Pose actress Indya Moore has posted an emotional tribute to the trans woman found dead at Rikers Island, New York. Indya Moore, Elle’s first transgender cover star, expressed that they were deeply disturbed by the incident.
Layleen Polanco, a transgender inmate was found unresponsive in her cell at the Rose M. Singer women’s facility around 2:40 pm on 7 June.
According to the Department of Corrections, medics attempted to revive her for an hour before she was officially declared dead.
“Any death in our custody is a tragic loss, and we are looking into how this happened,” a Department of Corrections spokesperson further said.
Indya Moore Knew Layleen Growing Up
Indya Moore took to her Instagram, posting several pictures of the woman, identified as Layleen Cubilette Polanco Xtravaganza. Moore also explained that she knew her growing up.
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(link in bio for support) On June 7th, yesterday- layleen cubilette polanco Xtravaganza, a black latinx trans woman was found dead in her cell on rikers island, the women's division. No details on her death have been released. I'm so disturbed. I feel like I'm in a virtual reality. I knew Layleen growing up. I Remember desiring to be beautiful like her. She was cool, and funny too, like all of us she had dreams of escaping poverty and the misery of social ostricisation. She is the 10th trans woman to die this year. Noone knows if it was a murder, or how she died but this is the closest black trans death has ever gotten to me and this is extremely alarming and traumatic. As you all know the trans community is extremely small, we feel every loss and we often all know someone who knew somebody murdered. By initiation of the trump administration, the supreme Court is debating RIGHT NOW on whether trans people deserve to be a federally protected demographic, to equal access legal aid, employment, shelter, healthcare, and employment they are hearing our cases on why we deserve human rights. Our current administration is sending a legislative message that trans peoples lives don't matter and that is encouraging people to take our lives, it's making our deaths go uninvestigated. I don't want to die, I don't want us to die. And I won't fucking stand for it and I WON'T STAND BY AND WATCH PEOPLE PROMOTE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS SENDING A MESSAGE THAT OUR LIVES DON'T MATTER AND IT'S OKAY TO KILL US. I don't care who they are! OUR LIVES MATTER BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION. WE MATTER IN REAL LIFE AND THAT IS THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE OF MY WORK AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE!!! #ABOLISHPRISONS #STOPKILLINGUS #TRANSLIVESMATTER #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER #JUSTICEFORLAYLEEN. I WANT TO SEE THE ADVOCACY AND OUTRAGE FROM MY COMMUNITY AND FROM BLACK PEOPLE THAT WE SAW FOR #SANDRABLAND WHEN SHE MYSTERIOUSLY DIED IN JAIL. #JUSTICEFORLAYLEEN (link in bio for support)
“I grew up looking to Layleen as my goal,” Pose star Indya Moore wrote on Twitter. “She was one of the most beautiful women I ever seen who was trans.”
Moore further on added – ” She and so many other girls were an example to me. She was a member of my house, Xtravaganza.”
“I Remember desiring to be beautiful like her. She was cool, and funny too, like all of us she had dreams of escaping poverty and the misery of social ostracisation,” Moore further expressed through her post.
Furthermore, community members will be gathering on Monday evening to demand justice for Layleen at a rally outside New York County Criminal Court.
The DOC “established a trans housing unit to reduce violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people at Rikers. But ’better’ incarceration is still incarceration, and trans people are deeply unsafe in this system,” writes event sponsor Anti-Violence Project. “There is no Pride to be had while trans folks continue to face an epidemic of fatal violence.”
“Enough is enough,” AVP continues. “We demand a full investigation into the death of Layleen Polanco Xtravanganza and transparency with the community.”
A GoFundMe page launched in Layleen’s name has already raised more than $5,000 of its $9,000 goal in less than 24 hours.
“At this moment we don’t have much information on what happened to my sister,” writes Melania Cubilette. “All we know is that she got into a fight and got locked up and sent to Rikers she was there for a month and was due to come home the 13th of this month. We were notified yesterday that she was found dead in her cell with not much information.”
“We will make sure her story is heard after we find out what happened. Please help us lay her to rest,” Cubilette continues. “Layleen loved you all even those that didn’t like her very much.”
To Be A Transgender
While there may have been initiatives to better trans peoples lives, they have fallen weak against the inequalities they face. Trump’s controversial ban on transgender troops being a part of one of the many inequalities they face.
“By initiation of the trump administration, the Supreme Court is debating RIGHT NOW on whether trans people deserve to be a federally protected demographic, to equal access legal aid, employment, shelter, healthcare, and employment they are hearing our cases on why we deserve human rights,” Indya Moore continued.
‘Our current administration is sending a legislative message that trans peoples lives don’t matter” she wrote. “That is encouraging people to take our lives, it’s making our deaths go uninvestigated.”
“I don’t want to die, I don’t want us to die. And I won’t fucking stand for it and I WON’T STAND BY AND WATCH PEOPLE PROMOTE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT IS SENDING A MESSAGE THAT OUR LIVES DON’T MATTER AND IT’S OKAY TO KILL US. I don’t care who they are! OUR LIVES MATTER BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT AND TELEVISION. WE MATTER IN REAL LIFE AND THAT IS THE ULTIMATE MESSAGE OF MY WORK AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE!!!”
And you shall still be amazed to read furthermore that a “one-of-its-kind” school has recently opened in Chile. Its initiative is to educate and most importantly accept the trans children. They teach lessons like Maths, Science, and History but the thing that is heart-touching is that they are treated like normal beings. Unlike the social radar, which is quite judgemental.