The body of an African American transgender woman was found over the weekend in Dallas.
What We Know:
- Chynal Lindsey’s body was found in a lake on June 1, Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said Monday. Lindsey’s death is the latest addition to an alarming trend of violence against transgender women of color.
- This is the second murder of a transgender woman in Dallas this year. Lindsey’s death will be investigated as a homicide. Dallas police have requested the FBI’s help in solving Lindsey’s case as well as the murder of Muhlaysia Booker, another transgender woman who was fatally shot in South Dallas.
- These deaths bring the total number of unsolved homicide cases involving transgender victims to four, Dallas Police Maj. Vincent Weddington said. This number includes homicide cases from the years 2015 and 2018.
- In April, a transgender woman was stabbed multiple times and left for dead in South Dallas. In each case, the victims were African American. While it is unclear if the killings are related, Hall urged people to come forward with any information. “We are actively and aggressively investigating this case,” Hall said.
- June is LGBTQ Pride Month which honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. It is a month full of celebrations and more visibility of those in the LGBTQ community.
How will members of the LGBTQ community feel safe enough to enjoy themselves during this month and on any given day?