On December 20, 2019, Julie Berman was murdered in Toronto. Ms Berman was a trans woman & activist battling transphobia across Canada. A suspect has been arrested.
Pride Toronto confirmed her passing on December 24, describing Berman as a “staunch supporter […] and a good person.
She was 51, based in Toronto, had for years worked in raising awareness around the rocketing rates of anti-trans violence across Canada. On Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils, loved ones and colleagues said she would give inspirational speeches.
According to authorities, she was killed in a downtown boarding home near the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Harbord Street, a residential neighbourhood near university accommodation.
Toronto Police said officers were called to the scene, near Bathurst and Bloor Streets, at around 2:20pm on December 20. Police detectives allege that the victim suffered from severe head injuries. A man Colin Harnack has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held in custody.