Trans sex workers endure violence and peril on the streets


Sex worker Tamika Spellman will always remember the night she was cornered by a gunman at a bus shelter in Washington DC. “I turned my back to him,” said Spellman, who is transgender. “I just knew I was going to die and I didn’t want him to shoot me in my face. I wanted my

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Activists struggle to track transgender murders


Insider Inc. published this piece about the difficulty of tracking transgender murders. See original version. Cathalina Christina James loved to travel and hoped to visit all 50 states, her father said. But he worried about her. “I used to tell her all the time: Strike one, you’re black. Strike two, you are transgender, and strike

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Brutal assault rattles LGBTQ community in Jacksonville


This story was published Oct. 10 in Insider Inc. See original version. JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Demetrick Jones was a carefree soul. Friends called him “Lil’ mama.” “He was a happy, happy person,” said Connie Blue, a longtime friend. “He just loved being around people.” But on Sept. 27, tragedy struck. Jones, 38, was beaten and

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Transgender woman found burned to death in a car


Insider Inc. published this story on Sept. 21, 2019. See original version. HARLEM, Florida — Bee Love Slater was afraid. “I don’t want to be here,” she told a friend. Slater was worried she’d “get into trouble” if she stayed in the forsaken little town of Pahokee, Florida, much longer. She was right. On September

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Louisville: A new hotspot for Cubans


I produced this story and video for NBC News (see original piece). LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Yolán González opened a grocery store in an unusual spot: The first floor of a four-story glass-covered office building. He called it Bodega Mi Sueño or My Dream Grocery Store and it barely filled 750 square feet in 2009. Today

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