Rally Sends Message to Transgender Community

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CLEVELAND–  The recent murder of a transgendered victim prompted dozens to gather on the steps of Cleveland City Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Supporters said they want to send a strong message that violence against members of the transgender community will not be tolerated.

It was on April 17 that the body of Carl Acoff, 20, of Cleveland, or CeCe Dove as friends called the victim, was discovered floating in a pond in Olmsted Township.

CeCe had been stabbed multiple times; friends are calling it a hate crime.

“Too many women are getting killed, including my friend CeCe Dove,” said Ava Moore of Akron who attended the rally.

Those who knew CeCe said the victim lived a troubled life of acceptance, something many who gathered say they can relate to.

Zoe Lapin said, “We live in a very intolerant society. It’s intolerance because of ignorance. They don’t know us. They don’t know anything about us. They’re afraid to know us.”

City Councilman Joe Cimperman was also in attendance.  He says the murder is not an isolated incident, which is why he was at the rally, in an effort to promote tolerance.

Rally organizers say in just the month of April alone, there were reports of three transgendered women of color murdered in this country.

The transgender flag has been raised and flying outside Cleveland City Hall to continue to raise awareness about his issue.

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