Update 9 am Aug. 17th, reports have indicated Gwynevere was shot by their father.
A bittersweet shadow of victory was cast of over Texas’s trans community. News spread early that Texas legislature abruptly ended its special session late Tuesday without passing a bill regulating the use of bathrooms by transgender people, a setback for Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who had called the 30-day session in large part to enact such a law. The victory was over casted by the weekend death of a 26 year old trans person in a Dallas suburb.
Just past 5 pm on Saturday, August 12, Gwynevere became the 17th transgender individual in the United States to be murdered in 2017. They were shot by someone in their home. Gwynevere died at home after an argument escalated into violence Saturday afternoon, reports the Daily Light, a local paper. Song was pronounced dead at the scene². The other person was transported to the hospital. Early details at this link, but note that they are misgendered and dead named by the media here. In fact, the media even misspelled their family surname. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate.
Song was a 2015 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Marcy Mosher, who identified herself as Song’s mother, announced on the victim’s Facebook page that services will be held on Monday, Aug 21 at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home, at 1826 US-287 Business in Waxahachie.
“I love you so much, you are missed so much I can’t figure out how I’m going to go on,” Mosher wrote. “I promise you I will carry out your wishes.”
Trans Pride Initiative, a Dallas-based advocacy group, reported that the community is welcome to attend the services for Song.
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs¹, Song is at least the 17th trans person reported killed this year, and the second from Texas. Kenne McFadden was found dead in the San Antonio River on April 9. McFadden’s death has been ruled a homicide.
Transgender people face unprecedented violence, and discrimination. While we denounce the actions of #notourpresident concerning the death of a peaceful protester by a white supremacist, as minority leaders across the country asked for the trans community to stand in solidarity, we also ask those leaders to stand against the continued violence on trans people. Together we can over come hate and bigotry.
Rest in power, Gwynevere. Thank you for the beauty, thoughtfulness and imagination you brought to this world. May we honor your life and death by seeking justice for all our trans family.
The list of trans people killed in 2017
- Mesha Caldwell-Mississippi: 41 yrs. old RIP Jan. 4th
- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow: Sioux Falls: 28 yrs. old RIP Jan. 7th
- Jojo Striker-Toledo, OH: 23 yrs. old RIP Feb. 8th
- Keke Collier-Chicago: 24 yrs. old RIP Feb. 21st
- Chyna Gibson-New Orleans: 31 yrs. old RIP Feb. 25th
- Ciara McElveen-New Orleans: 26 yrs. old RIP Feb 27th
- Jaquarrius Holland (Brown)- Monroe, LA 18 yrs. old RIP Feb. 19th
- Alphonza Watson – Baltimore (RIP. March 22), 38 years old
- Chay Reed – Miami-Dade ( RIP. April 19), 28 years old
- Brenda Bostick-New York City, 59 years old RIP April 25th
- Sherrell Faulkner – Charlotte, NC (RIP. May 16), 46 years old
- Kenne McFadden – San Antonio (RIP. June 6), 27 years old
- Josie Berrios – Ithaca, NY (RIP. June 13), 28 years old
- Ava Le’Ray Barrin – Athens, GA (RIP. June 25), 17 years old
- Ebony Monroe – Lynchburg, VA (RIP. July 2), 28 years old
- Tee Tee Dangerfield – Atlanta, GA (RIP. July 31), 32 years old
- Gwynevere River Song – Waxahachie, TX (RIP. August 12), 26 years old
Say their name, read them loud. Hate tried to erase them, but for them we remain trans and proud.³
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- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program
- GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide on reporting on Transgender persons, and reporting of media mis-representation.
- TDOR or Transgender Day of Remembrance