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Trans Woman Murdered in Houston

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A transgender woman was shot to death in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood early Wednesday, Dec. 13, according to news reports.

Atlantis Narcisse, founder of Save Our Sisters, a local group for black trans women, identified the victim as Brandi Seals, 26.

Seals is at least the 28th trans person murdered in the U.S. in 2017, the deadliest year on record for the community. The vast majority of victims, including Seals, have been trans women of color. Four of the murders have occurred in Texas.

Seals was repeatedly misgendered in a Fox 26 report about her murder, including by a Houston police detective who referred to the victim as “a man in women’s clothing.”

Two vigils are planned in Houston for Seals. The first will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the site of her murder, Brandon and Red Bud streets in Sunnyside. The second will be at Houston City Hall at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Anyone with information about Seals’ murder should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

This is a developing story. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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