FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2021

PFLAG Springfield & The GLO Center mourn the loss of Dominique Lucious, announces vigil and support

PFLAG Springfield and The GLO Center are saddened by the loss of Dominque Lucious, a transgender woman from our community. Dominique was shot and killed on Thursday, April 8th.

According the the Human Rights Campaign, Dominique is at least the 13th transgender or gender non-conforming person murdered in 2021 in the United States. Trans women of color, like Dominique, are disproportionately represented among these victims.This murder and the other senseless slaying of trans folks must be contextualized within the anti-trans rhetoric and actions taken by too many. 

A candlelight vigil is planned to honor the memory of Dominique Lucious. The vigil will be Sunday, April 18th at 7pm at Park Central Square in Downtown Springfield. Those wishing to support Dominique’s family can make a donation toward funeral expenses using the CashApp tag $Salina1973. 

PFLAG Springfield and The GLO Center are establishing a source of local support and counseling for members of the QTIBIPOC (queer, trans, black, and indigenous people of color) community. This service will be supported by existing funds and is free of charge. More information can be found at pflagoftheozarks.org/support-fund

St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH) is taking calls from anyone in our state (including outside St. Louis). SQSH volunteers are trained to provide free, identity-affirming, and confidential emotional support, resources, and referrals. Calls can be placed at their toll-free number 844-785-777 or requested at http://tinyurl.com/SQSHcall.

“We call on the community to honor the life of Dominique Lucious and respect her memory and identity.” – PFLAG Springfield

“It is 2021 and we must understand that trans rights are human rights.  Rest In Peace, Dominique Lucious.” – The GLO Center

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PFLAG Springfield’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons and their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. To learn more or become a member, visit pflagoftheozarks.org

The GLO Center is a place to be yourself, a place to meet others in the community, and a place to find information about the community at large. In essence, the GLO Center is YOUR place for LGBTQ+ community in the Springfield and the Ozarks region in Missouri. To learn more or become a member, visit theglocenter.org

Inquiries from the public can be directed to love@pflagoftheozarks.org and info@theglocenter.org. Media can contact Andy Sun (she/her), president of PFLAG Springfield, at love@pflagoftheozarks.org or 417-719-1487 and Ary Say (they/them), co-president of the GLO Center, at copresident@glocenter.org