by Ashley Crary Lidow on Oct 5, 2021
#SayHerName: A Vigil Honoring Sasha Wall & Black Trans Homicide Victims
04/29/2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
South Carolina State House
On Sunday April 1st, 2018, Sasha Wall became South Carolina’s first-known transgender homicide victim, taken away from us too soon in what could only be described as a brutal hate crime.
Since 2013 when the Human Right’s Campaign began documenting this silent epidemic, 113 incidents have been identified and indexed.
Trans women continue to be the major target of these hate-crime inspired homicides and the Black trans community is being affected by this epidemic most intensely. Sasha Wall’s killing made her South Carolina’s first victim, the 8th victim for the year, and the 2nd victim in the South within the span of 5 days.
But as we’ve seen with a number of these homicides, the cycle of violence does not simply end with the incident at hand. It is often institutionalized, then further perpetuated by transphobic reporting in the media.
Sasha was misgendered by County Sheriff Jay Brooks who was quoted referring to her as a “he,” and other local reports further compounded his derogatory behavior, the most grotesque of which labeled Sasha as a “cross dresser,” who was found “wearing makeup and women’s clothing.”
We are organizing this vigil as a way to affirm Sasha’s womanhood, honor her life, and raise awareness about the trans homicide epidemic plaguing the American South.
Please come out and show your support for Sasha Wall and South Carolina’s Black Trans community.
More info here.
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