Within One Week Four Black Lesbians Were Murdered In the U.S…

Kaladaa Crowell was a 36-year-old behavioral health caseworker and mother of one child who lived with her partner in Florida. Two weeks ago, Crowell became the fourth black lesbian who’s brutal slaying made headlines at the end of December 2017. The murders are not connected and the cases have yet to make it through the criminal justice system. Still, there is a thread of similarity running through them and LGBTQ advocacy groups say they are among a growing number of tragedies they’re tracking. “We have been seeing an increase in violence against members of the LGBTQ community since the end of the [presidential] election cycle,” Beverly Tillery, the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, told HuffPost. “Anti-LGBTQ, immigrant and people of color rhetoric was really being kicked up at that time, and it certainly has continued with [President Donald] Trump’s administration,” Tillery said…

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