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May 10, 2017

Vigil to Be Held for Murdered Trans Person

Mx. Bostick died May 4 after sustaining severe head trauma 8 days prior, making them the 10th trans person to be murdered in the U.S. in 2017

[New York, NY] A vigil will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 5:30pm for Mx. Bostick, 59, a trans person who died May 4.

There have been conflicting reports from service providers as to Mx. Bostick’s gender identity. While it was originally reported that their name was Brenda and they were a trans woman, we feel it is important to note that we cannot with confidence define their gender, as they went by the names Kenneth and Brenda alternately, and ultimately, the only person able to accurately determine how they would choose to be honored has had their voice extinguished.

Mx. Bostick  was found unconscious and unresponsive with head trauma on April 25 near 29th Street and 7th Avenue in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, and later died at Bellevue Hospital. Their death was ruled a homicide, making them the 10th trans person to be killed in the U.S. this year. All have been transgender people of color.

Attendees are asked to gather at 29th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of Five Guys restaurant, at 5:30pm. The vigil will begin at 6pm. It is expected to last for one hour. Attendees are invited to SAGE Midtown Center (305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor) from 7 to 8pm following the vigil.

WHAT: Vigil for Mx. Bostick

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2017 at 5:30pm

WHERE: 29th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of Five Guys restaurant

WHO: Coordinating the vigil for Bostick are following organizations:

  • APICHACommunityHealth Center
  • AudreLorde Project
  • Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
  • Callen-LordeCommunity Health Center
  • The Center (The LGBTCommunity Center NYC)
  • CK Life
  • Community HealthcareNetwork
  • Destination Tomorrow
  • GMHC
  • Gender Identity Network
  • Housing Works
  • Princess JanaePlace
  • NYTAG(NY Trans Advocacy Group)
  • SAGE
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

Press Contact: Christina Da Costa,, 917-553-3328

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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