Brandon Teena, a 21-year-old trans man, was raped and murdered in Falls City, Nebraska on December 31, 1993. Two men were convicted of first-degree murder in the incident, which became the subject of the Academy Award-winning film Boys Don't Cry.
I don't remember hearing about the murder of Brandon Teena when it happened, in fact until recent years I can't recall seeing any reports about violence against the trans community and.
After watching Boys Don't Cry for the first time and being faced with the, albeit fabricated, brutality faced by Brandon Teena I realized that I had only ever learned a fabricated history of violence against the trans community.
So, I went looking for the details I'd been blind to until now. One of the first things I came across was this list of 'Unlawfully Killed Transgender People.' After reading about how each of the innocent people on that list, were murdered because of their gender identity, I decided to make an interactive to educate others on what the trans community faces simply for wanting to be who they are.
I know it is a small act and in no way comprehensive of everything the trans community deals with, but it is my hope that this interactive will prompt people to further educate themselves on trans issues.