FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2019
Aaron Eckhardt, Director
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BRAVO mourns the loss of Claire Legato, in Cleveland, Ohio
BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization) responds to the homicide of Claire Legato, a 21-year-old transgender woman of color killed in Cleveland, Ohio who suffered life-threatening injuries April 15, 2019 and died May 14, 2019.
Reports indicate Claire was shot by John Booth who has been charged and a warrant issued for his arrest. BRAVO is working with Cleveland area organizations and individuals throughout Ohio to offer our assistance. “Our hearts, minds, and condolences are with Claire's chosen family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. We at BRAVO are saddened and remain outraged as our communities continue to be repeatedly targeted, and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio. 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,” says Aaron Eckhardt, Director of BRAVO.
According to media sources, the assault happened during an argument in the home between two other people. At BRAVO we recognize even when no motive or incomplete motive is known, 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, and non-binary people living here in Ohio and nationwide.
The homicide of Claire Legato marks the fifth homicide of a transgender person murdered in 2019. Eckhardt added, “This is a critical time; we all have to acknowledge and continue to take action to combat this epidemic and seeming increase of hate and bias violence here in Ohio. We call on all systems, government, and community to commit more resources to resist and reduce this violence in Ohio and the nation.”
“We at BRAVO know that the reality of hate violence is intended to instill a message of hate and fear throughout our entire community. Even with seeing this increase in reporting, it is still true that hate violence incidents largely go under-reported, or not reported at all, as such people are left with restoring their sense of safety and security on their own. BRAVO can help,” said Shinesha Yoder, BRAVO Survivor Services Coordinator.
BRAVO encourages anyone who has experienced anti-LGBTQ violence in Ohio to contact us toll-free at 866-86-BRAVO or visit our website at http://www.bravo-ohio.org. To learn more about our statewide advocacy, survivor services, receive training, and/or support, contact BRAVO. For help locating an anti-violence program in your area, please visit www.ncavp.org.
BRAVO is working in solidarity with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland, other organizations, and with all Ohioans as we come together responding to this heinous act of violence.
BRAVO works to eliminate violence perpetrated on the basis of gender idenity, gender expression, and sexual orintation, 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.
BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).