Honor memories of Native Transgenders

Honor memories of Native Transgenders

NativeOUT honors the memories of all transgenders that have fallen victim to hate crime murder. Beginning in November 1999, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed in many cities worldwide. In vigils and memorial services, LGBTQ communitys everywhere honor the memory of persons murdered in the years past. Certainly the total number is much greater than these reported cases.

We especially honor the memories of three Native American transgenders, Amy Soos (Salt River Pima) and Fred Martinez, Jr. (Navajo), and Alejandro Ray Lucero (Hopi).

If anyone knows of other Native American transgenders, that were victims of hate crime murder, please contact us at info@nativeout.com or use our contact form. If you have any information on any unsolved anti-transgender violence crimes, please contact your local police department. Please contact http://www.rememberingourdead.org if you feel that a murdered transgender should be added to the Day of Remembrance list.

Show your support to the transgender community by attending your local Day of Remembrance event. Visit http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/where.html to find the event closest to you.


Amy Soos (Pima/Maricopa)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Cause of Death: Murdered
Date of Death: February 16, 2002
Source: Phoenix, Arizona police report
Notes: Amy Soos lived all her life on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation in Arizona, but often went into Phoenix in the evenings. After not returning home one such night, her body was discovered in a roadway. She died of multiple blunt force trauma. She had been beaten many other times before her death.
Website source: http://www.rememberingourdead.org
Tribe: Salt River Pima/Maricopa
Websites with more info:
http://cronkitezine.asu.edu/archives/stories/lostsouls03.html


Fred “F.C.” Martinez, Jr. (Navajo)
Location: Cortez, Colorado
Cause of Death: Bludgeoned to the head.
Date of Death: June 16, 2001
Source: Denver Post, July 6, 2001
Notes: On June 21, Fred Martinez, Jr., a 16-year-old, Native American high school student – who described himself as openly gay and “two-spirit” – was found beaten to death on June 21st. The badly decomposed body of 16-year-old Fred Martinez Jr. was found near the sewer ponds south of Cortez by two young boys who were playing in the area. Martinez’s body had been there nearly a week. Autopsy results suggest Martinez had been bludgeoned.
Website source: http://www.rememberingourdead.org
Tribe: Dine’ (Navajo)
Websites with more info:
http://www.temenos.net/remember/martinez/
http://www.glaad.org/action/calls_detail.php?id=2957
http://www.fuah.org/fuah_cortez.html


Alejandro Ray Lucero (Hopi)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Cause of Death: Murdered
Date of Death: March 3, 2002
Source: Phoenix, Arizona police report
Website source: http://www.rememberingourdead.org
Notes: 25-year-old Alejandro Lucero was found near 18th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix. According to police reports, it was death by strangulation and blunt force trauma to the neck.
Tribe: Hopi
Websites with more info:
http://cronkitezine.asu.edu/archives/stories/lostsouls03.html