Mesha Caldwell First Trans Woman Killed In 2017 In US

Mesha Caldwell, a well-known hairstylist and make-up artist in her community, was found shot to death in Mississippi’s Madison County.

Caldwell is the the first transgender person to be reported murdered in the US in 2017.

Caldwell, 41, was found on a county road just outside the Canton city limits on Wednesday (4 January), according to Mississippi Now..

‘I really don’t know why somebody would want to kill her,’ friend Mary Young told Indentities.Mic.

Caldwell had attended Jackson State University and Canton Public High School, according to her Facebook page.

Virginia Woman Raises Money To Build Shelter For Homeless LGBTQ Youth

A Viriginia woman and advocate for the LGBTQ community is raising money to buy a house and build a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth and adults.

Zakia McKensey, the founder and Executive Director for Nationz Foundation, created the non-profit more than a year ago. The organization provides people access to HIV testing, healthcare and also has an open food pantry.

Cleveland Trans Woman Brandi Bledsoe Found Murdered In Driveway

CLEVELAND-- A local family is looking for answers after a transgender woman was found dead in a driveway on Cleveland's east side.

The body of Brandi Bledsoe, 32, was discovered on Drexel Avenue near East 108th Street around 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Cleveland police said the victim suffered head trauma and ruled the death a suspected homicide.

Family members, who know the victim as Brandi and Brandon, are remembering her.

Black Trans Woman Jazz Alford Killed in Alabama, the 22nd Trans Person Killed This Year

Black trans woman and North Carolina native, Jazz Alford was found dead in her motel room in Birmingham, Alabama in late September with initial police and media reports misgendering her. She’s the 22nd trans person killed this year, which is quickly catching up to last year’s death toll of 23 reported deaths of trans people — the majority of which were Black trans women.


Alford’s sister Toya Milan, who is also transgender, told Alford was a loving person and “didn’t know anybody that would want to hurt her.”

Trans activist Cheryl Courtney-Evans dies

Founder and CEO of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT, Inc.) Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 64 has died.

Official details about her death has yet to be released but according to a Facebook post Courtney-Evans made last Friday it seems that she was being treated for a health condition.

Courtney-Evans, named Grand Marshall of Atlanta Pride this year, had been fighting for transgender rights since an early age.

Actress, Entertainer and Trans Icon The Lady Chablis Dead At 59

Shock waves ran through the LGBT community as word spread that one of our most beloved entertainers has passed. The Lady Chablis, the iconic nightclub performer best known for her turn in the 1997 film adaption of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has died. She was 59.

Club One, the Savannah, Georgia, hot spot where Chablis famously performed, announced her death on Facebook, Thursday. A friend, Cale Hall, further confirmed to the Associated Press that Chablis was suffering from pneumonia, and had been hospitalized for the past month.

Trans Man Who Thought He Was Out of Shape Discovers He's Pregnant

A transgender man who had been taking testosterone jabs for years thought he was out of shape and needed to work out more, but it turned out he was pregnant.

Kayden Coleman, 29, who lives in Florida, had lived as a man for nearly a decade and was waiting for a double mastectomy when he notice he was putting on weight.

Now married to husband Elijah, he had been taking hormones for five years and never expected he would get pregnant.

But ahead of the mastectomy operation he had had to stop taking the injections.

Maryland woman Zella Ziona 21st transgender person killed this year

A 21-year-old transgender woman was shot to death at a Maryland shopping center Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Zella Ziona was found in an alleyway near a Washington, D.C. parking lot with a gunshot wound to her head. She later died at a hospital, according to WJLA.

Police: Philadelphia Trans Woman Kiesha Jenkins, Beaten Then Shot To Death By Group of Men

Philadelphia police have asked for the public's help in finding the men who attacked and killed a transgender woman early morning Tuesday.

Kiesha Jenkins, 22, of North Philadelphia, had been riding in a car that dropped her off at 13th and Wingohocking Streets around 2:30 a.m., said homicide Capt. James Clark.

Minutes after she got out of the car, Jenkins was set upon by five to six men who surrounded and beat her, Clark said. One of them pulled out a gun and shot her twice in the back, he added. She was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

Touching Video Captures Mom Surprising Her Trans Daughter With First Dose Of Hormones

A supportive mother surprised her transgender teen daughter with her first dose of hormone therapy - something she had been waiting two years for - in a moving video chronicling the life-changing moment.

Erica Maison, a mother-of-five from Detroit, Michigan, filmed 14-year-old Corey's heart-wrenching reaction to finding her estrogen prescription hidden behind a couch cushion after two-and-half years of waiting to begin hormone therapy before she stopped the camera to embrace her daughter.