C Riley Snorton

In 2015, while garnering publicity for the feature film Grandma
in a live interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, actress,
artist, and advocate Laverne Cox expressed a public grief:
We in the transgender community right now are reeling. Just yesterday we found out another trans woman was murdered—Tamara
Dominguez, and that makes a total seventeen known transgender
women who have been murdered in 2015 alone. It really is a state
of emergency. Your life should not be in danger simply for being
who you are. We have to say these people’s names. I think the reasons why trans women experience so much violence has to do with
employment, housing, health care, etcetera, so we need to make
sure that trans lives matter.

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