Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Murdered transgendered woman a possible hate crime victim

Memphis police are investigating the death of Rodney Whitaker, age 20, an African American transgendered woman who was found on July 1, 2008, in Memphis, Tennessee.

While police are currently investigating the circumstances of the crime, says Tennessee Equality Project President Christopher Sanders, there is reason to believe that Whitaker’s murder was a hate crime fueled by “transphobia.”

Whitaker’s murder is the latest in a string of hate crimes against the Memphis transgender community.  This week’s murder follows the February 16 murder of African American transgendered woman, Tiffany Berry.

Read the original article at the Out & About online newspaper.

Read a related article at the Memphis Eyewitness News website.

July 3, 2008 - Posted by | African Americans, Hate Crimes, Tennessee, transgender persons | , , ,

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