While initial reports identified Lamar Edwards as a trans woman, friends of the shooting victim say he was a gay man beloved by his local community.
These young men say it can be difficult for male survivors, especially gay ones, to be taken seriously.
No arrests have been made yet in the murder of Ty Underwood, but friends of the victim say police should consider the attack a hate crime.
Lamia Beard died at a hospital after being shot in the early morning hours last Saturday, and local media outlets are failing to report accurately on the trans woman's death.
On his way home from celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Don Brooks never expected to be the victim of what he calls a hate crime.
Seeking more information is not the same as disbelieving a victim of sexual abuse.
After pleading guilty to stabbing a trans teen aboard a train, hate crime enhancements have now extended the maximum time Reginald Anthony Klaiber may serve in prison.
The police have not pursued hate-crime charges in the incident, which involved antigay slurs and assault.
LeslieAnn Manning says staff at her male prison facility knew that she, as a trans woman, faced an increased risk of rape, but chose to turn a blind eye.