transgender woman
Bee Love Slater

Another Black Transgender Woman Found Burned to Death in Car

Bee Love Slater, a black, transgender 23-year-old from South Florida was found burned to death on September 4. In the early morning hours, Hendry County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene to see flames overtaking a PT Cruiser parked in the grass in a rural Florida neighborhood in Harlem.

Slater lived about 32 miles from where her body was found. She comes from the southern bend of Lake Okeechobee in Pahokee, Fla., an economically depressed town best known for producing NFL talent.

Slater transitioned as recently as this year. She was saving money to move to Atlanta, friends told The Washington Post, because she thought people there would be more accept of her transition.

Related Article: Harvard Doctors Implore Congress to Investigate Migrant Child Deaths, ‘Poor Conditions’ at Border Shelters

“She always had a smile on her face,” her friend Desmond Vereen, who called himself her “gay mother,” told the Miami Herald. “She always gave hugs and kisses, always told you that she loved you.”

Slater’s body was burned so badly, she couldn’t be identified for days. But she has since been identified and her death has been marked a homicide. But there are no leads and so far, the sheriff’s office won’t name it a hate crime, according to The Washington Post.

“We can’t say it’s a hate crime yet because we don’t know what the motive was,” Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Susan Harrelle told ABC 7.

But LGBTQ advocates and allies say that Slater’s death is another in a long string of murders of transgender women in the U.S. that have gone unsolved that are definitely hate crimes. Florida has seen a large part of the spiking across the United States of transgender murders.

“Our society needs to work to ensure transpeople can live without fear,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said in a statement about Slater’s death.

Before Slater’s death but after her transition, she had received threatening Facebook messages that scared her.

She reportedly texted a friend that she wanted to leave town the night she died.

Latest News

Shane Brown

Las Vegas Police Sued for Jailing Black Man Using an Arrest Warrant Meant for a White Man With a Similar Name

In a case combining mistaken identity, incredibly poor judgment and racial profiling, Las Vegas police are accused of “confusing” a 23-year-old Black man for a white man twice his age simply because they share a similar name. And now that wrongfully detained man is filing suit against the police department…

Olivia Munn

AAPI Forum With Actress Olivia Munn To Discuss Anti-Asian Discrimination Hit with Racist ‘Zoom Bomb’

An online gathering of Asian American women and their allies to talk about anti-Asian discrimination felt the damage firsthand when a racist internet troll attacked their meeting. Leah Asmelash of CNN reported that the “virtual gathering of high-profile Asian American creators, including actress Olivia Munn, became the subject of their…

Boeing CEO David Calhoun Provides ESG and Supply Chain Update in Message to Employees

Originally published at boeing.mediaroom.com. Boeing Company ranked No. 17 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun shared the following message with employees addressing the company’s fourth-quarter results: As we share our fourth-quarter results, I want to thank you for your hard work and…

Cox Communications logo on screen.

Cox on 5 Things To Not Compromise in 2022

Originally published at cox.com. Cox Communications ranked No. 32 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   As you jump into a new year, you may have a list of resolutions you plan to work toward. From short-term goals like reading one book per month to long-term…