USA–2nd most dangerous place on earth for transgender people

Via Twitter my friends Jayna and Allyson both provide links to stories about a new report out with dredful stats about violence towards transgender people.

A new report has found an estimated 200 transgendered persons were murdered from January 2008 to June 2009; which is enough to say that every three days a transgendered person is killed somewhere in the world.

The project was started by the international group Transgender Europe (TGEU) and the journal ‘Liminalis’ in an effort to track and combat violence committed against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and questioning (LGBT) community.

The project compiled at least 121 murder cases from 2008 and another 83 murder cases for the year-to-date. Preliminary results show that the murder rate for transgendered people is a global problem, effecting North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

“Furthermore that the number of reports of murdered trans people is increasing in the last years,” the report warns. “The majority of cases have been reported from Latin America and North America.”

Read more here.

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  1. Brian on July 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    The (not at all comforting) alternative to increasing murders is that the number is remaining constant (or even decreasing) but that trans people are living in increased openness to their friends and family (who help the authorities evaluate the crimes) and that the media is increasingly reported the cases of trans folks.

    I’m also curious what numbers of these were targeted because of the trans status (or whose trans status was a contributing factor) and how many were unrelated. I couldn’t tell from the article but my gut is telling me that I’m not going to like the results…

    In any and all events… entirely too many. I’d like to hear productive ways we can help make the world (or at least our country, or at least our neighborhoods) more safe for trans folks. Brilliant readers, chime in!

  2. Diana on July 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Hopefully, with the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act we will be able to have a better picture of the violence against the LGBT community. However, police and prosecutors are notorious in not wanting to report hate crimes.

    The Transgender Day of Remembrance does highlight the violence against the transgender community, but I always thought there should be a LGBT of Day of Reflection. Where all those who were murdered because they were LGBT should be remembered.

    We celebrate our Pride and we should honor our dead.

  3. Joe G. on July 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    These numbers are horrific. Really. Ugh.

  4. Ephilei on August 7, 2009 at 9:32 am

    My gut is that so many trans attacks go unreported or misreported (leaving out the “trans” part) that it’s impossible to say anything accurate about them, like comparing the US to other countries or comparing this year to other years. It’s very possible they are just reported more, which is a great thing. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if things have to get worse before they can get better.

  5. DD on January 27, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    There are places that have zero murders or crimes against transgender people. These places include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, etc. It is not a crime to kill or assault transgender people there. In fact it is the law to do so.

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