Trans person is killed on Georgia highway

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Nino Fortson was shot multiple times following an argument in Atlanta, Georgia during the early hours of May 13. They were trans-masculine and gender non—confirming. They were shot on the intersection of Woods Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway after an argument with four other people. They were led to the hospital but did not survive multiple injuries. The death of the 36-year-old is the first known death of a trans masculine-presenting – a transgender person whose gender expression is masculine but does not identify as a man – or gender non-conforming person in 2018. Forston, who also went by the name Nino Starr, was an established member of Atlanta’s gay ballroom scene as part of the group the House of Blahnik, frequently performing under the “Butch Realness” category. Kamaro Blahnik, the head of the nationally known performance house, paid tribute to the person on social media. Blahnik wrote in the post: “I know a lot of you were close to Nino. My heart goes out to each of you and please keep me in your prayers as I mourn the loss of my Son as well.” As is often seen in the deaths of transgender people, local reports originally misgendered Fortson, identifying them as a woman.

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