9 homicide in Kentucky was not transgender, the homicide was not a hate crime, and the victim’s gender identity was not a factor in their investigation.
Information obtained by Buzz Feed News, however, directly contradicts or severely undermines all of those assertions.“Papi got shot because she was a transgender female,” Tiffany, who was at the scene of the shooting and a friend of the victim, told Buzz Feed News in a phone interview this month.
Especially since the impending closure of Tink’s coincides with the end of Starbase Q, a gay bar on West Main Street. Technology has made it easier to meet people of all sexual orientations online, meaning gay bars no longer act as the only outlet.
Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign, says that nationwide, gay bars have emerged as unintended collateral in the fight for acceptance.
In a dark, crowded room adjacent to an empty dance floor, a cover band growls out “Son of a Preacher Man.” Clusters of women in blue jeans sway and sing along. The bar strives for a jazz club vibe with candlelit tables draped in black, but the feel is more like a house party.
Tonight is one of the last Saturday nights for Tink’s Pub on Preston Street, Louisville’s only lesbian bar.
If so, that would make the Louisville homicide the seventh case in two months in which trans women of color have been killed.
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Surveillance video of the shooting, which police provided to the court as evidence, shows the victim — identified by police as 20-year-old Sherman Edwards — presenting as a woman, with long hair and carrying a light brown purse.
And just hours after the homicide, Tiffany told investigators the gunman attacked Edwards after getting mad that Edwards identified as transgender — staging an ambush in a hotel hallway.