2019 on track to match or exceed record transgender death toll


Seventeen transgender people have been unlawfully killed in the US since the November 20th, 2018 TDoR.

And every single person murdered thus far in 2019 was a person of color. There is no doubt that the racially centric gendercide of US’ trans women has roots in Trump’s administration’s racist transphobic policies.

This number at the halfway point of 2019 is on track to match or exceed the record number of 40 murdered just last year.

Indeed, the horrific murder rate of transgender people globally can be attributed to the rise of fascist regimes worldwide.

TDoR 2018, 400 transgender murders. Map and all images via tdor.translivesmatter.info

177 trans people have been murdered worldwide since the 2018 TDoR which is also on track to match or exceed the 2018 number of 400.

  • First, they killed black trans women, and I did not speak out—

Because I am not black.

    • Then they targeted for the unemployed GNCP, and I did not speak out—

Because I was employed.

  • Then they slaughtered the homeless, sex worker, gender diverse, and I did not speak out—

Because I could silently hide.

  • Then they came for me— I was by then unemployed, homeless, and destitute—–

and there was no one left to speak for me.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) held on November 20th is the day that the transgender people worldwide gather to remember our dead.

A  major US LGBT advocacy group has chosen to report to the press using annual totals. This not who we are.

We mourn our dead on the TDoR and thanks to unceasing labor at the website tdor.translivesmatter.info we have accurate accounting.

This number includes death by suicide since it has been established external pressures are the root cause of extreme dysphoria. The total also includes transgender people of all nationalities who were murdered or died of suspicious causes while in custody of ICE.

This number does not include transphobic violence in which death did not occur. The number does reflect the growing hatred of trans people fostered by Trump’s ongoing attacks on transgender people’s dignity.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


  1. Everyone murdered was a person of color. What about the murderers? In near every case I have seen where the victim is POC, the perpetrator was a person of color also. It is rare that the perp is white.

    When will we acknowledge and address the elephant in the room!?

    How many deaths will it take before this is addressed???

  2. Hi Axcella,

    There are indeed. Aside from the official list collated by TGEU and its partner groups, there are a few of us researching and collating reports worldwide independently and trying to uncover more detailed information than the sketchy list published for TDoR.

    We collate and share reports using Facebook groups like Trans Violence News (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570448163283501/), Transgender Violence (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TransViolence/) and Notícias Trans/Transgender news (https://www.facebook.com/groups/189409992692/).

    I’m an admin with the first two of the groups above and also for https://tdor.translivesmatter.info, which publishes a summary of what we’ve learned about what happened to each victim and tries to ensure that that knowledge doesn’t fade into obscurity.

    We can generally find pretty good information for the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia, but we’re aware it can be rather patchy elsewhere – in particular, Africa and the Middle East are very poorly covered.

    We can always use more people researching reports (particularly those with direct experience of the countries they’re trying to cover), so if you want to help out and feel able to cope with the trauma involved in doing so (and please do trust me when I say that it is not easy) please do so.

    I can certainly advise on the sort of things to look for, how to use Google Alerts to set up automatic searches, etc.

    Finally, if you’ve not come across tdor.translivesmatter.info before there’s a blogpost with a little bit of background on it at https://planettransgender.com/tdor-learning-more-about-those-we-have-lost/.

    Please feel free to ask any questions that spring to mind, or join one of the Facebook groups and ask there.


  3. I am wondering if there is anyone that is keeping track of the worldwide listing of those who are killed for being transgender in the world?
    Your information is only one country.


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