What it feels like for a Girl: The Price of Being Trans (Blog Proposal)

By: Douglas Reyes

I will be discussing trans issues/concerns within the tri-state area (NYC, NJ), mainly focusing on murders that have occurred within recent/past years, some have been solved, others still remain open/unsolved. I will also be reflecting on the daily lives of the trans community, i.e., struggles, dealing with rejection, crime, homelessness, prostitution (escort), ridicule, and finding acceptance within the LGBTQ community (sometimes gay men outcaste them). Furthermore, I will also incorporate trans success stories, i.e., Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Candis Cayne, Laverne Cox, and Amanda Lepore, a few among the vast success stories within the trans/lgbtq community.

Murders

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1. Islan Nettles (2013) (New York)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/nyregion/embarking-on-a-new-life-transgender-woman-has-it-brutally-taken.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/islan-nettles

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/grieving-mom-encounters-transgender-daughter-alleged-killer-article-1.1597711

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2401349/Islan-Nettles-dies-Transgender-woman-dies-savagely-beaten-friend.html

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2. Erycka Morgan (2013) (New Brunswick, NJ) (Rutgers University)

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-stabbed-death-new-jersey270913

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/28/eyricka-morgan-transgender-woman-murdered_n_4005558.html

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3. Lorena Escalera (Lorena Xtravaganza) (2012) (Brooklyn)

http://nypost.com/2012/05/13/transgender-star-dies-in-bklyn-blaze/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/nyregion/woman-in-group-of-transgender-performers-dies-in-brooklyn-fire.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/lorena-escalera

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130507/bushwick/transgender-star-lorena-escaleras-murder-still-unsolved-year-after-death

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4. Victoria Carmen White (2010) (Maplewood, NJ)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/03/907393/-NJ-murder-of-trans-woman-Victoria-Carmen-White-beloved-by-many-disrespected-by-law-enforcement#

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/cousin_of_transgender_woman_fa.html

http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/09/family_left_with_questions_abo.html

http://wildgender.com/victoria-carmen-whites-murder-trial-the-prison-industrial-complex/2643

http://www.advocate.com/crime/2012/05/26/newark-man-acquitted-murder-transgender-model

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5. Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar (2010) (Queens, NY)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/transgender-woman-amanda-gonzalez-andujar-strangled-man-dating-cops-suspect-article-1.166814

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/nyregion/15transgender.html

http://nypost.com/2013/12/06/hey-she-was-just-a-ho-sick-bid-by-killers-lawyer/

http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2013/46/glendalestrangle_tl_2013_11_15_q.html

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6. Venus Xtravaganza (1988) (Paris is Burning, 1990, Jennie Livingston) (New York) (Jersey City, NJ)

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/10-2013/the-murder-of-venus-xtravaganza-1988_66240.html

http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/17921/1/the-legacy-of-venus-xtravaganza

http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Venus_Xtravaganza

Success Stories

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1. Janet Mock (Former Staff Editor, People Magazine) (Activist, Author) (New York)

http://janetmock.com/janet-mock-bio/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/janet-mock/transgender-coming-out_b_1146414.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janet_Mock

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2. Carmen Carrera (Model [Elite Model Management], Burlesque Performer, Reality T.V. Personality) (Elmwood Park, NJ)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/living/carmen-carrera-profile-nyfw/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Carrera

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3. Candis Cayne (Actor, Model, Performance Artist, Legendary Nightlife Icon) (New York)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candis_Cayne

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4. Laverne Cox (Actor, Reality T.V. Personality, Producer, Trans Advocate)

http://www.lavernecox.com/bio-2/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverne_Cox

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5. Amanda Lepore (Model, Muse, Fashion Icon, Nightlife Icon [Original Club Kid], Singer, Actor, Performance Artist, Businesswoman)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Lepore

http://amandalepore.net/bio

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/amanda-lepore/

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