Penny Proud

Penny Proud

It breaks our hearts to report that another Black trans woman, Penny Proud of New Orleans, has been murdered.

Stop killing our sisters. This is a state of emergency.

Police found Proud, 21, at 1:30 AM on February 10 with multiple gunshot wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the fifth reported death of a transgender woman of color in 2015, reports the Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents:

Lamia Beard was found shot to death on January 17th in Norfolk, Virginia.
Ty Underwood was found shot to death early Monday morning on January 26 in Texas. [Earlier this week, Carlton Ray Champion, a football player at Texas College, was arrested in conjunction with her murder. He was apparently dating Underwood.]
Yazmin Vash Payne was discovered fatally stabbed to death on Saturday, January 31st at the scene of a house fire in the Van Nuys district of Los Angeles.
Taja Gabrielle de Jesus was discovered stabbed to death on a stairwell in San Francisco’s Bayview District on Sunday, February 1st, 2015

In addition:
Edwards, a gender non-conforming individual, was killed in Louisville on January 9. [READ: “The Case For Edwards Being A Trans Murder Victim“]
Candra Keels, a lesbian of color, was stabbed and killed by her girlfriend in Rochester, New York on January 18.
Ashley Belle, 22, was shot and killed by her girlfriend in Atlanta on January 26.
Jessie Hernandez, 17, a queer Latina was killed by police in Denver also on January 26.

We speak their names.

ELIXHER asked TransGriot blogger and trans advocate Monica Roberts with a heavy heart, “When will this stop?!” She replied, “When it’s socially unacceptable to attack trans women, when law enforcement takes prosecution of these cases seriously, and when Texas executes someone for killing a trans woman.”

This is a state of emergency, we repeat. Continue to raise your voices in outrage. Continue to mobilize in solidarity with our sisters. We won’t stop until this epidemic of killings does.

Anyone with information about Proud’s murder is asked to contact Homicide Detective Robert Barrere at 504-658-5300, or contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or

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