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Episode 80: Nikki

Updated: Mar 14, 2022

When a young trans woman went missing in Vancouver, Washington, her mother and friends knew something terrible had happened. Eventually, investigators narrowed in on a suspect, but he claimed to have simply left her standing at the side of the road. That was until he was taken to court and his story changed, from one of dismissal to self-defense and trans panic. Today, I’ll be telling the story of the inspiration for the newly signed Nikki’s Law: Nikki Kuhnhausen.

Nikki Kuhnhausen (left), David Y Bogdanov (right)

Nikki Kuhnhausen

David Y Bogdanov

Lisa Woods, Nikki's mother, photo courtesy Portland Mercury

Amariey Lej

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