FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from Louisiana Trans Advocates on the Murder of Vontashia Bell

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Rebecca Norris, LTA Shreveport President, 318-505-3637

Statement from Louisianna Trans Advocates on the Murder of Vontashia Bell

Shreveport, LA - Earlier today in Shreveport, a young transgender woman was murdered.  She is sadly not the first transgender woman of color to be killed in Louisiana this year.

Violence against trans people, particularly against trans women, is a plague that continues to affect our cities and communities across the state.  City and state leadership must work together with the trans community to curb this violence.

Vontashia Bell must not die in vain.  Her murder is a reminder of the current climate and national discourse on trans issues. Dehumanizing language and actions lower the barriers to this kind of senseless violence.  Shreveport and Louisiana leaders must speak out against these killings, against the ongoing, systemic devaluation of trans people that pervades our media and politics, and against the institutional racism that places almost all of this burden on trans women of color.

As we mourn the loss of Vontashia, we must double down our efforts to ensure that all trans people across the state have access to jobs, education, housing, and safe neighborhoods.

Rest in power, sister.

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 Vontashia Bell, 18 years old.

Vontashia Bell, 18 years old.

 

 

 

Dylan Waguespack