Philly LGBTQ leader calls for greater protections for trans women after latest attack

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — LGBTQ community leaders are speaking out after another transgender woman was attacked in Philadelphia, and calling for greater legislative protections.

Police said the 32-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times inside an East Mount Airy residence over the weekend.

"This latest attack ... is just another example of the violence perpetrated against trans women that permeates our society," said Celena Morrison, executive director of the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs.

She said after hearing about the incident, it is further evidence that greater steps need to be taken to protect trans women.

"The fix begins with removing the stigma around trans identity," she said.

Morrison said education is also important, but change won't come without protective legislation.

"These crimes need to be elevated to hate crime level across the board," she urged.

Just ahead of the Trans Day of Visibility on March 31, Morrison said the day carries even greater significance.

"This year, awareness is more important because right now dozens of states are considering legislation on LGBTQ discrimination," she said.

Morrison stressed communities need to speak up, then move protest into policy.

"This is a record year for anti-transgender legislation, and that is scary. On top of all of that we have this violence coming from within the community," she observed.

"My hope is that we can get to a point where people, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, can just live and walk safely in their truth," she shared.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, so far in 2021, at least 11 transgender or gender nonconforming people have been violently killed nationwide.

CORRECTION: The address where the attack took place is in Philadelphia's East Mount Airy neighborhood.