Graduation Date

Fall 12-18-2020

Grading Professor

Felipe De La Hoz

Subject Concentration

Spanish Language

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


The Trans Latinx Community has been one of the most harmed due to the coronavirus pandemic in New York. According to a survey by the Williams Institute at the University of California Law School (UCLA), there were 17,300 self-identified transgender Latinas in 2016 in the State of New York. Most of them are people of color, undocumented, without any type of health insurance or job stability. To these vulnerabilities must be added the violence and prejudices that still exist against this community, which affect the equality of their rights.

There is no official data that shows how many transgender people have died due to the coronavirus in New York. In fact, on the New York City Department of Health website, there is even a note stating: "Due to the small number of cases among transgender and non-conforming gender persons, data on those cases are not included in this table at this time.” However, grassroots organizations such as Colectivo Intercultural Transgrediendo, Trans Latina Network, and Lunicorns (of Staten Island) have kept their own records of deaths from coronavirus and estimate that, so far, 30 transgender people have died in New York City from causes related to the virus.

These same organizations have been in charge of distributing food, providing masks and other protective implements, as well as organizing activities that have allowed the community not to feel disconnected during the quarantine.

Link to capstone project:

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El Colectivo Lunicorns de Staten Island organizó la celebración de Día de Los Muertos el domingo 1 de noviembre de 2020. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Cada 20 de noviembre se conmemora el Día Internacional de la Memoria Trans. Este año se hizo en el Triángulo Manuel de Dios Unaune en Queens. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Elizabeth Chávez es una mujer transgénero mexicana de 37 años. Es voluntaria y activista del Colectivo Intercultural Transgrediendo, en Queens. La foto fue tomada en las oficinas. Foto:Óscar Molina V.

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Elizabeth Chávez participó durante el evento de Día de los Muertos en Staten Island. Durante su discurso, honró la memoria de la activista Lorena Borjas. La foto fue tomada en el ferry de camino a Staten Island. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Joselyn Mendoza (izquierda) y Lesly Herrera son las socias fundadoras de la cooperativa de belleza para mujeres trans Mirror Beauty Worker Cooperative. Foto tomada en Brooklyn, el 3 de octubre de 2020. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Joselyn Mendoza durante su trabajo como voluntaria de Love Wins Food Pantry. Ella hacía esta actividad cada viernes, en Queens, por la mañana. La foto fue tomada el viernes 13 de noviembre de 2020. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Durante el Día Internacional de la Memoria Trans se realizó una serenata en homenaje a las 37 mujeres tránsgenero que fueron víctimas de transfobia en 2020. Foto tomada el 20 de noviembre de 2020. Foto: Óscar Molina V.

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Video del Día de Los Muertos. Filmado y editado por Ariel Goodman

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Video de Trans Day of Remembrance. Filmado y editado por Ariel Goodman.



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