This past week two transgender women were murdered within days of each other. I have to say that it caused me to pause and wonder how in such a liberated city this could happen. It wasn't until I was going through my Facebook Group page that I realized that not many people within the LGBTQ community were even talking about it.
When as a community did we start turning our backs on any member of the LGBTQ community in New Orleans, why would we even consider doing this? It's been my experience that transgender members of the community are commonly looked down upon. Oh, we will never admit it to ourselves, but just look at how we treat each other; judging, criticizing, or putting others down.
Tonight I went to a candle light vigil for Chyna Dupree Gibson, a transgender woman who was murdered this past week. The show of support from those in the LGBTQ community seemed sparse, if down right non-existent. I mean was she not worthy enough to have those within the community to show their support, not just to her family but to show unity that we as a community stand together and will not tolerate this behavior. Because you write a check or have some title doesn't make you a supporter of the LGBTQ community; in my opinion you have to engage, become involved and speak up.
Now I am sure there were some from the LGBTQ community there, and to them I commend your belief that all lives in our community matter. I took the time out of my schedule to make it a point to be there. I wanted to know who the young lady was, and most importantly see firsthand the pain and grief of those who knew her best.