Trans Women of Color Face Violence and Hostile Legislation in the South

Last year was a deadly one for transgender people in the US, with at least 27 known murders -- more than any other year, according to LGBT advocates. The worrisome trend appears to be continuing this year, which has already seen the murder of at least seven transgender Americans:

  • Mesha Caldwell, 41, was the first recorded transgender victim of 2017. A hairstylist and makeup artist, she was found on Jan. 6 after having been shot several times in Canton, Mississippi.