The second annual Philly Trans March Oct. 6 was dedicated to Kyra (Kruz) Cordova, a 27-year-old Philadelphia transgender woman who was active in the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative. Cordova was found shot in the head on Sept. 3. A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her murder. Several family members also spoke about the unsolved murder of Stacey Blahnik, a 31-year-old African-American trans woman murdered in 2010.
Speakers raised the case of Cece McDonald, a young African-American transgender woman incarcerated for manslaughter after an incident in Minneapolis that began when she was violently attacked because of her race and gender. Well-known author and revolutionary, Leslie Feinberg, has dedicated the 20th-anniversary edition of her book, “Stone Butch Blues,” to McDonald and the struggle to free her.