For trans women of color facing ‘epidemic’ of violence, each day is a fight for survival: ‘I’m an endangered species… but I cannot stop living’


Those who knew Muhlaysia Booker say she’s the type of person who can instantly brighten your day.

“She’s very infectious,” said Jessica Anderson, one of Booker’s best friends. “I don’t care if you’re in the worst mood…she’s most definitely going to bring you out of that.”

Booker, 22, an out and proud trans woman from Dallas, has been a beacon for other trans women who admire her.

“I have been trans all these years but I mostly lived in my house… She made me want to get out and live, and just be visible,” said Jazmine Deamon, another one of Booker’s friends and her self-appointed “Auntie.”


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