Enough is Enough: Open Letter from the Publisher

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I find myself reflecting on the incident that led to the murder of Agnes Torres in Mexico. I am deeply saddened to hear that a member of my community has been murdered; not only that she was murdered but in the way she was murdered.

I sit here thinking: how did it happen? What was she thinking as she was being brutally assaulted, burned and tortured. I think to myself: did she suffer a lot before she was killed? I know the answer: she did.

I am deeply saddened knowing that Agnes had to die just because of who she was.  I am especially saddened because Agnes was a respected leader in my community. She was someone who was loved, and someone who did a lot of work to advocate for the well being of our community.

I am saddened because she was a person who gave voice to many people who did not have the opportunity to speak. That voice is now lost. How can we ever to replace Agnes? Never!

It is very hard to endure witnessing the injustices perpetuated by our society that continue to happen to our community. I ask myself: when will these atrocities stop?

Is this not the month when we are suppose to celebrate women? If so, then why are trans women not seen as the women that we are in this society?  How many of us need to die before the violence against us stops?

I would like to ask society: Why can’t you just live and let us live as who we are? Why do you have to kill us to prove that you are a monster? Because that is what our society currently is, a monster! A monster without a heart, a monster that has grown callous in our quest for our human rights, the human rights of trans people.

This is why you kill us. You don’t care about who we are as human beings; you rather see us dead. But I say this to you society, FUCK YOU!

We’ll prove to you that it does not matter how many of us have to die or how we die, some day I know you will recognize us as the human beings that we are, just like any other person.

Today, I have to say goodbye to Agnes, and tomorrow you’ll probably will have to say goodbye to me. I don’t care how I go or how you say goodbye to me, what I do care about is an end to the senseless acts of violence.

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Bamby Salcedo

Bamby is a nationally recognized transgender Latina woman activist, academic, public speaker, community organizer and artist. Bamby has created and found several organizations and projects such as Angels of Change, the first trans youth calendar aimed at providing trans youth with a positive image and the TransLatin@ Coalition. Bamby has participated in numerous state and national conferences and colleges as a presenter and motivational speaker. Bamby has been recognized locally and nationally for her great work in the community.

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  • http://twitter.com/charruita Victoria Garcia

    Bamby, 100% agree with your letter. I m so angry…more than sad. 

  • Persivalz

    I met Agnes, she was a very kind person, I don´t understand why she was murdered, she didn´t do anything, just being herself, we will miss her a lot…

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    • MonicaR62

      She was an intelligent woman stepping up to be the voice for a marginalized community and squashing stereotypes along the way.   Somebody saw that as a threat.

      That’s probably one reason why she was killed.

  • http://twitter.com/KarariKue Karari Kue

    Bamby, we SHOULD be angry! It is way past the time for trans women to accepted as the women they are. It way past time that society stops questioning the gender of trans people. It is ok to be angry. Hell, we should be furious. This attack on Agnes was a direct attack at us. We need to stand firm and defend our trans sisters who consistently receive the brunt of anti-LGBTQ hate.

  • MonicaR62

    Bamby Amen for the open letter.  It’s past time for the senseless violence aimed at transwomen to end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robertojavier.lmft RobertoJavier Lmft

    It is with great sadness that I read this article. The GLTBQ community needs to unite to express similar emotions of frustation and despair when an individual is killed, abused or discriminated because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity (race, raligion, age, etc. are also important). When would all this stop? How can each of us make a contribution to end this senseless act of abuse? I think we (as society) need to reflect on how I (as individual) can assist in the reconstruction of a tolerant community. It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to change a society. Thank you Bamby for your contribution to this change. Peace