Cox said the lack of policies in place to ensure transgender murder victims’ gender identities are respected was an “injustice on top of injustice.”
Deadnaming is a term used by the trans community when a person is called a name they no longer use.
Cox said when she was contemplating suicide many years ago, she used to fear being deadnamed so much that she would plan to have a note in her pocket at the time of her death and around her home that “would state my name, preferred gender pronouns and that I should be referred to as a woman in my death.”
“Being misgendered and deadnamed in my death felt like it would be the ultimate insult to the psychological and emotional injuries I was experiencing daily as a black trans woman in New York City, the injuries tat made me want to take my own life,” she wrote.
In addition to sharing a link to the ProPublica article, Cox called on readers to “join with local trans organizations demanding that police do better on this issue and many others.”