In the first 11 months of 2016, the murders of 24 transgender people have been reported, making it the deadliest year on record for trans people. Almost all of the victims were people of color, and the vast majority of those were black, transgender individuals.
Given that grim reality, it is no wonder advocates continue to sound the alarm on what they call the epidemic of deadly transphobic violence. And while the world comes together every November 20th to commemorate those lives lost during the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, the fear and ignorance that fuel these fatal attacks heed no calendar.
Last year was previously the deadliest on record for transgender Americans, with at least 21 trans women killed in the U.S. alone. Notably, this number – and the number for 2016 – does not include individuals whose deaths were not reported or investigated, nor victims who were misgendered by police and media or simply not recognized as trans women in death.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten
Join us on November 16 at 2:30 pm in the Gluck Theatre to remember those that lost their lives.