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She authentically loved helping people, and often

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

Claire Legato was young, but she understood the beauty of harmony. Claire, who would’ve celebrated her 22nd birthday this month, is remembered by her friend Fred Hunt as a…


Her love of dance, makeup, and fashion radiated from the inside out

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

When Tracy Single took the floor at Houston’s Montrose Grace Place (MGP), an evening drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, she owned it. …


She dreamed of becoming a makeup artist and clothing designer

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

Looking at photographs of Chanel Scurlock, it’s difficult not to get lost in her eyes — deep and piercing yet playful. The false eyelashes she particularly loved to wear…


Despite painful losses, she clung to her chosen family to stay focused on the future

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

At first, Chynal Lindsey was apprehensive about finding her birth family. “What if they don’t like me?” Hilliary Calhoun, a childhood friend, recalls Chynal saying. But anyone who knew…


Those who knew her say she was always setting goals

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

“I want you to be my mother.”

That was the moment Zoe Spears stole Ruby Corado’s heart. It was after the police escorted Zoe, 19, to Casa Ruby, an…


She found a way out of no way and was loved for it

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

Instead of practicing for her driver’s test, making plans for junior prom, or exploring universities to attend after her high school graduation, 16-year-old Ashanti Carmon was choosing authenticity over…


Her family saw her as a phenomenal sister and daughter

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

“Look Taylor, you’re going to have to learn how to do this. I’m not going to keep doing this.


Surrounded by a supportive community, she always gave back

This story is part of Know Their Names, a collection of articles illuminating and celebrating the lives of Black Trans women.

Paris Cameron was a force — vibrant and full of energy. According to her loved ones, she was very sensitive, compassionate, protective, and loving. She loved to dance, cook…

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