Two Guatemalan Transgender leaders assassinated during Pride Month

Two trans advocates were murdered in Guatemala City, Guatemala in June. Reinas de la Noche leader Cecy Caricia Ixpata, who worked at a farmers market and RedLacTrans advocate to the OAS, Andrea González, were assassinated during the first days of Pride month.

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Cecy Caricia Ixpata Andrea González
Cecy Caricia Ixpata (L) Andrea González (R)

Andrea González, 28, a leader of the Reinas de la Noche association of trans women, @InfoOTRANS was murdered Friday, June 11, in #Guatemala City. Just two days earlier, Reinas de la Noche member, Cecy Ixpata died in a Baja Verapaz hospital from injuries sustained in a separate attack. #NiUnaMenos

Cecy Caricia Ixpata was a trans woman originally from Salamá, Baja Verapaz (150 kilometers from Guatemala City). She was beaten to death on June 9. They found her dying inside a market, where fruits and vegetables are sold and she was a vendor. They transferred her to the Salamá hospital, where she died. Cecy was a member of the @Redtrans since 2012, they affectionately called her Morenita spoiled. Those responsible for the crime have not yet been found.

Both Andrea González and Cecy Ixpata were disrespected, misgendered, and dead named by the media, just as the vermin who killed them expected. The people who killed them knew they were working to make gender and name changes accessible for the people of their country. 

  • IGLA reported in 2019 that name changes were permitted but first, the applicant had to publish their request in the Govt. Gazette. If anyone objected a judge would decide in a court of law.
  • Gender marker changes on official documents are not permitted.
  • Bias-motivated crimes (a.k.a. “hate crimes“) on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity are reportedly tolerated by the Government, especially when the harassment or violence is directed at transgender people. The lack of civil rights protections and protections from hate crimes is attributed to the prevailing attitudes about sexual identity and gender roles.[26]In the late 1990s, there were several reports by the United Nations and some NGOs that LGBT people in Guatemala were being systematically targeted for death as part of a “social cleansing campaign”.

RedLacTrans wrote “Andrea was 28 years old, she was killed before she could exceed the life expectancy of a Trans person. She was killed by the bullets of hatred, of patriarchy, of the absence of the state. Not even in her death did they respect her gender identity, a right for which Andrea fought, until her last day.”
Please consider denying the killers a victory and sign the RedLacTrans petition to Latin American and Caribbean States (OAS): #QueSiTeImporte ¡Gender Identity Law Now!

The United Nations Development Program in Guatemala (UNDP) deeply regrets the murder of Andrea González, a trans leader, who through @InfoOTRANS, Queens of the Night, and @REDLACTRANS dedicated her life to the promotion and defense of human rights in Guatemala, particularly of the trans population.

The Organization of American States (OAS) in a statement said “We deeply regret the murder of Andrea González, director of the organization @InfoOTRANS, Queens of the Night and member of @REDLACTRANS, on June 11.”

STOP KILLING US!

Andrea González, Transgender leader from Guatemala and legal representative of OTRANS Reinas de la Noche, is assinated.

The murder of our colleague Andrea hits the entire RedLacTrans deeply, we lose a young woman, a fighter, an undisputed leader, who knew how to be the director of the most important Trans organization in Guatemala, and take the claims of Trans people to the most important spaces of political incidence.

Andrea was 28 years old, she was killed before she could exceed the life expectancy of a Trans person. She was killed by the bullets of hatred, of patriarchy, of the absence of the state. Not even in her death did they respect her gender identity, a right for which Andrea fought, until her last day.

We say to the government of Guatemala ||| ENOUGH !!!, we know that no one is going to return Andrea to us alive, but we are not going to stop DEMANDING justice, for Andrea, for all violated Trans people, and a definitive stop to so much violence.

From RedLacTrans we accompany the pain of Andrea’s companions, relatives and friends. always!

¡PAREN DE MATARNOS!

sesinan a Andrea González, lideresa Trans de Guatemala y representante legal de OTRANS Reinas de la Noche.

El asesinato de nuestra compañera Andrea nos golpea en lo más profundo a toda la RedLacTrans, perdemos a una mujer joven, luchadora, lider indiscutible, quien supo ser directora de la organización Trans más importante de Guatemala, y llevar los reclamos de las personas Trans a los espacios más importantes de incidencia política.

Andrea tenía 28 años, la mataron antes de que pudiera superar la expectativa de vida de una persona Trans. Fue asesinada por las balas del odio, del patriarcado, de la ausencia del Estado. Ni en la muerte respetaron su identidad de género, derecho por el que luchó Andrea, hasta su último día.

Al gobierno de Guatemala le decimos ||| BASTA!!!, sabemos que nadie nos va a devolver a Andrea con vida, pero no vamos a dejar de EXIGIR justicia, por Andrea, por todas las personas Trans violentadas, y un freno definitivo a tanta violencia.

Desde la RedLacTrans acompañamos el dolor de las compañeras de Andrea, familiares y amigues. lempre!

#QueSiTeImporte The RIGHT TO GENDER IDENTITY is the first step to access all rights. Gender Identity Law now! for all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Sign the petition here: chng.it/NBmGGQpRTZ Learn more about the campaign quesiteimporte.org

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender