Queerty, a major GLBT blog, predicts that Memphis will reach out to the transgender community in light of the horrifying violence transgender people suffered in 2008:
With three transgendered women killed in Memphis in one year (the most recent, Leeneshia Edwards was shot and killed Dec. 31st), Memphis realizes that it has to do something to stop the epidemic of violence being committed against homeless transgendered people in their town. The resulting dialogue and decision to create work programs specifically geared towards transgendered people becomes a model used across the country.
As far as I know, Leeneshia Edwards remains in critical condition, so they have garbled a detail, but that doesn't make the attack any less outrageous. I hope, however, that their prediction comes true. It would be great if Memphis became the model of outreach on this issue.