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Sadlyhas already seen at least 40 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. In years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women. InHRC tracked a record of violent fatal incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people. A total of 44 fatalities were tracked by HRC, marking as the most violent year on record since HRC began tracking these crimes in These victims, like all of us, are loving partners, parents, family members, friends and community members.
They worked, went to school and attended houses of worship.
They were real people — people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them. As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people, we mourn those we have lost in These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners or strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified. Some of these cases involve clear anti-transgender bias. While the details of these cases differ, it is clear that fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color -- particularly Black transgender women -- and that the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and unchecked access to guns conspire to deprive them of employment, housing, healthcare and other necessities.
As is too often the case in the reporting of anti-transgender violence, many of these victims are misgendered in local police statements and media reports, which can delay our awareness of deadly incidents. In the pursuit of greater accuracy and respect for transgender and gender non-conforming people in both life and death, HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on these communities. HRC has been tracking reports of fatal anti-transgender violence for the past several years.
Share on Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Sadlyhas already seen at least 40 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people, we mourn those we have lost in Tyianna Alexanderwho was also known as Davarea Alexander, was a year-old Black trans woman. Tyianna was shot to death in Chicago on January 6.
Samuel was looking forward to starting a new year. Friends of Fifty Bandz and advocates said her name as they released balloons to remember her life.
Braxton was a hairstylist and active on social media, posting regularly. One of her social media posts suggested she would have celebrated her 25th birthday just weeks before her death. They cared deeply for their friends. Jenna Franksa year-old white transgender woman, was killed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in February.
In her adult life, Diamond was a traveler, known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following week, also according to her obituary. Dominique Luciousa year-old Black transgender woman, was shot and killed on April 8 in Springfield, Missouri. You were fierce, glam, and hunny gorgeous! I love you now, tomorrow and forever. She started her own business, graduated from cosmetology school…She has left her mark on the hair industry. According to a news report, Tiara was sitting alone in her Ford Fusion when the shooter approached the vehicle and shot Tiara multiple times.
Tiara was pronounced dead at the scene. Iris Santosa year-old Latinx transgender woman, was killed in Houston, Texas on April 23, Iris was sitting at a picnic table enjoying a meal when an unidentified suspect approached and shot her. Iris was taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
We urge everyone to end the stigma against transgender people, and to destroy the roots of transphobia and racism that fuel this violence. A well-known and beloved transgender advocate, advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and member of the ballroom community, Jahaira was a member of the House of Balenciaga and was a founder of Berkshire Transgender Day of Remembrance and Berkshire Pride Festival.
They often shared photos of meaningful quotes on their Facebook.
Henson also may have identified as genderfluid. According to family, Henson had just begun transitioning. Serenity Hollisa year-old Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Albany, Georgia, on May 8. I absolutely want to see that justice is served. The high school held a vigil to remember Oliver on May Poe Blackwho also went by Oliver Jackson and Legion, was a year-old transgender man who was killed in Niland, California in an area called Slab City, in early May.
His body was found on May Poe was originally from Nashville, Tennessee and often posted about disability rights and Black Lives Matter on social media. He was also an artist, with several online stores where he displayed and sold his art. He had just recently celebrated his 23rd birthday on June 10 and was studying at Morgan State University. It appears EJ was also the parent of a young. He was one of those people that was just good vibes and energy.
Initially investigated as suspicious, as of July, her death is being investigated as a homicide. According to social media, friends and family held a vigil and balloon release to remember Taya. Due to misgendering and misnaming from local officials and a lack of media coverage, her death was not reported until recently. According to reporting from The Buckeye FlameTierramarie moved to Cleveland last year for a fresh start.
CoCo was a happy person [and] proud to be living her truth! Pooh Johnsona year-old Black trans woman, was killed in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 23, Johnson was an accomplished makeup artist under the name Titanizer. Disaya Monaeea year-old Black transgender woman, was fatally shot in Chicago, Illinois on September 6. Groves was a plant soil scientist at Alcorn State University who loved agriculture and animals.
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