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Transgender Murder Cases Remain Largely Unsolved

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Today, most transgender murder cases continue to remain unsolved in the United States because police are struggling to connect with LGBTQ+ communities and properly represent victims in the media. Several experts and advocates for the transgender and LGBTQ+ communities have stated that United States police routinely fail to protect transgender victims via illformed state hate crime laws and improper identification practices such as misgendering and misnaming individuals.

Transgender Violence Surges in Puerto Rico

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With the death of Samuel Edmund Damian Valentin, seven trans people have been killed Puerto Rico within the past year. LGBTQ+ activists like Pedro Julio Serrano are demanding that the government declare a state of emergency for gender violence and hate crimes. Additionally, the violence is the worst it has been in over a decade. In 2020, more trans people were murdered in the U.S. than in 2019. 

Bill named after slain transgender Vancouver teen seeks to limit panic defenses

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Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, evoked the memory of slain transgender teen Nikki Kuhnhausen before her colleagues last week approved a bill limiting so-called panic defenses.

Kuhnhausen, 17, disappeared in early June. Her remains were discovered Dec. 7 after a human skull was found in the woods at Larch Mountain, southeast of Battle Ground.