A transgender woman was found murdered in her Fontana, CA apartment on Tuesday morning. Domonique Newburn, born Daymond Watford, appeared in a 2010 web series called Hollywood Houseboys. The show detailed a group of gay and transgender friends building careers in Hollywood.
Newburn’s death adds to the already high number of transgender people murdered in the USA this year. Six known transgender people were murdered between January to April, according to reports by TransMurderMonitoring. In 2012, the total figure was 14.
Suicide and suicide attempts in the transgender community per year are also at high number. As recently reported by GayRVA, “A study released in 2011 conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality along with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that 41% of transsexual people surveyed had attempted suicide, compared to 1.6% of the general population.”
Transgender advocates have criticised KCAL9, a Los Angeles based CBS affiliate, for describing Domonique Newburn as a “man in a dress” in their headline about the murder. The station has since changed their headline and rewritten their report to include gender-neutral or gender correct pronouns.