Action Required: Ask Susan Epstein to Respect Eyricka Morgan’s Identity + Life

Today, I sent the following email to Susan Epstein of the The Star-Ledger about her report of the murder of Eyricka Morgan, a young trans woman of color who was murdered in her boarding home.

I’m heartbroken about the death of someone I knew, and shocked by the fact that Ms. Epstein chooses to carelessly erase Eyricka’s identity as a woman and her life as well, telling our community that she needs confirmation or proof that Eyricka was a trans woman.

Please email (sepstein@starledger.com), tweet  or call the reporter at (732) 249-5670 about misgendering Eyricka Morgan in . The point of this action is not to vilify Ms. Epstein, it’s to set the record straight on our lives.

Feel free to use my email as a template:

Hi Susan,

I will go on record, as an activist who knew the victim, Eyricka Morgan. She was a transgender woman of color and an advocate in the community. She went by she and her, and her identity should be respected even after her passing, despite what records may or may not say.
As a journalist who worked for mainstream media (I previously worked for People.com), I know that reflecting the truth of people’s lives is vital. The misgendering and erasure of Ms. Morgan’s identity does not only hurt her life and legacy, it also hurts an entire community of marginalized and often stigmatized people who are grappling with discrimination on many levels in our country.
http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2013/09/new_brunswick_man_charged_with_stabbing_man_to_death_in_city_boarding_house.html

Please fix this careless error and stop requiring that our lives need proof. We are who we say we are.

Thanks,

Janet Mock

  1. esinahs reblogged this from janetmock
  2. thisbitchyellsback reblogged this from janetmock
  3. mis-gender reblogged this from janetmock
  4. partnersofmtf reblogged this from imfromdriftwood
  5. nerdlover510 reblogged this from normandiewilson
  6. imfromdriftwood reblogged this from janetmock
  7. jayyc9 reblogged this from janetmock
  8. deracializing-joe reblogged this from janetmock
  9. nettlecrown reblogged this from fuckyeahqueermusic
  10. teathings reblogged this from janetmock
  11. tskarabella reblogged this from janetmock
  12. planetransgender reblogged this from janetmock
  13. bbq2020 reblogged this from black-culture
  14. poorbrat reblogged this from janetmock
  15. blaqueafricanroast reblogged this from black-culture
  16. computersoldierporygon reblogged this from black-culture
  17. chocolateflavoredeyes reblogged this from black-culture
  18. black-culture reblogged this from janetmock
  19. kaffesmurf reblogged this from janetmock
  20. jayuncutkinky reblogged this from janetmock
  21. wasteoiddd reblogged this from violentqueers
  22. toniangelougiovannihughes reblogged this from chellij8
  23. erkaah reblogged this from janetmock
  24. revsean reblogged this from grrlyman
  25. ebondandy reblogged this from thebigblackwolfe
  26. autie-baeddel-cat reblogged this from lisaquestions
  27. mageofmerde reblogged this from lgbtqblogs
  28. justaquickquestion reblogged this from punwitch
  29. whatabootsecondbreakfast reblogged this from punwitch
  30. stressbubble reblogged this from glitterlion
  31. queerbrownkidwrites reblogged this from grrlyman
  32. glitterlion reblogged this from grrlyman
  33. devc97 reblogged this from janetmock