Another transgender woman found killed in Chicago

Tatiana Labelle. Photo from Facebook

Tatiana Labelle, a transgender woman from Chicago, has been found dead five days after her family reported her missing.

WLS-TV reported that Labelle was found in a garbage bin in the East Chatham neighborhood of Chicago.

“It is heartbreaking for someone to beat her to death and throw her in the trash like she was garbage,” her sister Shameika Thomas told the TV station.

The news comes just a few days after transgender activist Elise Malary was found on the Lake Michigan shore in Evanston.

Trans people, especially people of color, are the most vulnerable to violence. The Human Rights Campaign said that in 2021, 57 trans or gender non-conforming people were killed in the U.S. That topped the previous high of 44 people killed in 2020.

WLS said five of those were in Chicago.

“Tatiana, Tee-Tee, will be the seventh confirmed reported trans person that was murdered this year,” Iggy Ladden, director of the Chicago Therapy Collective, told the TV station. The number may actually be higher because it is not unusual for victims to be misgendered.

WLS reported that neighbors are stepping up community patrols.

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