Target: Police Commander Lawrence Dupree of the New Orleans 7th District
Goal: Investigate the murder of Goddess Diamond as a hate crime and bring her murderer to justice.
The body of Goddess Diamond, a 20-year-old trans woman of color, was found in a burning car in New Orleans. This tragedy is a testament to the level of violence experienced by the LGBTQ community on a daily basis, and represents yet another death in a year of both individual and institutionalized violence against transgender people. 2015 saw the highest number of murders of trans people in U.S. history, and the majority of victims were people of color. It is not uncommon for the murders of trans people to go unsolved. However, out of the 53 reported murders of transgender people between 2013 and 2015, not a single one was prosecuted or reported as a hate crime.
According to Kelli Busey of Planet Transgender, while trans women make up less than one percent of the world’s population, a trans woman is murdered every 29 hours. It is vital that crimes against the LGBTQ community are investigated as hate crimes, and that the person or people responsible are brought to justice. The lack of attention and lack of resources committed to crimes such as the murder of Goddess Diamond contribute to the dehumanization of trans people and makes life more dangerous by allowing killers to walk free. Sign our petition and demand that Police Commander Lawrence Dupree investigate the murder of Goddess Diamond as a hate crime and bring her murderer to justice.
Dear Commander Dupree,
I urge you to treat the case of the murder of Goddess Diamond, found murdered in a burning car on the 5th of June, as a hate crime. Of the 53 reported murders of transgender people between 2013 and 2015 not one was pursued or prosecuted as a hate crime. This starves these cases of valuable resources that might aid in closing the cases and bringing the perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, pursuing this case as a hate crime will send the message that violence against transgender people will not go unpunished, or unnoticed.
There were ten reported murders of trans women in the first five months of this year, and many more instances of violence against transgender people. When these actions have no consequences we send the message that this violence is permissible, and we keep violent and hateful individuals in the community. I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that the killer of Goddess Diamond is brought to justice.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Tony Webster