LGBTQ Community Will Gather Dec. 15 to Discuss Recent Violence

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Pilgrim United Church of Christ
  • Pilgrim United Church of Christ
The recent murders of Betty Skinner and Brittany Stergis have galvanized the region's transgender community, prompting open discussions amid bouts of fright and worry.

Skinner, 52, died of blunt force trauma. She was found in her bed at a senior apartment complex in Old Brooklyn. Stergis, 22, was shot in the head while sitting in her parked car outside a public housing facility on the northern end of West 25th Street.

A community action meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2592 W. 14th St.

From the event's Facebook page:

This Sunday we will be gathering to remember and discuss the recent murders of Betty Skinner and Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis, as well as the many violent attacks against the gay and lesbian community over the past six months. These senseless murders and attacks need to stop and we need our WHOLE community to be involved. Please join me as we all gather together!

We are calling on members of the LGBT community, community organizations, faith leaders, concerned allies, Cleveland city council members, law enforcement officials, city representatives and Mayor Jackson to come to hear our concerns and have dialog about what can be done to keep all of us safe.

Earlier this year, the murder of Cemia Dove similarly shook the greater Cleveland community.

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