Thursday, 23 July 2015
Transgender Woman Nephi Luthers Murdered In Georgetown Guyana
Whilst still mourning the death of one transgender women from Florida, India Clarke, the transgender community was hit with another blow when mere hours later a second transgender woman was reported killed, this time in Georgetown, Guyana.
The Guyana Transgender United Group broke the news on Wednesday that Nephi Luthers was killed whilst involved in a discussion with a man in the heart of the capital. Nephi, a sex worker, was speaking to one of her clients when the man pulled out a gun and shot Nephi in the head.
Despite the quick response from her fiends and colleagues who rushed her to the nearest hospital Nephi was pronounced dead upon arrival.
As of yet reports are that no members of Nephi's family have come forwards to claim her body.
As is so often in cases of transgender murder the media are reporting Nephi's case with little to no regard for who she was, or even common decency. Media outlets are using her birth name and male pronouns to identify her, and bringing her character into judgement because of the line of work she was in.
A woman was murdered in the street, killed like an animal and once again the media is trying to turn a heinous crime into a judgement on the victim. It was her fault for dressing as a female, it was her fault for engaging in sex work, she put herself in that danger.
I'm sorry, but no. No. Nephi's death was not 'her fault', if the media wants to blame anyone then blame the monster who killed her in cold blood. Stop blaming the victims. Stop dehumanising trans women. Treat these women with a little common decency. #HerNameWasNephi
Rest in peace Nephi.
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