In Memoriam: Ashanti Carmon

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Carmon was murdered in Maryland on March 30th, 2019 — one day before Trans Day of Visibility.

Center on Halsted joins the community in mourning the loss of Ashanti Carmon, a trans woman of color, who was the victim of gun violence on March 30th outside of Washington D.C. We send love and care to Ashanti’s loved ones and offer our deepest support.

This tragedy on the eve of Trans Day of Visibility is a harrowing and heartbreaking reminder of the disproportionate violence toward trans women of color. For the last five years, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has documented a consistent and steadily rising number of reports of homicides of trans women of color.

Center on Halsted stands in solidarity with the trans and gender non-conforming community. We will honor the life of Ashanti and our fallen siblings through our commitment to work tirelessly with and on behalf of the trans and gender-nonconforming community. Together, we will continue to strive toward the day when all transgender and gender non-conforming persons can live and thrive in safety and peace.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted.

The Anti-Violence Project at Center on Halsted empowers LGBTQ communities and allies to be free from all forms of violence and their effects through free counseling, resource linkage, advocacy, education, and community engagement. If you or someone you know are currently feeling unsafe, targeted, or isolated, we can help. We are available Monday — Friday from 9am-5pm via our resource line (773–871–2273) and email ( Our services can also be accessed via our no appointment needed, walk-in hours on Monday and Friday from 10am-noon.

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s largest community center dedicated to advancing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Movement.

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