LGBT Atlanta is memorializing Chyna Gibson and raising funds to help the family of the popular transgender performer who was murdered Saturday as she celebrated Mardi Gras in her hometown of New Orleans.
Gibson – also known as Chyna Doll Dupree – performed in drag shows and pageants in Atlanta and across the country. She lived in California but had returned to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. On Saturday, the 31-year-old performer was gunned down in a shopping center. Via the Times-Picayune:
Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, New Orleans police found Gibson shot several times. Neighbors said they heard eight to 10 gunshots. By 9:30 p.m., police had cordoned off the Bella Plaza shopping center, where a body lay between two cars parked in front of a clothing store.
Gibson was the first of two transgender women killed in New Orleans in two days, and among three killed in Louisiana and seven transgender people killed this year in the U.S., according to the New York City Anti-Violence Project. In 2016, 23 transgender and gender nonconforming people were killed. Via Southern Poverty Law Center:
In New Orleans, local transgender activist Syria Sinclaire expressed sadness about the trend. “We should have the right to live our lives open and free and not be taunted and traumatized by the general public if they don't approve,” Sinclaire said in a statement released by the Anti-Violence Project.
Shelby Chestnut, director of community organizing and public advocacy for the organization, said the record-pace number of transgender homicides comes at a time when “the Trump administration is rolling back protections for transgender youth. This is totally unacceptable.”
“We need to protect transgender lives at all stages, but especially in youth where they experience bullying, family rejection and violence that affects them throughout their lives,” Chestnut said.
Black Transwomen condemned Gibson's killing as "horrific."
BTWI is horrified to learn that mere days after we have communicated our dismay, shock and anger over the killing of Keke Collier. that we must now discuss the murder of another trans woman
Chyna Gibson had gone home to New Orleans to like thousands of other people, celebrate Mardi Gras and be with her family during that festive time.
Instead, she was brutally murdered. Shot ten times and left to die in the parking lot of a New Orleans strip mall.
BTWI would like to express our condolences to Chyna's family, friends and all who loved her. She was well known in the pageant and ballroom community as Chyna Doll Dupree, and she will be missed.
Rest in power and peace, Chyna
In Atlanta, the cast of the long-running Stars of the Century at Jungle honored Gibson during their show on Monday. Performer and internet radio personality Enrique Fann thanked the crowd in a Facebook post:
Tonight's show was phenomenal!!! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Chyna Gibson. We laughed, we cried....we celebrated her life. To the patrons I want to say thank you for coming. To my cast mates Necole Phillips Raquell Cuffee Niesha Dupree DeMorris Adams Archie BonetChristopher Johnson and Stasha Sanchez just wanna say that I love and appreciate you guys. Not just because of the moment but ALWAYS. Trinity Kardashian Bonet and Jour'danae Dickerson Foxx thanks for sharing in the celebration. Happy birthday Derek Anderson!!! Good night my Facebookers and remember to love one another and spread positivity
Through Sunday, the Stone Mountain restaurant that Fann owns with partner Tyrese Tee will donate 10 percent of its sales to Gibson's family.
Hey guys. I know I have alot going on and I'm constantly posting about love, positivity and support BUT I want to take this time to assist in honoring my niece Chyna Doll Dupree ( Chyna Gibson) memory. Although we have lost a few of our Transgender brothers and sisters, I can only do so much.
BEGINNING Wednesday March 1st- close of business Sunday March 5th....if you eat at Ol'Skool Flava (our restaurant), my partner Tyrese Tee Ol'Skool and I will be donating 10% of our total sales daily to the family of Chyna Doll. I would love aid the other girls also but I can only assist one. I challenge other business owners to step up and do the same so that we can assist these families of our Transgender community.
You can visit our website www.olskoolflava.net for the full menu. We're located at 6670 James B. River Memorial Dr. Stone Mountain Ga. Open daily 11am.
Please SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT. Let's not sweep this under the rug. #transgenderlivesmatter.
Nightlife promoter Mario Young, who operates My ATL Productions, said in a Facebook post on Monday that reports of Gibson's killing "shocked" him.
Still In Shock My Heart And Prayers Goes Out To Your Family You Will Truly Be Missed!#Myheartisheavy
On Saturday, friends and fans of Gibson will host a candlelight vigil and prayer for Gibson and other transgender people killed at Mixx before the Peach State Review Show.
After having a talk with my newcomer Peach Destini Monroe and promoter John Brooks, we've all came to a consensus that we need to let the world know we stand in solidarity with our trans sister's. So starting at 10:45 pm Saturday March 4th, before the Peach State Review show at Club Mixx, we will be having a candle light vigil and prayer for all of our slain trans people. PLEASE join us. If you're trans, we especially NEED you there. Come stand and pray with us and let us uplift one another! We need eachother now more than ever. See you all Saturday. Feel free to share. If we don't stand for our sisters who will???