Candace Towns, 30, of Macon, Georgia, was first reported missing on Sunday. Two days later, on Tuesday, her body was found at the top of a hill on Macon’s Rosecrest Avenue, the Telegraph, a local Macon paper, reported on Tuesday.Towns had been fatally shot, making her at least the 23rd transgender person killed so far in 2017. Lonnie Miley, the Bibb County chief deputy coroner, told the Telegraph that he was sure Towns’ death was a homicide. Read more.
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has directed the Justice Department to reverse a federal policy protecting transgender workers from discrimination.According to a memo dated Wednesday that was obtained by BuzzFeed, Sessions has instructed U.S. attorneys and the heads of federal agencies to stop interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a protection on the basis of gender identity. Read more.
“To be beautiful. To be a little sassy. Not much. Beautiful. Friendly,” that’s how Desmond Napoles, a 10-year-old drag veteran, defines being fierce — a word one be hard-pressed not to use when describing the precocious pre-teen.Drag found Napoles at the ripe young age of 2. “I used to get Mommy’s towels and everything and put them around my head and face,” he said. “And then clomp in her big heels — just clomp around the house, and it was fun.” He cites Pepper LaBeija and “realness” as inspirations for his looks. Read more.
Perfume is for women and cologne is for men — that, for many, is what we’ve been taught for most our lives. Walk through a department store and you will likely see strict gender lines. The colognes are in displays with male models or a heterosexual couple in deep embrace, with the cologne itself being stored in a black or industrial-looking bottle. Perfumes, meanwhile, are advertised with images of women or a couple that looks loving and sensual, with the perfume itself in a bottle that is white or pink or purple. Read more.
For transgender model and athlete Kayla Ward, her first campaign with the athletic company Asics is a full-circle moment.Growing up, playing basketball and being on the court is what made Ward feel like herself. Read more.
On Saturday, Anita Green will make history.When she competes in the Miss Montana USA pageant, which is a qualifier for Miss USA this weekend, Green will be the first-ever openly transgender contestant to compete for the crown in Montana.There has only been just one woman like her before: Kylan Arianna Wenzel, who made history by being the first trans woman to compete on a state level for Miss USA in California in 2013. And that came only after Donald Trump, who used to own Miss Universe Organization, which oversees Miss USA, changed the rule that had previously made trans contestants ineligible. Read more.
Kashmire Redd, 28, identified by police as a transgender man, was fatally stabbed early Monday morning in his Gates, New York, home — allegedly by his partner, 40-year-old Doris Carrasquillo, local outlet WHEC reported on Tuesday.Carrasquillo is charged with fatally stabbing Redd in the home the couple shared, allegedly after an argument. She has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Redd’s death. Kashmire Redd is at least the 19thtransgender person killed so far in 2017 — nearly all of the trans people killed so far this year have also been people of color. Read more.
This week’s news was dominated by America’s return to 20th century-style nuclear brinksmanship. But as the world waited with baited breath to see what the president of the United States would threaten North Korea with next, major policy changes and victories were playing out across the country. Here’s what you might have missed.