Sumaya Dalmar was Somali, a professional model, and a transgender woman of color living in Toronto, Canada.
But now she has joined the growing list of tragic deaths in 2015. According to Planet Transgender, there are now 44 transgender individuals who were murdered or committed suicide. It’s only two months into the year, and I’m tired and heartsick of the counting, of the ever growing numbers.
It is not currently known how Sumaya Dalmar passed. The creator of the Facebook page In Loving Memory of Sumaya: A Celebration of Life, who is also organizing a memorial service to honor Sumaya’s life, explained that while “there is a lot of speculation surrounding the cause of Sumaya’s death,” that the “cause of death has not yet been verified.”
Some users on Twitter have been discussing her passing under #JusticeforSumayaYsl, and support, as well as rage, fear, and sadness, has been pouring out from the LGBTQ community.
“Somali community grieves our sisters’ senseless murder,” wrote one user, another noted that “transphobia murdered our sister.”
In yet further acts of violence, however, there are some who are misgendering Sumaya and using transphobic language. Some, ignoring the circumstances of her death or the violence that often happens to transgender women, criticized her transition.
In this disturbing series of tweets, one person stated that, “Allah said a man for a woman and a woman for a man. Allah does not love who changes his body,” “HES GOING TO HELL BRUH,” and “if I met this He-She I prolly woulda thought it was a girl at 1st…but damn…he got some explaining to do to God now.”
Others reminded those on twitter who may support #JusticeforMuslims, #BlackLivesMatter, and #BlackTransLivesMatter, to also raise awareness about #JusticeforSumayaYsl.
Planet Transgender, while following these series of tragic deaths, has begun to use the term transgendercide, saying that “certain segments of society have declared war on us and we are dying at a rate that endangers the very existence of our community.”
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Gwen is a writer who has an education degree, a social work background, an extensive knowledge of vegetables, and a devotion to queer revolutionary politics. She lives deep in the woods of Maine with two dogs, a magnificent partner, and an ever-growing collection of plants.