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.
- 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.