BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) responds to the homicide of Skye Mockabee, a 26 year old transgender woman of color in the Puritas-Longmead
neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
Reports indicate that a local business owner found Skye’s body the morning of Saturday July 30. BRAVO is working with Cleveland organizations and individuals
throughout Ohio to offer our assistance in supporting Skye’s family, friends, and community during this difficult time.
Although no details have been released about the motivation for the crime at this time, the possibility of hate motivation regarding her gender identity
must always be considered, given the ongoing prevalence of violence faced by transgender/gender non-conforming people here in Ohio and nationwide.
The murder of Skye Mockabee marks the 16th murder of a transgender/gender non-conforming person nationally in 2016. BRAVO is saddened to learn of this
most recent homicide. “We are concerned by the initial response of the Cleveland Division of Police and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office who misnamed and misgendered the victim,” according to Gloria McCauley, Executive Director of BRAVO. “Our
hearts, minds and condolences are with Skye’s family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. All of us at BRAVO are saddened and outraged
as our communities continue to be repeatedly targeted and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio,” said Aaron
Eckhardt, Training and Technical Assistance Director of BRAVO. “We must continue to come together as a broad community of support to say hate has no
home in Ohio, until hate has no home anywhere,” Eckhardt added.
BRAVO is a member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). In the most recent report,Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected Communities in the United States in 2015, BRAVO documented 71 incidents of anti-LGBTQI hate violence incidents in Ohio representing a 10% increase from 2014. Nationally, NCAVP received reports on 24 hate violence related homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-affected people in 2015, which was a 20% increase in the number of reports compared to 2014. Continuing an alarming multi-year trend, people of color and transgender and gender nonconforming people made up the majority of victims of LGBTQ and HIV-affected related hate violence.
“Sadly, we know that hate violence in its many forms is intended to instill a message of hate and fear throughout our entire community. Hate crimes largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, and people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own. BRAVO can help,” said McCauley.
BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll free, 866-86-BRAVO or visit our website http://www.bravo-ohio.org.
To learn more about our statewide advocacy and services, receive technical assistance, or support, contact BRAVO.
For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please visit www.ncavp.org.
BRAVO stands in solidarity with all Ohioans and has been working closely with organizations and individuals throughout the state including The Lesbian
Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland, TransOhio, and Equality Ohio as we come together responding to this heinous act of
BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identification, domestic violence, and sexual assault through prevention, education, advocacy, violence documentation, and survivor services, both within and on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.