TW: Anti-transgender violence, murder and hate crimes
On yesterday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project released a list of the anti-trans murders that took place in the past year, counting 238 in total. Click the link above for a map that lays out the information more clearly.
The report only includes murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information or are reported by local advocacy organizations, and so may not be a complete picture of the scope of crimes committed worldwide. But the map suggests even countries where rights for gays and lesbians have made huge gains remain dangerous places for trans people.
The highest numbers of killings took place in countries that have recently passed successful marriage equality laws — 95 in Brazil and 40 in Mexico. 16 murders were reported in the United States.
Some more, very scary facts:
The Trans Murder Monitoring project also found the highest number of murders of minors in the five years it has been keeping statistics. Since the start of 2013, 22 trans people were reported killed. Eleven of these were under the age of 18.
These include a 13-year-old trans girl strangled in Macaiba, Brazil, on June 9; a 14-year-old trans girl strangled in the city of Ibipora, Brazil, on Oct. 15; and 16-year-old trans girl murdered by a mob at a house party in St. James,Jamaica, on July 22.
Since 2008, Transgender Europe has documented 1,374 murders of trans people in 60 countries worldwide. Of these, 108 victims have been under the age of 20.
This is horrifying. We have so much work to do.