Selma Diaz

Preferred NameSelma DiazCityChicago
Other Names UsedStateIL
Age30Gender IdentityTranswoman
RaceLatinoDate of Death05/16/2010

Crime Category: Suicide | Weapon Used: Drowning

On May 16th, 2010, in Chicago, IL, Selma was found floating in the harbor. Police ruled the death a suicide.

Report: “Woulard’s death comes on the heels of finding the body of another transwoman in Montrose Harbor. Selma Diaz was discovered May 16 by Chicago police officers, and her death was ruled a suicide. Neighbors who knew her find it hard to believe that the thirtysomething Diaz, also a sex worker, would kill herself.

Location: Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL

Personal Information:

No details of Selma’s personal life have been reported.

“Anyone who knows anything about the gay community knows that Montrose Harbor is associated with sex work,” said neighbor Philip Cronce. “To suggest that she killed herself, knowing that there are dangers associated with sex work, is poor police work,” he added. “She never would’ve killed herself. Selma loved life,” said Victor Ambrosio, another neighbor.”

Last Public Update: 06/30/2010

Transgender flag Chad Felix Greene 2019
Transgender flag Chad Felix Greene 2019

News Timeline: 06/30/2010

Blickensderfer, G. R. (2014, July 27). TransPride beach party draws more than 400 – Selma Diaz. Windy City Times.

Erbentraut, J. (2010, November 24). Lessons from Death: Chicagoans Reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance – Sandy Woulard. Gapers Block.

Harrison, M. (2010). LOCAL NEWS Transwoman’s killing stirs community – Sandy Woulard. In Windy City Times.

Sosin, K. (2010, November 24). Transgender advocates discuss violence in Chicago – Sandy Woulard. Windy City Times.

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