Since Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022, HRC Identified 33 Deaths of Transgender People, With Black Trans Women Comprising Half of Those Deaths
WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, and its Public Education and Research program published “The Epidemic of Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in the United States: The 2023 Report” a report released on Trans Day of Remembrance to memorialize the lives of the transgender and gender nonconforming people killed this year.
Since 2013, HRC has recorded the deaths of 335 transgender and gender non-conforming victims of fatal violence–including at least 33 deaths in the last 12 months (from after Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022, or November 21, 2022, through November 20, 2023). We say “at least,” as many deaths often go unreported or misreported, or misgendering of victims leads to delays in their identification. What we do know, however, is that the 33 people we lost in the last year were overwhelmingly young and people of color, with Black trans women disproportionately impacted. A plurality of victims were killed by a friend, family, or romantic/sexual intimate partner, and guns were involved in the majority of cases.
In the last 12 months:
Unfortunately, the same trends that emerged in this report, match what we have seen year over year for the 11 years since tracking began in 2013. Since 2013, fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people has disproportionately impacted the BIPOC community: At least 286 BIPOC trans and gender non-conforming people have been killed –translating to 85% of all victims identified to -date. Almost two-thirds (61.8%) of all victims have been Black trans women–a total of 207 lives lost. The majority of victims (76.4%) were under the age of 35, almost 70% of incidents involved a firearm, and many cases remain unsolved.
In 2023, for the first time in its 40+ year history, the Human Rights Campaign declared a National State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ Americans, in response to the over 550 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced into state houses across the country, more than 80 of which were passed into law. The vast majority of the bills introduced in 2023— over 220—specifically targeted transgender people in an attempt to: limit access to school sports, school restrooms and locker rooms; ban access to safe, effective, age-appropriate gender-affirming medical care; and remove inclusive books and references to LGBTQ+ identities and experiences from school curricula. This occurred against a backdrop of an increasing number of anti-trans hate crimes, with the FBI reporting that the number of hate crimes based on gender identity increased 32% from 2021 to 2022.
Since November 21, 2022—the day after 2022’s Transgender Day of Remembrance— we’ve identified the following individuals who lost their lives to senseless violence against the transgender community: Diamond Jackson-McDonald, Destiny Howard, Mar’Quis ‘MJ’ Jackson, Caelee Love-Light, Morgan Moore, Kylie Monali, London Starr, Jasmine “Star” Mack, KC Johnson, Unique Banks, Zachee Imanitwitaho, Maria Jose Rivera Rivera, Chashay Henderson, Tortuguita, Ta’Siyah Woodland, Ashley Burton, Koko Da Doll, Banko Brown, Ashia Davis, Chanell Perez Ortiz, Jacob Williamson, Camdyn Rider, DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson, Thomas ‘Tom-Tom’ Robertson, YOKO, Luis Ángel Díaz Castro, Chyna Long, Sherlyn Marjorie, A’nee Johnson, Dominic Dupree, and Lisa Love, London Price, and LaKendra Andrews.
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