Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2022
DELRAY BEACH, FL – According to the Human Rights Campaign, four transgender people have been killed in Florida so far this year:
- Duval Princess, a 24-year-old in the early stages of transitioning and who identified as transgender, was killed in Jacksonville on January 3, 2022.
- Nedra Sequence Morris, a 50-year-old Black transgender woman, was killed in Opa-locka on May 14, 2022.
- Semaj Billingslea, a 33-year-old Black trans man, was killed in Jacksonville on September 21, 2022.
- Tiffany Banks, a 25-year-old Black trans woman, was killed in Miami on October 1, 2022.
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Vice President Robin Witt issued the following statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
“Today we remember our four Black and beautiful transgender family members who we lost in Florida this year. The full lives of Duval Princess, Nedra, Semaj, and Tiffany were cut short for being their authentic selves. We must continue the necessary work of raising awareness, promoting tolerance, and supporting our transgender and non-binary community. We also cannot and will not stop fighting to protect transgender Floridians from the Republican Party’s relentless onslaught of political rhetoric and attacks that is deliberately endangering our lives.”
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus President Stephen Gaskill issued the following statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
“The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus honors the memory and legacy of the beautiful souls we’ve lost to senseless violence, and we stand in solidarity with our transgender members, Board members, officers, and those throughout the community. Our work is not done to protect their lives and dignity. As Ron DeSantis and his cult of sycophants continue to trade transgender and non-binary lives for political power, it’s on all of us to fight back with everything we have.”
The Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Floridians to the Florida Democratic Party. The Caucus is a statewide organization with chapters in 25 counties across Florida from Pensacola to Orlando to Miami – including most major metropolitan areas and many rural counties in between.