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Trans Woman Murdered In Baltimore

A trans woman, Johanna Metzger, was stabbed to death in Baltimore, Baltimore City LGBTQ Affairs shared on their Facebook page.

According to a blog post by the Human Rights Campaign, Johanna Metzger “is believed to be the sixth transgender or gender non-conforming person violently killed this year in the U.S., and the eighth death in Baltimore since HRC began tracking this data in 2013.”

The Baltimore television station WMAR reported that Metzger was fatally stabbed at a rehabilitation center where she was staying. 

“FreeState Justice is deeply saddened by the loss of Johanna Metzger,” said C.P. Hoffman, legal director of FreeState Justice, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization specializing in LGBTQ-related legal advocacy.

“Far too many members of our community experience violence and harassment on a daily basis simply because we are transgender, and some of us — like Johanna, Bailey Reeves, Zoe Spears, and Ashanti Carmon — ultimately pay with our lives.

“Despite significant gains in recent years, society by and large still denies the fundamental humanity of transgender individuals or our right to exist as our true selves,” added Hoffman. “We dream and continue to fight for a day in which transgender Marylanders will no longer have to fear of being murdered — or of their killers being able to cite a panic defense to avoid responsibility for their actions.”

Although further details about the crime have not yet been made public, Baltimore City LGBTQ Affairs said they are “working closely with BPD to get details surrounding her homicide and with Baltimore Safe Haven to coordinate a response.”

As ‘Washington Blade’ reports, Baltimore Safe Haven, a local LGBTQ community center, held a vigil for Metzger. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Metzger’s life was honored virtually via Zoom.

“The trans community, LGBTQ, nonconforming community matters, and they need to step up and address this throughout the city,” Baltimore Safe Haven founder Iya Dammons said during the vigil.

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