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Queer Legislative Caucus Mourns the Loss of Savannah Ryan Williams

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Twin Cities community is reeling from the tragic murder of 38-year-old Savannah Ryan Williams, a beloved member of the transgender community. Williams was found dead on November 29 at the Minneapolis Lake Street light rail station.  

The Queer Legislative Caucus released the following statement:   

“We stand in collective grief and outrage at the senseless murder of Savannah Ryan Williams, a 38-year-old transgender woman brutally taken from our community. This heinous act of violence not only extinguishes a vibrant life but serves as a stark reminder of the dangers and discrimination faced by sex workers and transgender individuals, particularly BIPOC transgender women, and femmes. Transphobia has reached a crisis point, claiming lives with alarming frequency. It is imperative that we stand together, speak out, and actively challenge this dangerous ideology. 

“Savannah's death cannot be treated as an isolated incident. It is a consequence of a society that dehumanizes and marginalizes transgender people throughout their lives, even in the face of unspeakable loss. Black transgender women, at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, are disproportionately targeted for violence and face an epidemic of hate crimes. Savannah Ryan Williams was more than just a statistic, her life mattered. We honor her memory by calling for justice and passing legislation to create a state where everyone, regardless of their identity or profession, can live with dignity and safety."