Loved Ones Mourn Amber Monroe, the 12th Trans Woman Of Color Killed This Year


[fusion-lede]In the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 8, Amber Monroe of Detroit became the 12th transgender woman of color to be killed in 2015—and that number is a conservative estimate.[/fusion-lede]

“[Amber] loved to dance,” Bre Campbell told Fusion. Campbell is a trans activist from Detroit living in Washington, D.C., where she’s a fellow at the National LGBTQ Taskforce. She knew Monroe from the Horizons Project, which specializes in HIV/AIDS prevention and care for adolescents at Wayne State University.

“She would always come to my groups,” Campbell said of Monroe, who was 20 at the time she was killed. “She kind of looked up to me a little. She told me a lot about her life. She was just funny, really funny.”

Campbell recently started the Trans Sistas of Color Project, an organization that promotes the voices and stories of transwomen of color in Detroit to educate the communities that these…

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