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Task Force Calls for Swift Investigation into Recent String of Murders of Transgender Women in Baltimore

Date: 
July 17, 2014

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Task Force Calls for Swift Investigation into Recent String of Murders of Transgender Women in Baltimore

WASHINGTON, DC, July 17 —Yesterday, Baltimore City Police announced they are investigating the murder of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman and sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock. The murder of Ms. Henderson is the latest in a string of Baltimore area homicides in the last two months in which transgender women have been killed.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share our condolences with the family and friends of Mia Henderson. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Baltimore LGBT community.

"We are shocked and appalled by the recent string of murders of transgender women in the Baltimore area — and justice still has not been served. These heinous crimes are intolerable and have no place in our society. While we have made significant advances in Maryland and elsewhere to secure basic rights for LGBT people, transgender women are still being systematically targeted, harassed, discriminated against, and in the most atrocious crimes, killed for simply being who they are.

"Our country can and must do more to prevent crimes motivated by hate and anti-transgender bias. We call on local authorities for a swift and thorough investigation of the murder of Mia Henderson and the other transgender women who were recently killed.

"The National Gay and Task Force is in contact with Baltimore City police and their LGBT community liaison. We also call for applicable hate crime laws to be considered during these investigations in pursuing justice for the murders of these transgender women," said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2100.

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