In a tragic turn of events, Cashay Henderson yet another black transgender woman has lost her life to senseless violence. The city of Milwaukee is mourning the loss of one of its own after she was shot and killed before her apartment went up in flames. Her death serves as a stark reminder that our society still has a long way to go when it comes to protecting and valuing the lives of marginalized communities.
On Sunday (Feb. 26), Cashay Henderson, a black transgender woman, was fatally shot before her apartment caught on fire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tragic event has left the LGBTQIA+ community reeling, as another one of our own has been taken from us too soon.
This tragedy is yet another reminder of the violence that transgender people face on a daily basis. In the United States, at least 26 trans people have been killed so far this year – the majority of them being black trans women. This is an epidemic that must be stopped.
We must demand justice for Cashay Henderson and all the other trans people who have been killed simply for existing. We must also continue to fight for the rights of all LGBTQIA+ people, so that we can live our lives freely and without fea
The need for justice and accountability in Milwaukee is great. There are many cases of police brutality and misconduct that go unsolved, particularly when it comes to the black community. This needs to change.
As news of the death of another black transgender woman spread, members of the Milwaukee LGBTQ community and their allies gathered to remember her.
“She was always so happy and full of life,” said one friend who wished to remain anonymous. “This is just so senseless.”
Others spoke about the fear that many in the community feel. “It’s hard enough being trans in this world, but being a trans woman of color is even harder,” said one speaker at the gathering. “We have to be careful every day, because we can’t count on anyone else to keep us safe.”
In the wake of the tragic death of a black transgender woman in Milwaukee, it is more important than ever to take action to create safer environments for transgender people. There are many ways to do this, but one important step is to make sure that transgender people have access to safe and affirming housing.