ACLU honored Hendry County transgender woman feared to be murdered

A transgender woman found dead inside a burned car last Wednesday has been nationally recognized.

The American Civil Liberties Union honored Bolman Slater. It said Slater is one of the 18 black transgender women who were lost in 2019. Local LGBTQ activists fear her death was a hate crime murder.

“I’m glad that it’s being shared because there is so many of them nationwide,” said Arlene Goldberg, an LGBTQ activist. “As far as locally goes… we don’t hear too many. People need to be aware that this is going on.”

Goldberg said Southwest Florida is becoming more accepting to gay and lesbian people. However, the transgender community still struggles to gain acceptance.

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are looking deeper into the motives. But as of Tuesday evening, the death has not been classified as a hate crime by the sheriff’s office.

Reporter:Gina Tomlinson
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