According to the Human Rights Campaign, in the US there were forty five confirmed murders of Transgender and Non-Binary people between November 20, 2020 and now. The actual total is likely much higher, given that cops and governments intentionally misgender and deadname people; cops are lazy, bigoted and incompetent at catching these murderers; and some have gone missing and died without being counted because of hate and ostracism the victims faced from society.
Today [November 9], with news of the killing of Marquiisha Lawrence in Greenville, South Carolina, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, has now officially recorded more violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people than any year prior.
At least 45 transgender or gender non-conforming people have been killed this year; HRC Foundation uses “at least” because too often these stories go unreported or misreported. Previously, the highest number of fatal deaths of transgender or gender non-conforming people that HRC Foundation has tracked over a 12 month period was just last year in 2020, when at least 44 transgender or gender non-conforming people were killed.
Pink News reports that worldwide there are three hundred and seventy five confirmed murders of Transgender and Non-Binary people in that same time period. That’s a seven percent increase in the number of people who died. The uncounted murders could sent that rate much higher.
Between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, at least 375 trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming people were slain across the world.
One in four trans people murdered globally were killed in their own home, according to data compiled by the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvTW), a Transgender Europe project.
The report stands as the official word on a truly grisly year, detailing a daunting, years-long rise in murders against trans people by seven per cent, compared to the same time period last year.
Released ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance, held 20 November, the report found that 70 per cent of the documented murders happened in Central and South America.
Brazil remains the most dangerous place to be trans in the world, with the majority of the murders – 125 – taking place there.
Cases in Greece, Malawi and Kazakhstan were also reported for the first time.
Yes, it is a pandemic, one of violence.
I’m sure there’s at least one ignorant apologist for violence that will say, “It’s only 375 people!”
It’s not “only 375”. Transgender and Non-Binary people account for approximately one in every three hundred people. If the general population were murdered at the same rate, that would be 13,200 in the US alone, and 112,500 worldwide. Imagine the uproar if 100,000 people of any specific group were mass murdered in those numbers, there would be outrage and people labelling it genocide. (Unless they’re Iraqis or Afghanis, then the 100,000 aren’t counted as people.)
It doesn’t matter how few the victims are or how small the minority. When the least powerful minorities are deliberately and intentionally targeted with hate and violence, it borders on eugenics and genocide. The smaller the population, the greater the atrocity.