NATIONAL NEWS: Trans Murder Victim Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds Remembered

Plus: Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz comes out as bisexual.

Dee Dee Dodds, courtesy of Facebook.

Dee Dee Dodds, via Facebook.

Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds’s murder brings this year’s toll of reported trans women’s deaths to 15.

On Saturday, friends and family paid their respects to the life of black trans woman Deeiquia “Dee Dee” Dodds who was murdered in Washington, D.C. Dodds, 22, was shot on July 4th near her home and died after spending nine days on life support. “This is Dee Dee neighborhood … everyone knew her,” Janiyah Littman, one of Dodd’s friends, told the press during the vigil. “Like, she always went somewhere, like she didn’t go too far.” It was also made known during the vigil that Dodd was a sex worker, a common occupation for working-class trans women who face employment discrimination. It is currently unknown whether her profession was connected to her murder; no suspects have been announced. Police are still investigating what exactly happened and whether she was the victim of a hate crime. The rate of murders of trans women has risen alarmingly this year. Even more disturbing is that there seems to be a particular trend of them being of color, with many of the reported 15 murdered so far have been identified as either black or Latina.

TV actress Stephanie Beatriz comes out as bisexual on Twitter with a simple “yup.”

Television actress Stephanie Beatriz, known for her role as Rosa Diaz on the hit show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, came out as bisexual on Twitter this weekend. In a nutshell, Beatriz’s coming out on social media was done with a few short words and some emojis.

She initiated the discussion when she shared actress Aubrey Plaza’s recent coming out in an article:

And then when a fan asked to make sure Beatriz was implying what many thought she was suggesting, she responded back:

I guess there is really nothing left to say other than “welcome to the club.”