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LGBTQ Allied Organizations Alarmed by Trend of Prosecution of Survivors for Self-Defense; Call for National Advocacy and Charges to be Dropped Against LGBTQ Survivors for Defending Themselves

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We, the undersigned allied lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations are deeply concerned by the national trend of prosecuting survivors of anti-LGBTQ hate violence for defending themselves. Currently Eisha Love, a young African American transgender woman, who was violently attacked by a group of people in a transphobic hate violence incident in her own neighborhood, is facing first degree attempted murder charges for defending herself from this attack. Eisha was the only person arrested. Eisha is currently being held by the Cook County department of Corrections in Chicago.

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NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Alejandra Leos, a transgender woman of color in Memphis, Tennessee; the seventh death of transgender women of color that NCAVP has responded to since the beginning of June

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Alejandra Leos, a transgender woman of color killed this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. According to media reports, Alejandra Leos was shot outside her home following a domestic dispute that originated within the home. Marshall Pegues, age 21, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.

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NCAVP learns of the intimate partner violence homicide of Scott Rogers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner violence homicide of Scott Rogers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Wednesday, August 27th. According to media sources, Rogers was shot to death by his son-in-law, Matthew Hodgkinson, who is believed to have been Rogers' lover. Hodgkinson then attempted suicide, but survived, and is currently hospitalized.

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NCAVP mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of an unidentified gender non-conforming person in Detroit, Michigan; the sixth gender non-conforming or transgender person to be killed since June 2014

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of an unidentified gender non-conforming person, on August 15th, 2014 in Palmer Park, Michigan According to local NCAVP member organization Equality Michigan, Detroit Police have arrested Eduardo Moss, who they believe was the victim's partner, in connection to this homicide. Local authorities also, and believe this homicide is connected to two other attacks against transgender women in Michigan in recent weeks.

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NCAVP learns of the intimate partner murder of Kelly Phillips in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner homicide of Kelly Phillips in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to media sources, on Monday, August 11th, Phillips was shot several times by his ex-boyfriend, Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, at a local gas station. Hoffman then fled the scene in the car that both he and Phillips were driving in. Police have identified Hoffman as the primary suspect and have charged him with second degree murder. Local authorities have yet to apprehend Hoffman.

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