Murder of Philadelphia Transgender Women Causes Outrage Among LGBTQ Advocates

WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2015—The National LGBTQ Task is outraged at the recent murder of London Chanel, a 21 year old Black transgender woman. London was killed yesterday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“We are outraged and deeply sadden by the loss of London Chanel, a young Black transgender woman that was brutally murdered in Philadelphia. London was just beginning a new stage of her life before it was taken away. She had so much to look forward as she was set to reunite with her mother and return home to Texas in just a few weeks. This is yet another senseless loss of human life as a result of transphobia. These murders of our transgender sisters must stop.

“Nine transgender Black and Latina women have been murdered across the US this year alone. This is why we urge local authorities along with the Department of Justice to look into this matter and to use every tool available to obtain swift and appropriate justice for the loss of London’s life. The epidemic of anti-transgender violence must end and we need everyone engaged in this effort to stop these murders,” said Kylar Broadus, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.


Jorge Amaro
Media and Public Relations Director