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May 10, 2017

Vigil to Be Held for Murdered Transgender Woman


May 10, 2017


Brenda Bostick died May 4 after sustaining severe head trauma 8 days prior, making her the 10th trans woman to be murdered in the U.S. in 2017.  

[NEW YORK, NY] A vigil will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 5:30pm for Brenda Bostick, 59, a transgender woman who died May 4. She was found unconscious and unresponsive with head trauma on April 25 near 29th Street and 7th Avenue in New York's Chelsea neighborhood.

Bostick later died at Bellevue Hospital. Her death was ruled a homicide, making her the 10th trans woman to be killed in the U.S. this year. All have been transgender women of color.

Attendees are asked to gather at 29th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of Five Guys restaurant, at 5:30pm. The vigil will begin at 6pm. It is expected to last for one hour. Attendees are invited to SAGE Midtown Center (305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor) following the vigil.

WHAT: Vigil for Brenda Bostick

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2017 at 5:30pm

WHERE: 29th Street and 7th Avenue, in front of Five Guys restaurant

WHO: Coordinating the vigil for Bostick are following organizations:

  • APICHACommunity Health Center
  • Audre Lorde Project
  • Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
  • The Center (The LGBT Community Center NYC)
  • CK Life
  • Community Healthcare Network
  • Destination Tomorrow
  • GMHC
  • Gender Identity Network
  • Housing Works
  • Princess Janae Place
  • NYTAG (NY Trans Advocacy Group)
  • SAGE
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP)

Press Contact: Christina Da Costa, cdacosta@sageusa.org, 917-553-3328


SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org and lgbtagingcenter.org.


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