A transgender woman was shot dead on Christmas Day in what her friends believe was a hate crime incident, before she was misgendered by police in death. Friends and family of Courtney Eshay Key have spoken out after she was killed in the evening of 25 December in the East Chatham neighbourhood of Chicago. The 25-year-old was found dead in an incident initially reported as a hit-and-run crash, though it has since emerged she suffered gunshot wounds. To make matters worse, police had initially listed the proud transgender woman as a man and an unidentified “John Doe”, provoking anger from those who knew her over the indignities she suffered in death.
Chicago Police face anger for misgendering Courtney Eshay Key. Lifelong friend Beverly Ross told CBS2: “We are human. We are real. We’re tired of Chicago Police misgendering trans people, gender non-conforming people. “They’re dehumanising our character.” Key was still listed as male in Chicago Police systems days after the incident, the outlet reports, despite her identity now being known.

via pinknews: Transgender woman shot dead on Christmas Day in suspected hate crime. She was misgendered by police in her death