The body of a 25 year old transgender woman India Clarke was discovered in a park in Tampa, Florida in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Last seen by her parents Sunday evening India was discovered by an employee at the University Area Community Centre located at 14013 N. 22nd Street in Tampa. Her body was reportedly found lying beside the basketball courts.
This news comes as yet another terrible tragedy, our community has lost another beautiful young life to horrific violence.
Unfortunately as is frequently common in cases of media reporting the murder of transgender women local Tampa news network WTSP television news has been reporting the story as ‘Man Dressed As Woman Found Murdered’, repeatedly use male pronouns and use her birth name over her real identity. They have even tried to defame her character by reporting about an old arrest charge she had on her record.
An amazing young woman is dead and the media refuses to even report the story correctly, they refuse to accept her gender and try to defame her character.
Please don’t do the same. Speak her name, tell people about the tragedy that happened to her and respect her memory. Her name was India, she was a member of our community and she has been taken from the world. Fight to find her killer, honour her memory and spread her story. #HerNameWasIndia.
Rest in peace India.