Islan Nettles

A Black woman with an assortment of flowers in her hair holding a glass and smiling.

'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson' Celebrates the Black Trans Revolutionary's Activism and Tries to Solve the Mystery of Her Death

In the new Netflix documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson” the trans trailblazer’s friends and allies secure her place in history and re-investigate her mysterious death, which police ruled as a suicide. 

James Dixon to Serve 12 Years for Killing Islan Nettles

Nettles, a Black trans woman, was just 21 years old when Davis fatally assaulted her.

Islan Nettles' Killer Pleads Guilty

James Dixon will likely be sentenced to 12 years in exchange for admitting that he fatally assaulted the trans woman.

Jury Selection Begins Today for Man Who Killed Islan Nettles

James Dixon told detectives in 2013 that he doesn’t “go around gay bashing people.” He pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree manslaughter charges and a first-degree assault charge in the death of the trans woman.

Man Charged in Beating Death of Islan Nettles in New York City

The charges cap an often frustrating 18-month investigation into the beating death of the 21-year-old, black transwoman.

One Year Later, Justice Remains Illusive for Islan Nettles

The Manhattan DA has been mysteriously silent about the case.

Laverne Cox Pays Tribute to Slain Black Trans Woman at NYC Pride

The actress was one of this year’s grand marshals for the parade.

New York City Rally Calls for Justice for Islan Nettles

Mourners want answers.

About Islan Nettles

As the clock tick tocks on the Islan Nettles case a message is being sent: Transwomen of color’s lives don’t matter.

Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Beating Islan Nettles to Death

The Manhattan District Attorney has dropped misdemeanor assault charges against a Harlem man.

Why No One Has Been Charged With Murder in the Death of Islan Nettles

The 21-year-old transgender woman was viciously beaten in Harlem.

Vigil Held For Islan Nettles, Transgender Woman Killed in Harlem

See images from Thursday’s memorial.