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Updated: Vigil For Murdered Harlem Transgender Woman Islan Nettles Is Tuesday Evening

by David Badash on August 26, 2013

in News

A vigil for Islan Nettles, the murdered transgender woman who died Thursday after being on life support for almost five days, will be held Tuesday in Harlem, one block from where she was beaten. On Saturday, August 17, Nettles and a friend were walking in front of a New York City police station when several men approached them. Once the men learned the women were transgender, they physically and verbally attacked, with homophobic slurs and firsts.

Harlem Pride announced the vigil will be held at 6:00 PM EDT tomorrow, Tuesday, Augurst 27, at Jackie Robinson Park. The entrance is on West 148th Street at Bradhurst Avenue.

“Please keep in mind that this is a celebration of Islan Nettles, her love of life and an opportunity for the community to come together in unity and peace,” the group notes.

Nettles had written this on a LinkedIn profile:

“Creative,energetic, determined, social, positive and anti-violence are some words to describe myself.”



Image of Islan Nettles via LinkedIn

Poster via Harlem Pride


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blonde444 August 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

Let me start by saying that I knew Islan. She was a friend and I even hung out with her and other friends the night before this happened. I now wish I stayed in NY for that weekend as I most likely would of been with them and had the chance to change this terrible outcome.

When I last saw Islan Thursday night I had no idea it would be the last time I would see her smile or hear her laugh. I know that life was a struggle for her but regardless she still smiled and laughed a lot. One of her greatest gifts was bringing her positive sprit and energy into a world that often returned vitriol back to her.

What I will tell you from knowing Islan personally is that she was a beautiful, kind and loving person who through no fault of her own and due to bigotry and hate is no longer with us. There is no doubt in my mind that our world is less without her presence. She was a pure light that has been extinguished, and without her our world is less.

Luv4islan August 27, 2013 at 12:52 am

I've had the pleasure of knowing islan and as soon as I saw her I was attracted to her; and AS SOON AS I INTRODUCED MYSELF, SHE TOLD ME SHE WAS TRANS. She was very sweet, and easy going, and had this innocence about her. She was determined to fulfill her dreams, and had this unspoken confidence about her. I wish I was as sure as her, or that I felt as comfortable being myself as she did, what did she do that she deserved to be beat to death!??! She was so sweeeet and easy to love. Should've expressed my self to her more. I loved her…

HarlemNightHood August 27, 2013 at 9:35 am

My heart goes out to the posters above. Although I didn't know Ms. Nettles, we are a part of one community. May we all allow her courage and spirit to guide us going forward. This is a prime example of why other parts of the city need to have a safe space for the LGBT community. A center on 13th Street aint impacting the rest of the city – trust!

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