Transgender woman Brandi Seals, 26, was murdered in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood 6 am Wednesday morning, Dec. 13th.
Trigger warning, Misgendering and racist transphobic suppositions.
Despite having no evidence, witnesses or persons of interest while calling her “a man in women’s clothing” police postulated that she was a prostitute working for drugs.
What else would a black trans woman be doing at 6 am? (sic).
Seals is at least the 28th trans person murdered in the U.S. in 2017, the deadliest year on record for the community. The vast majority of victims, including Seals, have been trans women of color. Four of the murders have occurred in Texas.
Seals was repeatedly misgendered in a Fox 26 report about her murder, including by a Houston police detective who referred to the victim as “a man in women’s clothing.”
Two vigils are planned in Houston for Seals. The first will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the site of her murder, Brandon and Red Bud streets in Sunnyside. The second will be at Houston City Hall at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Anyone with information about Seals’ murder should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
This is a developing story. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.