Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Body of 19-year-old Chicago Black trans woman found in June 2020, identified April 2021
by Sue Kerr, PGH Lesbian Correspondents
2021-04-24

This article shared 2914 times since Sat Apr 24, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


On June 6, 2020, the body of an unidentified young Black trans person was found in an abandoned building at 7908 S Laflin in Chicago.

twitter.com/KaylaraOwl/status/1292173435750277123 .

Koko Nia Labeija was born 29 May 2001 in Chicago where she grew up. She attended Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School ( www.facebook.com/pedroalbizucamposhighschool/ ) The school held a memorial event this past Friday. She worked at Oberweis Creamery. She described herself as "a makeup artist in the making." She was a fan of the Kardashians.

Her Twitter profile reads:

"Hey guys and gals. I love the Kardashians/Jenners. My favorite word is Bible. I love Fashion and makeup. Peace out."

The website TDOR was deemed essential is helping to identify Koko. This site memorializes the lives and deaths of transgender victims of violence around the world. This is her tribute page: tdor.translivesmatter.info/reports/2020/06/06/koko-nia-labeija_chicago-illinois-usa_6f2b3596 .

The message also said that her page on tdor.translivesmatter.info (which listed her as "Name Unknown") was key to her identification in the city morgue (which had predictably misgendered her). Visibility of victims matters so, so much.

How very sad that it took a year or longer to identify Koko. And we still don't know how long she had been dead or how she ended up there. Here last post on Facebook was May 5 and her body was discovered on June 6, 2020. But it is a testament to the power of community reporting that the truth surfaced. And we can now say her name and push the Chicago police to investigate further the death of a teenaged Black trans woman.

I struggle to understand that the police did not even consider that her identity was female or nonbinary especially given that she was wearing clothing considered women's, including Pink-Colored Lycra Shorts. That resonates so visually in my mind. I flashback to the 2013 murder of Cemia Dove ( www.pghlesbian.com/2013/04/her-name-is-cemia/ ) whose body was found tied to concrete while "clad in a red Betty Boop tank top, three black bras and a light black hooded jacket." Beyond the deliberate indignity, I carry just this intense memory of the colors.

Rest in power, Koko. We failed you repeatedly, even as you walked through this world seeing beauty. Your life and death matter.

May your memory be a revolution.


This article shared 2914 times since Sat Apr 24, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Dan Wolf, owner of The Bagel, dies at 77
2022-07-04
Dan Wolf, the longtime owner of the iconic The Bagel Restaurant & Deli, has died at age 77. According to an obituary at legacy.com, Wolf was of the few child survivors of the infamous Theresienstadt concentration ...


Gay News

WORLD KyivPride, Romanian bill, marriage items, Cynthia Erivo
2022-07-03
Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+-rights event, KyivPride, went ahead as a peace march—in Warsaw, Poland, CNBC reported. It joined Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest such event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international ...


Gay News

Attorneys discuss anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, other legal threats
2022-07-02
On June 29 at a Citywide Pride event, Elizabeth Myers and Jennifer Ecklund—partners in the Dallas office of law firm Thompson Coburn—shared insight about the unprecedented amount of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation passed this year and how it relates ...


Gay News

ACLU files case against Indiana's anti-trans law
2022-07-01
On July 1, a law banning transgender girls from playing on girls' sports teams in schools went into effect. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked for an injunction on the law, WTHR reported. On ...


Gay News

Survey: Americans hold complex views on gender identity and trans+ Issues
2022-06-29
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2022) — As the United States addresses issues of transgender rights and the broader landscape around gender identity continues to shift, the American public holds a complex set of views around these ...


Gay News

CTA launches celebration to mark 75 years of service to Chicago
2022-06-29
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) turns 75 this year. In the coming months, as the CTA moves closer to its historic destination—a Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Daley Plaza, on Oct. 1—the public can participate in various ...


Gay News

HRC on how the end of Roe v. Wade impacts the LGBTQ+ community
2022-06-28
-- From a press release. Video below. - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in light of the dangerous Supreme Court decision in Dobbs ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Elliot Page, NPH, Madonna, Chita Rivera, Jennifer Lopez
2022-06-26
Elliot Page talked with talk-show host Seth Meyers about how her Netflix show The Umbrella Academy incorporated the actor's own personal transition into season three of the series, Deadline noted. "With Steve Blackman, the showrunner of ...


Gay News

Rugby league bans trans women from international competition
2022-06-24
Rugby has banned transgender players from women's international competition until further notice, following global swimming's decision to restrict trans athletes' participation at the elite level, Reuters reported. The International Rugby ...


Gay News

North Carolina to issue accurate birth certificates for transgender people without requiring surgery
2022-06-24
-- From a press release - (Greensboro, NC — June 23, 2022) — Transgender people born in North Carolina will now be able to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates without the need for surgery under a consent judgment issued ...


Gay News

Human Rights Campaign celebrates 50-year Anniversary of Title IX
2022-06-23
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued a press release recognizing the 50-year anniversary of Title IX. HRC Interim President Joni Madison said in a statement: "Title IX has had a transformative impact on our ...


Gay News

HRC report: Wage for LGBTQ+ women is 79 cents to the average man's dollar
2022-06-22
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, released new data outlining ...


Gay News

Gloria Allen screening/gathering to take place June 23
2022-06-20
A film screening/community gathering to honor the late trans icon Gloria Allen (also known as Mama Gloria) will take place Thursday, June 23, 6-8 p.m., at the South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave. ...


Gay News

Clela Rorex, first County Clerk to issue same-sex marriage licences, has died
2022-06-20
-- From a press release - BOULDER, CO - Out Boulder County and the family of Clela Rorex are saddened to announce the death of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pioneering ally, Clela Rorex. On March 27,1975 Clela issued the first ...


Gay News

Governing body restricts trans swimmers; HRC responds
2022-06-19
On June 19, swimming's world governing body, FINA, voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in women's events and will look into creating an "open competition" category, Yahoo! News reported. FINA members voted 71.5% in ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.