Prizm News / November 12, 2018 / By Prizm News
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Two Ohio women are among the 22 transgender people killed in the United States so far this year. They’ll be honored during Transgender Day of Remembrance services.


By Prizm News

Communities across Ohio will gather over the next week to honor transgender victims of hatred and violence for the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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This year, the names that will be read include two women killed this year in Cleveland:

Phylicia Mitchell

Phylicia Mitchell, 45, was shot outside her home in February. She left behind a longtime love, Shane Mitchell, who described her as his soulmate. “We went together everywhere. We did everything together. We always held hands on the bus. Years ago people didn’t respect that, but they do now,” he told The Plain Dealer.




Keisha Wells

Keisha Wells, 54, was found dead from a bullet wound on the West Side. Friends and family called her “Pokey” and said she loved glamorous clothes and accessories. Her best friend told The Plain Dealer she was “the nicest person ever” but also “a tough cookie.”




The Human Rights Campaign says 22 trans people—including 20 women of color—have been killed this year in the United States.

Here’s a listing of Ohio Transgender Day of Remembrance gatherings that we know of so far:

  • Kent State University: Thursday, Nov. 15 at the LGBTQ Center, Kent Student Center Room 024, 2 p.m.
  • Ohio University: Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Galbreath Chapel, 8 p.m.
  • Miami University: Friday, Nov. 16 at the Women’s and LGBTQ+ Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cleveland: Friday, Nov. 16 at Trinity Cathedral, 5:30 p.m.
  • Bluffton University: Friday, Nov. 16 at the Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Oberlin College: Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Multicultural Resource Center, 7 p.m.
  • University of Toledo: Monday, Nov. 19 at the UT Student Union Room 2592, 8 p.m.
  • Youngstown: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6 p.m.
  • Dayton: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Dayton Metro Library-Downtown Branch, 6:30 p.m.
  • Columbus: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
  • Cincinnati: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Woodward Theatre, 7 p.m.
  • Toledo: Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.
Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.