...A transgender woman has been fatally shot in Puerto Rico hours after someone called the police to inform them she had been using the women's toilet at McDonald's.
...Pedro Julio Serrano, an LGBT+ activist based in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan, called for authorities to investigate the killing as a hate crime and hit out at the press for misgendering Ms Ruiz.
...He criticised conservative groups and argued they have fostered hysteria centred around transgender people using bathrooms.
...Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the transgender justice initiative for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT+ advocacy group in the US, condemned her death.
..."She had dreams, hopes, hobbies and did not deserve to have her life taken from her. Human Rights Campaign has heard that Ruiz was experiencing homelessness, further highlighting the ways a toxic mix of transphobia and misogyny conspire to put the transgender community at risk of extreme violence."
Submitted 36 days ago