HRC is saddened to learn of the death of Nino Fortson, 36, a transgender man fatally shot multiple times during an argument early Sunday in Atlanta.
Atlanta police were nearby executing a traffic stop and rushed to the scene, but Forston later died at the hospital, said transgender advocate Monica Roberts. Police are still searching for a suspect, according to CBS46, which sadly misgendered Forston.
Community members and allies took to social media to mourn the loss of Fortson death and used the hashtag #JusticeForNino to call out local news for misgendering him.
“His name is #Nino,” wrote Emily Nero Madhu on Twitter. “He deserves better than this crappy, misspelled blurb that refuses to acknowledge his beautiful truth. #JusticeForNino #DoBetter”
Nino Fortson is the tenth known homicide of a transgender person this year, and his death is the first known homicide of a transgender man in 2018.
An unidentified transgender person was also found dead this weekend in Dallas. Few specific details are known about the circumstances of the victim’s death; the Dallas Police Department is investigating.
Some media reports have begun referring to the death as a murder, and the Dallas transgender community is still reeling after the recent death of 26-year-old Karla Patricia Flores-Pavón. If the unidentified victim's death is officially confirmed as a homicide, they will be the eleventh known transgender person to be killed this year.
Since 2013, HRC has tracked 116 incidents of fatal violence against transgender and non-binary people. Of these, 65 have been victims of gun violence. In 2017, 16 out of the 28 deaths were the result of gun violence.
HRC Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition released a report documenting the senseless acts of violence that made 2017 the deadliest year on record for transgender people, particularly for trans women of color.
To learn more about HRC’s transgender justice work, visit hrc.org/Transgender.