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HRC Examines Rising Trend of Anti-Transgender Violence

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report highlighting the ongoing trend of violence against transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals and memorializing those who have died in the past 12 months.The report’s release coincides with today’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those transgender, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary individuals who have lost their lives since November 2022.

Since 2013, HRC has recorded the deaths of 335 transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals due to violence, including at least 33 who were killed over the past year.

That differs significantly from the number of transgender people killed by violence reported by the National Center for Transgender Equality — 53 — although HRC only counts confirmed homicides.The LGBTQ rights organization also acknowledges that the actual number of trans and gender-nonconforming deaths may be higher than its own estimate, as many deaths may go unreported or the victims may be misgendered in news or police reports. “The epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people is a national tragedy and a national embarrassment,” HRC President Kelly Robinson said in a statement. “Each of the lives taken is the result of a society that demeans and devalues anyone who dares challenge the gender binary.”According to an HRC analysis, nine in 10 transgender and gender-nonconforming victims were people of color, seven in 10 were transgender women, and 6 in 10 were Black transgender women.

The average age of the victims who were killed in the past year was 28, with three-quarters of them being under age 35. Regarding the spate of anti-trans violence, the report finds that the killer was unknown in one-third of all cases.

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