How many more of us must die?

November 20, 2009

Even as my community remembers those of our siblings from every corner of the planet who have been murdered at the hands of transphobic bigots in the year since our last Day of Remembrance in 2008, news is breaking of the death last Friday of another of my sisters.

I don’t really feel able to process this properly at the moment, so here are a few selected verbatim quotes from various news feeds; Google News (link here) has more.

The body of a transsexual involved in a scandal that brought down an Italian regional governor was found among the remains of a house fire in Rome today.

Police said the corpse in a basement apartment was known as Brenda, one of two transsexuals linked to former Lazio governor Piero Marrazzo.

She appeared to have died from smoke inhalation.

(Via Ireland On-Line)


(Image via Telegraph.co.uk)

Transsexuals in the area rejected claims that Brenda committed suicide.

[…]

“They killed her. I do not know who. She was in a bad psychological state, she wanted to go back to Brazil. Now they must find who did this,” said Barbara, a transsexual friend of Brenda, told reporters.

[…]

“The police have done nothing, and all the transsexuals who live in this area are at risk of death. We are very afraid of the Rumanians,” Barbara told reporters, adding that the owner of the house where she lived wanted to evict Brenda.

“Brenda wanted to leave, she had already prepared her suitcases,” said Barbara

(Via adnkronos international)

Brenda was one of two transsexual prostitutes involved in the case of former Lazio Gov. Piero Marrazzo, ANSA reported. He resigned on Oct. 27 after it was reported he was being blackmailed by rogue cops.

The other prostitute, named Natalie, appeared in the video with Marrazzo, which was shot on Aug. 3 after two of a gang of four Carabinieri broke into her apartment.

The dead transsexual, who has denied having sex with the ex-governor, was questioned in the Marrazzo case on Nov. 2 about the possible existence of a second video.

A week later, on Nov. 9, she was found lying drunk and bruised on a Rome street claiming she had been robbed by a gang of eastern Europeans.

(Via United Press International)

When questioned in early November, Marrazzo, who is married with three children, admitted to several encounters with Brenda and another transsexual prostitute named Nathalie.

Later, reports surfaced about another, longer and allegedly more compromising video of him with cocaine.

“I had encounters of this kind with another person, a so-called Blenda (the name Blenda was used in the police minutes), which is a name that I read in the newspapers recently and which I remember,” said Marrazzo.

“During one of the encounters with Blenda, I remember seeing another transsexual, but whose name I do not recall. I think I only had two encounters with Blenda,” said Marrazzo.

(Via adnkronos international)

One Response to “How many more of us must die?”


  1. […] mass media coverage at all, whilst the murder last week of the Italian trans woman known as Brenda (link here) has received what I can only describe as salacious attention as a result of its reported […]


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