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Wikipedia has a "List of people killed for being transgender" at https://en.wikipedia.org. It includes such persons killed around the world from the 1980's to the present time. However only a small percentage of such murders are listed.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation has published a "Brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right" at https://www.hrc.org/ They describe it as:

"... a primer, a starting point for reporters committed to telling the stories of transgender people accurately and humanely, from appropriate word usage to context that reflects the reality of their lived experience."

The HRC reports that:

"In 2019, advocates tracled at least 27 deaths of at least transgender or gender non-conforming people in the U.S. due to fatal violence, the majority of whom were Black transgender women. 

These victims, like all of us, are loving partners, parents, family members, friends and community members. They worked, went to school and attended church. They were real people -- people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them.

These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners or strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified. Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender status may have put them at risk in other ways, such as forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness and/or survival sex work." 1

The data indicates that black transgender women are greatly overrepresented among the victims.

The HRC also reported in an undated article that the year "2020 has already seen at least 21 transgender or gender none-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other means." The article lists killings from JAN- to JUL-04. 2 Essentially all victims presented as female.

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During 2020-JUL, the Human Rights Campaign recorded at least three deaths:

  • Shakie Peters, 32, in Amite City, LA
  • Bree Black, 27, in Pompano Beach, FL
  • Summer Taylor, 24, in Seattle, WA. 3

Tori Cooper, Director of Community Engagement for HRC's Trans Justice Initiative, said in a statement that the:

"... horrific spike in violence against our community must be an urgent call to action for every single person in this nation. This is the deadliest period we have on record. While we are still awaiting facts on the ground, it is clear that members of our beloved community are being killed because of who they are. Racism, toxic masculinity, misogyny and transphobia are destroying lives and taking away our loved ones." 3

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References used:

  1. "HRC’s Brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right," Human Rights Campaign, at: https://www.hrc.org/
  2. "Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020," Human Rights Campaign, at: https://www.hrc.org/
  3. Eril Donaghue, " 'Horrific spike' in fatal violence against transgender community," CBS News, 2020-JUL-14, at: https://www.cbsnews.com/

 

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