Aashiana, India
22-Apr-18
shot

Manju
Khajrana, India
7-May-18
stabbed

Chandraiah
Hyderabad, India
26-May-18
beaten

Italy


Ximena Garcia
Nemi, Italy
10-Mar-18
Unknown

Rafaella Rotocalco
Rome, Italy
11-Sep-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
San Giorgio, Italy
23-Sep-18
stabbed

Mexico


Kendrika Itzel D Espino
Chihuahua, Mexico
24-Nov-17
Unknown

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
30-Nov-17
Unknown, one of four cases on this date

Sandra
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
30-Nov-17
beaten

Unknown Name
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
7-Dec-17
stabbed

Geraldine Contreras
Colima, Mexico
9-Dec-17
Unknown

C.N.
Guerrero, Mexico
17-Dec-17
shot

Canoa
Fortaleza, Mexico
17-Dec-17
shot

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
31-Dec-17
tortured

G. Carrera
Tamaulipas, Mexico
5-Jan-18
stabbed

Unknown Name
Veracruz, Mexico
11-Jan-18
throat cut

Jessica González
Veracruz, Mexico
11-Jan-18
Unknown

Paola Carranco
Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
26-Jan-18
shot

Brigith
Quintara Roo, Mexico
27-Jan-18
shot

C. Antuan
Guanajuato, Mexico
12-Feb-18
shot

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Unknown Name
Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
17-Feb-18
shot, one of three cases on this date

Samantha
Guerrero, Mexico
6-Mar-18
Unknown

Unknown Name
Sinaloa, Mexico
7-Mar-18
Unknown

Sheila
Nayarit, Mexico
15-Mar-18
shot

Charly
Puebla, Mexico
22-Mar-18
decapitated/dismembered

Yoselyn
Veracruz, Mexico
4-Apr-18
Unknown

Grechen Alina Lara García
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
9-Apr-18
tortured and suffocated

Unknown Name
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
17-Apr-18
Tortured and strangled

Brisa
Veracruz, Mexico
22-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Puebla, Mexico
23-Apr-18
stabbed

A.
Jalisco, Mexico
25-Apr-18
stoned

Unknown Name
Guerrero, Mexico
27-Apr-18
shot

Unknown Name
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
21-May-18
suffocated

Yamileth Quintero
Sinaloa, Mexico
24-May-18
shot

Maritza Harrera
Guerrero, Mexico
25-May-18
stabbed

S. Antolli
Chiapas, Mexico
29-May-18
stabbed

J. Martínez Cepeda
Coahuila, Mexico
10-Jun-18
asphyxiatied and hit by a rock

Unknown Name
Michoacan, Mexico
14-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Colima, Mexico
16-Jun-18
Unknown

Nataly Briyith Sánchez
Chiapas, Mexico
19-Jun-18
Unknown

Alexa GutiÈrrez
Aguascalientes, Mexico
24-Jun-18
Unknown

Katy
Morelos, Mexico
24-Jun-18
shot

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Chiapas, Mexico
30-Jun-18
Unknown, one of six cases on this date

Unknown Name
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
10-Jul-18
Unknown

Chanel
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
15-Jul-18
shot

L. M. Cocom Guzmán
Yucatan, Mexico
15-Jul-18
strangled

Alexa Altamirano Martínez
Guanajuato, Mexico
23-Jul-18
beaten

Alaska Contreras Ponce
Veracruz, Mexico
26-Jul-18
tortured

Linda
Estado de Mexico, Mexico
26-Jul-18
suffocated

Unknown Name
Guanajuato, Mexico
5-Aug-18
shot

M.R.M.
Quintana Roo, Mexico
6-Aug-18
shot

J. C. M.
Oaxaca, Mexico
12-Aug-18
shot

Unknown Name
Guerrero, Mexico
30-Aug-18
shot

Jhoana Hernández
Veracruz, Mexico
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Ana Corina Burgos
Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
11-Sep-18
shot

Azuani Díaz García
Chilapa, Mexico
22-Sep-18
shot

Dayana Letran
Acayucan, Mexico
26-Sep-18
shot

Paulina Domínguez Hernández
Cotzacoalco, Mexico
27-Sep-18
shot

New Zealand


Zena Campbell
Wellington, New Zealand
11-Feb-18
strangled/hanged

Pakistan


Spogmai
Peshawar, Pakistan
26-Nov-17
shot

Chutki
Peshawar, Pakistan
27-Mar-18
shot

Sheena
Swabi, Pakistan
22-Apr-18
shot

Muni
Kotkay, Pakistan
4-May-18
shot

Sania
Hafizabad, Pakistan
20-Jul-18
shot

Nasir Naso
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
18-Aug-18
Aug-18

Unknown Name
Sahiwal, Pakistan
6-Sep-18
burned

Paraguay


Ada Mía Naomi Gomez Rivas
Piribebuy, Paraguay
27-Aug-18
stabbed

Nicol Ortellado Ferreira
Puerto Oblidago, Paraguay
27-Sep-18
stabbed

Peru


J. E. Ruidíaz Fernández
Lima, Peru
11-Feb-18
shot

Yamilet
Iquitos, Peru
14-Mar-18
stabbed

Philippines


Unknown Name
Pasay City, Philippines
23-Jan-18
Unknown

South Africa


Ousi Kagiso
Rustenburg, South Africa
6-Jan-18
strangled/hanged

Gugu Modise
Ventersdorp, South Africa
1-Sep-18
stabbed

Spain


Eli
Valladolid, Spain
22-Sep-18
beaten

Trinidad and Tobago


Keon Alister Patterson
St. Clair, Trinidad and Tobago
5-Dec-17
Shot

Turkey


I. Y.
Zonguldak, Turkey
5-Dec-17
shot

Kader Ataman
Ayvalik Sarimsakli, Turkey
13-Dec-17
shot

Kristina
Beyoglu, Turkey
8-Mar-18
shot

Nefes
Ankara, Turkey
10-Mar-18
strangled/hanged

Simge Avci
Samsun, Turkey
13-Jul-18
shot

Begüm
Bursa, Turkey
19-Aug-18
burned

Esra Ates
Beyoglu, Turkey
25-Aug-18
stabbed

United Kingdom


Naomi Hersi
London, United Kingdom
18-Mar-18
stabbed

United States of America


Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
27-Nov-17
Shot to death

Brandi Seals
Houston, Texas, United States of America
13-Dec-17
Shot

Zakaria “Z” Fry
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America
Jan-18
Blunt force trauma

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
North Adams, Massachusetts, United States of America
6-Jan-18
Stabbed and bludgeoned

Viccky Gutierrez
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
10-Jan-18
Undetermined

Celine Walker
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
4-Feb-18
Shot

Tonya Harvey
Buffalo, New York, United States of America
6-Feb-18
Shot

Phylicia Mitchell
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
23-Feb-18
Shot

Amia Tyrae Berryman
Baton Rogue, Louisiana, United States of America
26-Mar-18
Shot to death

Sasha Wall
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
1-Apr-18
Shot to death

Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, United States of America
Dallas, Texas
9-May-18
Strangled to death

Nino Fortson
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
13-May-18
Shot multiple times

Gigi Pierce
Portland, Oregon, United States of America
21-May-18
Shot

Antash’a Devine Sherrington English
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
1-Jun-18
Shot

Diamond Stephens
Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America
18-Jun-18
Shot

Cathalina Christina James
Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
24-Jun-18
Shot to death

Keisha “Pokey” Wells
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
24-Jun-18
Shot and killed

Sasha Garden
Orlando, Florida, United States of America
19-Jul-18
Undetermined

Dejanay Stanton
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
30-Aug-18
Shot to death

Vontashia Bell
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States of America
30-Aug-18
Shot

Shantee Tucker
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
5-Sep-18
Shot

Londonn Moore
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States of America
8-Sep-18
Shot

Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
3-Oct-18
Shot to death

Venezuela


Vicky Julieth Alvarado
Moran, Venezuela
27-Jan-18
stabbed

Malvina Paiva
Caracas, Venezuela
3-Mar-18
shot

China Colón
Naguanagua, Venezuela
24-Apr-18
shot

Rosada Durán Romero
Lara, Venezuela
17-May-18
shot

Carol Pérez Guerrero
Bolivar, Venezuela
23-Sep-18
shot

Be safe.  Be alert.  Be angry.

Love, Hannah


A Celebration Five Years in the Making

Yesterday the MN T-Girls celebrated five years of fun, beauty and friendship!

We started our celebration by meeting at the Mall of America for a delicious dinner at New Cantina.  There were a total of eleven of us enjoying food, drink, and girl talk as we chatted about everything from politics affecting the transgender community to the best place to get a makeover.

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After dinner, we headed over to Long Tall Sally, a clothing store that carries clothing and shoes for tall girls for a private shopping event.  This was our second shopping event there.

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Last year I found an amazing dress and I was hoping to score another killer outfit.  I was not disappointed.

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Sadly last night will be our final shopping event there as the company has decided to close all their retail shops in the United States and will only sell items through their website.

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The wonderful staff helped us match tops to skirts, find dresses for every event from formal to casual, and most importantly, made us feel as if we were the most beautiful girls in the world.  They cheered us on when we tried on an outfit and were just as happy as we were when we found THE dress.  Building our confidence is the most important thing we can do and Wanda and her team did exactly that.

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It was an emotional night as we looked back on five years, made new friends, caught up with old ones, planned future events, and said goodbye to the incredible team at Long Tall Sally.

Thank you to Wanda and her team, the wait staff at New Cantina and to all the t-girls and their significant others who joined us for a truly special night.

Love, Hannah