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March 24, 2020

National Center for Transgender Equality, Moms Demand Action Respond to Fatal Shooting of Transgender Woman In Charlotte

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, and the National Center for Transgender Equality today released the following statement in response to the death of a transgender woman in Charlotte. According to reports, Monika Diamond was shot to death in the back of an ambulance while being treated for shortness of breath early Wednesday morning: 

 

“My heart goes out to Monika’s family and friends, and everyone who knew and loved her,” said Claire Kempner, a volunteer with the North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This is yet another sad reminder of how gun violence disproportionately impacts marginalized communities – especially Black transgender women. We simply must do more.” 

 

“Monika Diamond should be alive today,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Deputy Executive Director at the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Gun violence is an epidemic that is killing the trans community – and we need to act now to pass common-sense gun laws that will disarm hate and save lives.”

 

Monika is at least the second trans person killed nationwide this year; both were killed by a gun. Research by Everytown shows that last year, at least 25 trans people were killed nationwide – 19 were killed with a gun. The vast majority of trans people killed in 2019 were Black women. 

 

According to Everytown research accessible through EveryStat, there have now been 82 homicides of transgender Americans since January 2017 – 74 percent of them gun homicides. 80 percent of all transgender gun homicide victims in the US were Black women.
 
About Moms Demand Action

 

Moms Demand Action is the nation’s largest grassroots volunteer network working to end gun violence. Moms Demand Action is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization with nearly six million supporters and more than 375,000 donors. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. There is a Moms Demand Action chapter in every state of the country and more than 700 local groups across the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter at @MomsDemand 

 

About Everytown for Gun Safety

 

Everytown for Gun Safety is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly six million supporters and more than 375,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors, students, and everyday Americans who are fighting for common-sense gun safety measures that can help save lives. Learn more at www.everytown.org and follow us @Everytown.

 

About The National Center for Transgender Equality

 

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

 

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