LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and TransLatin@ Coalition issued the following press release on the passing of Rayanna Pardo. Rayanna Pardo, a 26-year-old transgender Latinx woman and resident of East LA, who was struck by a vehicle and killed as she tried to escape a menacing group of people who were following and harassing her, possibly because of her identity. The driver of the car was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The TransLatin@ Coalition, along with Pardo’s friends and relatives, held a candlelight vigil Saturday to honor her life and memory.

“The passing of Rayanna Pardo demonstrates that there is still so much work to be done to better support our transgender community members,” shared Chair Solis. “We have seen all too often the stories of transgender women that highlight how much discrimination and harassment they experience, all of which is completely unacceptable. I am committed to partnering with TransLatin@ Coalition to bring more awareness to the issues facing our transgender communities, increasing support services so we can prevent incidents like this from happening in the future and to bringing justice to her family.”

“We are grateful to the office of Supervisor Solis for uplifting Rayanna Pardo’s life through an intentional partnership with our organization to better the life conditions of Trans people in LA County. We hope that her lead inspires leaders across the nation to make commitments to uplift transgender voices and provide solutions to our communities needs with resources”, said Bamby Salcedo President/CEO of the Translatin@ Coalition. “I want to thank Supervisor Solis for raising Rayanna’s name to ensure she isn’t just another forgotten name and for her work to ensure that the Trangender, Intersex and Non-Binary communities of Los Angeles feel seen and supported by our local leaders”, said Andres Ruiz PL Staff Attorney of the TransLatin@ Coalition.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2020, 44 transgender or gender non-conforming people were reported to be fatally shot or killed by other violent means, the majority of which were Black and Latinx transgender women. It is widely believed that there are many more incidents that go unreported. Transgender folks are currently being targeted by anti-trans legislation in more than 20 states. These bills arguments are based in Eugenics. These bills are preventing transgender folks from participating in sports and some states have even allowed youth to be “outted” by their respective schools. Moreover, Trans folks are being denied lifesaving and life affirming health care.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov