services and vigil for community member Katya De La Riva

10438572_10153009950541119_8199852017722621734_nHere is info for the services for Katya De La Riva

The Vigil will be Friday Feb 6th, 2015 from 5:30 PM –  8:00 PM
Funeraria Latino Americana
355  W Cerritos Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805

The Mass will be Saturday Feb 7th,2015 @ 12 Noon
Iglesia  St Norbert
300 E Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865

Vigil Held for Trans Woman Murdered in Van Nuys, Suspect in Custody

Three trans women of color murdered in LA in the past four months should alarm everyone.

FEBRUARY 2, 2015 – BY

Trans murder rally Feb 1 2015

Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, known at birth as Michael, was found with multiple stab woundsSaturday morning when fire crews responded to a report of a fire at her apartment in Van Nuys.  She is the third trans woman killed in Los Angeles in the last four months and while her murdered is believed to be a case of domestic violence, a number of trans activists and allies held a vigil outside her building Sunday night to protest the continued violence against trans women.

“They’re killing us and nobody cares,” said trans activist Bamby Salcedo (in “Mati tee shirt above in her Facebook photo). “This is not an isolated incident. And it’s important that the LAPD continues to do what they’re supposed to do.”

In their annual Hate Crimes Report released last Oct. 15, the L.A. Commission on Human Relations reported that while hate crimes overall declined by 17% and fell by 41% against gay men between 2012 to 2013, hate crimes against lesbians increased significantly andhate crimes against transgender people increased by 46%.

Hate crimes against trans people have increased, nationally, as well. In advance of theirCreating Change Conference  that starts on Wednesday in Denver, the National LGBTQ Task Force issued a statement of outrage at the “ongoing string of homicides targeting transgender women.” In January, alone three young black trans women have been murdered: on Jan. 9, Ms. Edwards was killed  in Louisville, Kentucky; on Jan. 23, Lamia Beard was killed in Norfolk, Virginia; and on Jan. 23, Ty Underwood was murdered in Tyler, Texas.

National LGBTQ Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper said in a statement:

“The National LGBTQ Task Force is outraged by the murders of Ms. Edwards, Lamia Beard, and Ty Underwood. The level of violence against black transgender women in this country is unconscionable and part of an ongoing epidemic which birthed the#BlackLivesMatter movement.  Together as a nation, we must continue to stand up against the ongoing systematic violence and educate the public about the real harm caused by discrimination.”

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ (NCAVP) most recent report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013, documented 18 anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2013. Of those homicide victims, almost 90% were people of color. Almost three-quarters (72%) of homicide victims were transgender women, and more than two-thirds (67%) were transgender women of color.


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