Post submitted by Beth Sherouse, former ACLS Public Fellow, HRC Senior Content Manager
Kandis Capri, 35, of Phoenix, was fatally shot Tuesday, August 11. She is the 16th transgender person we know of who has been a victim of fatal violence in 2015, and the 14th transgender person of color.
Like many in the LGBT community, Capri’s family struggled to understand her identity, but they are nonetheless devastated by her sudden death.
“[She] identified as transgender,” Capri’s mother said in an interview with the Guardian. “Initially I was against it, but eventually I determined that was my child and I still loved [her] and I accepted [her] as [she] was.”
The transgender community is facing an epidemic of deadly violence that continues to disproportionately affect young transgender women of color like Capri, who face multiple forms of discrimination that prevent them from accessing housing, employment and medically necessary healthcare, barriers that put them at heightened risk for fatal violence.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found in 2013, that when compared to their non-transgender LGBQ and HIV-affected peers, transgender people of color were 6 times more likely to experience physical violence from the police, 1.5 times more likely to experience discrimination, 1.5 times more likely to face sexual violence and 1.8 times more likely to experience bias-based violence in shelters.
For more information on anti-transgender violence, visit hrc.org/trans-violence.