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1. There’s no such thing as a model victim when it comes to violence against Black trans women

Candy was a controversial character to say the least. There were various moments throughout the series where she was disruptive to ball categories, mean to her queer and trans siblings, and the woman loved to use random items as a weapon for whoever crossed her path.

But Candy was also unapologetic about her talents and she wasn’t afraid to take risks even if she made a fool of herself in the process. Some of those risks, such as receiving risky silicon injections in Season 1, brought out her own insecurities about body image in a world that already doesn’t acknowledge trans women as women.

All these sides to Candy were important, and just how Black folks rally around imperfect cis Black men when they’re killed by state or communal violence, we should also rally around the deaths of Black trans women. Just this year alone, 13 trans women of color were killed, according to Human Rights Campaign:

Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle “Tamika” Washington, Paris Cameron, Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears, Johana “Joa” Medina Leon, Layleen Polanco and Brooklyn Lindsey.

All with full lives. All worthy of the action for justice and safety.

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