Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, Media Matters for America and the Trans Jounalists Association released a new resource, “FAQ for Reporters Writing about Anti-Trans Violence.”
The FAQ includes answers to questions that are often raised when reporters are covering violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people and provides additional resources for reporters. The release of the FAQ comes on Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time to remember the transgender and gender non-conforming people who have been lost to fatal violence over the course of the previous year.
The FAQ answers questions such as how reporters can find information to correctly identify a transgender or gender non-conforming person, how to handle a situation when someone who knew the trans or gender non-conforming person identifies them incorrectly and how to update an inaccurate story. The report also covers the importance of including information about the trans or gender non-conforming person’s life, not just their death, and about the importance of building relationships with the local trans and non-binary community.
Yesterday, HRC released “An Epidemic Of Violence: Fatal Violence Against Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People in the United States in 2020,” a distressing report honoring the at least 37 transgender and gender non-conforming people killed so far in 2020. This year, HRC has officially recorded more violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people than any year since we began tracking this violence. Since January 2013, HRC has documented more than 200 transgender and gender non-conforming people who were victims of fatal violence.
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