Apparently Memphis is the most dangerous place to be transgendered, as shown by the recent spate of murders and beatings. At 5 a.m. on Dec. 23, Leeneshia Edwards was turning to get out of her car on Boxtown Road near T.O. Fuller State Park in South Memphis when an assailant shot her in the jaw, side and back. According to The Med, a teaching hospital in Memphis, Edwards has been discharged.
The attempted murder of Edwards is eerily similar in profile to that of Duanna Johnson, another transgendered woman shot to death in Memphis over a month ago
after being savagely beaten by police in a Memphis jail
. Both worked the Memphis streets as prostitutes and both are thought to be the victims of hate crimes, according to the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, an advocacy group pushing hate crime legislation that would include the transgendered population.