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Five transgender women of color have been murdered over the course of a five week period this year.

According to, “The average life expectancy for a Black transgender woman is 35 years.”

Thursday, on “NewsOne Now,” Lourdes Hunter, Co-Founder/National Director of Trans Women of Color Collective, Cleo Manago, Behavioral Health Expert and America’s Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Gardere joined Roland Martin to discuss this disturbing trend that is claiming the lives of transgender women of color.

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Police departments have recently come under fire for how they are reporting murders and violent crimes against transgender women. In many instances, law enforcement agencies report victims as men and use photos of them before they became women in their reports.

When talking about the reaction to violent crimes against transgender women, Manago said, “I think that there is a bias, I think there’s people that don’t understand …  why somebody would ‘make that choice’ and because it is seen a choice, as a conscious effort to be controversial, problematic and resistant to the norm, that you should get whatever you get. That whatever happens to you is what you deserve.”

Dr. Gardere said for transgender individuals to be murdered, “is all about the hate that there is out there, the miseducation that is our there, the ignorance that is out there …”   

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Listen to Martin, Lourdes Hunter, Cleo Manago and Dr. Jeff Gardere the stigmas associated with transgender relationships, and the increase in violent crime against transgender women of color in the audio clip below.

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