Transgender groups start Indigogo campaign to help with Bayview woman's death expenses 

click to enlarge Taja DeJesus
  • Courtesy Trans March
  • Taja DeJesus
A coalition of transgender community-based groups has started an Indigogo fundraising campaign to help the family of Taja DeJesus, who was killed in February in the Bayview.

The campaign was organized by a group called Trans March, but the site also emphasizes that it is a coalition of transgender community-based groups including the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Community United Against Violence, Dimensions Clinic, Ella Para Translatinas, SF Department of Public Health, SF LGBT Center, St. James Infirmary, Trans Employment Program, TGI Justice Project, Trans Life @ the AIDS Foundation, Trans Thrive and Transgender Law Center.

DeJesus was found stabbed to death in the stairway of a building in the 1400 block of McKinnon Street about 9 a.m. Feb. 1. The suspect in the stabbing was reportedly found dead the next day of an apparent suicide. DeJesus' death has galvanized the transgender community. Statistics show that transgender people face a greater threat of violence.

On Feb. 10, more than 200 people gathered on the steps of City Hall to decry violence against transgender people. Speakers claimed that at least six transgender people died violently in The City in the past year.

The Indiegogo campaign is meant to help DeJesus' family with funeral costs and other expenses, but any contributed money that goes beyond the costs of covering DeJesus' passing will go into a fund that will continue to help transgender women of color, like DeJesus, according to the site. Anyone interested in contributing to the campaign can go to life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/1123986.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign had reached 34 percent of its goal.

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