At around 1am last Thursday – exactly two weeks before this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance – Destiny Lauren was found strangled at her home in Kentish Town, north London. Although she was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Free hospital, she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) arrested and bailed (pending further enquiries) a cis man in connection with Ms Lauren’s murder.
My first thought on reading the Press Association piece was positive: at last, a press report about a trans woman which doesn’t mention that she was trans. But in a society where we are still, for the most part, positioned as Other, as outsiders, deceivers and generally disposable, I begin to wonder if this omission really is a Good Thing™, or whether it merely adds to our erasure as human beings.