August 12, 2019

Welcome to Talking Inclusively, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about intersectionality, LGBTQ+ issues, inclusion and more! Each month we’ll offer an article on diverse topics and suggest a few questions that you can use to lead a discussion focused on how we can make space that is more welcoming to everyone.

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South Carolina death marks 14th black transgender woman killed in U.S. this year

Source: NBC News

Author: Tim Fitzsimons

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Were you aware that 14 trans women of color had been murdered in the US since January 1 of this year? If so, where did you learn about women like Pebbles LaDime Doe and Denali Berries Stuckey? If not, why do you think that is the case?
  2. The author of this article notes that Pebbles was initially misgendered and deadnamed (used her assigned birth name instead of her chosen name) in initial reports of her death. What impact do you think this has on reports of anti-LGTQ violence? Do you think trans people of color are misgendered more often? Why or why not?
  3. The executive director of the Alliance For Full Acceptance and a presidential candidate have both called the violence against trans women of color a crisis. What impact, if any, do you think that will have?
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