Today November 20th is the 14th International Transgender Day of Remembrance when the trans community in particular and anyone else disturbed by the statistics, should take a few minutes to remember those trans people who were murdered or took their own lives in the previous year. Sadly around 40% of trans people will attempt to commit suicide and trans people are 12 times more likely to be murdered that other people. The most frightening statistic however is the 20% year on year rise in the number of reported deaths each year, especially in Central and Southern America. This year 265 trans people have been reported murdered.
However the worst thing about transphobic attacks is the level of violence inflicted on the victim. Trans people are not just shot – they are shot or stabbed multiple times, their genitals are cut off and stuffed in their mouths, they are beaten to death or burned alive. Many of the victims are sex workers killed by clients but some are just children who fail to comply with gender stereotypes killed by their parents. You can find the full list the trans people reported murdered last year at Trans respect versus Transphobia.