Reposted from SF Cronicle.
“Kenya Boudreaux met a guy on a dating site. She liked his photo, his personality. She agreed to meet him in person. That’s when things got weird.
He wanted to wander down alleys. He pressured Boudreaux, 19, to drink.
“It made me feel very unsafe,” said Boudreaux, a black transgender woman and student at San Francisco State University.
Last year, 23 trans women and gender nonconforming people were murdered. Most of them were black or Latino.
“There’s already this life expectancy of we probably won’t make it past 35 years old,” she said recently. “That’s very harrowing for me, so I feel like if I do end up murdered, I want that person found and charged.”
So Boudreaux, a mechanical engineering and computer science student, got to work making an app to help with just that.
Last week, Boudreaux and more than a dozen others participated in a hackathon to build “solutions to social problems unique to transgender people of color.” It was organized by TransH4ck, an Oakland organization that acts as a hub and a home for transgender and gender nonconforming folks and allies in the tech industry. The organization encourages the creation of open-source technology for this population.”
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