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A Transgender person is being murdered every 29 hours. Can you stop killing us for just one week?

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The Last Week of February is Worldwide Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Week. Photo Cooper Holland, event creator

A trans woman is slain every 29 hours yet we make up less than 1% of the world’s population. TransGendercide is taking place. Certain segments of society have declared war on us and we are dying at a rate that endangers the existence of our very community.

Almost every day of 2015, the transgender community worldwide wakes to news of yet another trans woman slain. It’s become nearly unbearable for everyone and has taken a severe toll on transgender journalists.

It has gotten so bad some publishers like myself have deferred from reporting each and every murder and suicide. Doing so wasn’t a choice it was self-preservation. Crying and mourning every day is just too much to bare.

The deaths in January of 2015 as recorded by Eduarda Alice Santos “Memórias 2015” Álbum dedicado áquel@s que nos deixaram. Algumas fotos mais realistas foram censuradas pelo Facebook.
This album is dedicated to those who are no longer amongst us. Some photos were censored by Facebook.

In response to this ongoing tragedy, a group of transgender people are sponsoring an event asking if the world could go one week, this week, without killing one transgender person?

The Last Week of February is Worldwide Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Week

“Can we just not kill any trans women or trans feminine people for one week this year? This is the one-week, Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Challenge! By joining this event, you agree to not kill any trans women or trans feminine AMAB (assigned male at birth) people for the entire week?”

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Tragically the event creators deleted the facebook page after they were overwhelmed with hateful comments.

Most were murdered, but doubly tragic, some were teens and young adults who couldn’t stand the hate any longer and committed suicide. I hold the world accountable for extinguishing each of these bright stars. I especially hold the Southern Baptists, and Pope Francis responsible for creating intolerable conditions that can only be described as genocide.

But in order to make our lives mean something we as a community must become proactive. We must not put ourselves in harms way. Drugs kill us. Prostitution kills us.

Please find it in your heart not to murder a transgender person today

*Updated 2/28/15
Facebook page asking the world not to murder trans people deleted due to vitriolic comments.
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Kelli Buseyhttps://planettransgender.com
Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.
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  1. some people are born without legs or just with one leg. some lose their legs or legs. Some have a peg leg or legs or have more high tech artificial legs. Yet humans are considered to be bipedal creatures. That is wrong and very bigoted. There is obviously a broad spectrum when it comes to human legs.
    Human legs are non-binary!

    signed,
    An insane Liberal

  2. Maybe people hate them because in most cases they lie to men about their gender and say that they are a straight female knowing good and well they were born a man. If you do not tell someone the truth and a man finds out after you have done something that you are not really what you say you are you should not be surprised if they want to kill you. Men do not have a problem with trans people I have seen too many people get tricked and then the victim that gets killed wants you to feel to feel bad for them. Also for those defending the Trans people it is all fun and games until it is your child wanting to become a woman from a man or vice versa. Promoting this as being normal is getting even more people to think it is ok when it truly is not.

  3. Wow Alphonso, I think it’s about time for you to get off the Cannabis and PCP. It can make you travel to different planets.

  4. Wow! reading the comments, trannies are as nasty as the reputation that precedes them… and there is nothing to prove that these individuals are the opposite sex.. it is a mental disorder, according to John Hopkins Hospital based on a narcissistic, sociopathic personality disorder… and can be ‘rec’tified with proper psychological counselling… despite what the freaks try to proffer as evidence to the contrary… in other words, ‘A poor Lifestyle Choice’.

  5. Em, after reading your remark, one can only arrive at two conclusions.

    1. You’re deluded
    2. You’re a wanker

    Ave Satana…. burn in hell ignorant prick.

  6. […] The way the transgender experience is depicted on the news, is also different for individuals who don’t live within the lime light. It seems now being transgender is trendy, heroic and glamorous if you’re famous. However if you’re not famous, you either appear as depraved, a villain, or a victim. The news media’s influence on this dichotomy is tough. It gives viewers the idea that we ought to develop different impressions for say, reality television transgender individuals, as opposed to transgendered individuals we hear rumors about in town, school, the local paper, etc. Take for example, Caitlyn Jenner’s big 2015 reveal. Jenner was lauded by the internet, the press, and all of pop culture as an icon. Her Vanity Fair cover shot was glossy and glamourous. This occurs while there are less fortunate transgendered women all over the country, being bullied and harassed. Around the same time in 2015, TIME Magazine also published an online article titled, “Why Transgender People Are Being Murdered at a Historic Rate.” The article highlights that transgendered individuals are more vulnerable, they’re more marginalized economically and educationally. It is safe to assume that people like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner do not currently face. Additionally, according to Planet Transgender, a trans woman is murdered every 29 hours. This is a heinous figure as trans women make up only about 1% of the world’s population alone (source). […]

  7. Why are you so angry??? How does this affect your life in any way??? They just aren’t happy with their gender! I bet you are against gays also, aren’t you?
    Look. They aren’t harming anyone by being another gender, are they? Then don’t get your panties in a twist. I am cis, but I accept their life choices. It’s THEIR LIFE. If they aren’t happy with their gender, they deserve to change.
    If you can give me 5 valid reasons why they are harming people just by being transgender, please let me know, and maybe I’ll reconsider.

  8. Transgender is a lifestyle and cholce and uncomparable to natural order you are trannies and transgender blah, blah whatever term you want to use. Sexuality has everthing to do with it.
    A man in a dress is not tg,nor transvestite but an female impersonator. I for one transsexual no matter how many years one takes hormones you are still what you are born as.
    Transgender asks, Did you choose to be who you are? No, we accept that we are male or female but you defy natural order. Don’t create a sobe story whites have been pretending to
    walk a poor person’s shoes to get pity so don’t be so quick to other to feel sorry for you. WTF L

  9. Bullied well, at least the transgender are getting in the news blacks are bullied, killed and even racial profiled by the cops, watched when entering a grocery store, receive less pay and hours on the job than the white man, black single mothers stuck in low wage employment unable to rise above welfare yet nothing is done about that. That’s just the tip of the iceberg check out news about Old Navy, Cheerios biracial commercial that whitey doesn’t approve of this!WTF OMG

  10. […] His discussion of Ellen Maguire, a trans woman and sex worker, is particularly egregious. Demonstrating an incredible lack of compassion, Willett calls her death, while serving a sentence of hard labour, “an interesting moment in our history”. He then asks whether the men who paid Maguire for sex could have been unaware of her “true sex”, repeating the transmisogynistic trope of the trans woman who “tricks” unsuspecting men into sleeping with her. This literally gets trans women killed – one every 29 hours, as of February 2015. […]

  11. If one trans person is killed every 29 hours that means the murder rate for trans people is far far lower than for the general population.

  12. first of all I want to set the record straight it is not a lifestyle peeps and we are not trannies we are transgender.Being tg is who we are. period .Sexuality has nothing to do with it, I am lucky,still married to my wife of 10 years. A man in a dress is not tg,that is a transvestite. Everywhere a person goes on the internet there are chatrooms filled with transvestite claiming to be tg .I for one am transsexual,having been on hormones for a number of years.There is a difference , Now the topic of debate here. Most young trans women are getting klilled because of choices .Choices they cant refuse because they have no opportunity in life.College education ?, Ha ! find a school were you can be able to live openly. These young girls have no other means to take care of themselves. No family, No job, No education . Just because of who they are. The ignorant peeps out there think this is a choice. Did you choose to be who you are ? We didn’t either. I live my life like many other peeps ,wake up eat , live my daily life . Was not always this lucky, spent time in a homeless shelter, Not because of who I am , so I have seen both sides of the fence . All I am saying is until you walk a mile in anothers shoes don’t be so quick to judge

  13. […] –New York Times, “Seventeen Transgender Killings Contrast With Growing Visibility.” –Democracy Now!, “A State of Emergency”: At Least 17 Transgender Women Have Been Murdered This Year.” –PinkNews, “Laverne Cox declares ‘state of emergency’ due to trans murders.”- –CBS News, “Homicides of transgender women in U.S. reach alarming high.” –Washington Post, “Transgender killings on the rise: This is just so crazy” –PlanetTransgender.com, “A Transgender person is being murdered every 29 hours. Can you stop killin… […]

  14. am so sorry to hear of this. I will mourn each and every one. Did I mention that I’m gay? Yes a gay Russian man. And I like yogurt.

  15. […] As of today, there have been 22 Trans people that have been unlawfully killed in the United States in 2015 compared to a total of 20 Trans people in 2014; an increase of more than 25% and the year is not yet over. On October 14, 2015, Ashley Hamilton became the twentieth Trans person to commit suicide this year and Zella Ziona was the 21st person who is transgender who was murdered on October 15. At the beginning of this year, Trans folk were being murdered at the rate of one per week and at its height, a trans person was being killed globally every 29 hours. […]

  16. […] As of today, there have been 22 Trans people that have been unlawfully killed in the United States in 2015 compared to a total of 20 Trans people in 2014; an increase of more than 25% and the year is not yet over. On October 14, 2015, Ashley Hamilton became the twentieth Trans person to commit suicide this year and Zella Ziona was the 21st person who is transgender who was murdered on October 15. At the beginning of this year, Trans folk were being murdered at the rate of one per week and at its height, a trans person was being killed globally every 29 hours. […]

  17. […] –New York Times, “Seventeen Transgender Killings Contrast With Growing Visibility.” –Democracy Now!, “A State of Emergency”: At Least 17 Transgender Women Have Been Murdered This Year.” –PinkNews, “Laverne Cox declares ‘state of emergency’ due to trans murders.”- –Washington Post, “Transgender killings on the rise: This is just so crazy” –PlanetTransgender.com, “A Transgender person is being murdered every 29 hours. Can you stop killin… […]

  18. […] It’s still not a certainty that HRT is in my future; I still have several therapy sessions to go through before I legally can and my therapist feels I still have several other issues that should be worked out first. A decision must be made soon though, because the biological window of opportunity is closing fast for me. Generally, once you’re out of puberty, with each passing year HRT becomes less and less effective, and I’m rapidly approaching the big three-zero. As I always say, in an ideal world I’d have started hormones over a decade ago, but in an ideal world dogs crap chocolate ice cream. Just a decade ago America was no where near as welcoming to trans people as it is today, and that’s saying a lot given that 18 trans people have been murdered in hate crimes this year alone (so far, it is only September) and globally a trans person is murdered every 29 hours. […]

  19. think of how many of us are attacked you never hear about. some of us are forgotten swept under the carpet so to speak.
    don’t lay down and give in. even if you are a teen Leelah Alcorn. never give in. I didn’t and I was one of the Alcorn’s type child and teen trans girl. they hounded me and my doctors for 31 years. until now an LGBT clinic help stop my nightmare. It is hard to live in between past the permanent mark of one year and then to suffer reversion and attacks for decades. first we have to change laws. and make laws to protect transgender. no one will ever truly ally us. so we must do it together and alone. Stop the phob’s you must be able to charge the phob’s with a crime with harsh sentences.

  20. I will not give in and beg not to be murdered I will fight my own fight god will punish those who hurt us . these people who kill us are cowards who deny us after they use us. If they can live with murdering us they have no concuious and are no better then serial killers I will fight back not just with words but with carryin a gun to protect my self and m right to live and be who I was born to be and show people hey we aren’t sitting ducks for people to kill us for their own hate and ratification because they think are lives don’t mean anything .well me and my sisters and brothers won’t tolorate this no more .

  21. Exceptional post however , I was wondering if you could write a
    litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Bless you!

  22. I am guessing by your comments you are some type of Neanderthal hiding behind a computer. Such an original comment from a spineless man. If transgender people are so freakish then why are you coming to a transgender site to spew your venom?! Maybe you should stick to the Walmart circulars and the NASCAR schedules for reading more at your grade level.

  23. We need resources. The lack of resources for us is killing us. Every trans organization is focused on political agendas. When are they going to start caring about the immediate needs of all trans women around the world. Focus on providing safety and basic needs so we can all have jobs, food to eat and a safe place to sleep in. The political agenda is long-term. How many more of us have to die before we start getting your attention?

  24. […] Towards the top of Aubrey’s wall, posted the day before she died, is an article about Sumaya Dalmar, a young trans woman of color found dead in Toronto on February 22. Below that, an article about how some trans women had created a now-defunct Facebook event declaring the last week of February “Worldwide Don’t Kill a Trans Woman Week.” […]

  25. Fear, ignorance, and hatred are some of the worst conditions in our world. People can and do fear what they do not know or understand. Ignorance can and does lead to fear, and assuredly, ignorance fuels hatred. Martin Luther King faced all three and chose non-violent ways to counter the wickedness in people’s minds and hearts. In the end his efforts resulted in his murder but he changed the world and people’s lives for ever.

    We in the Transgender community must stand up for our rights. We must fight for our civil liberties on a daily basis through our employers, congressional and civic leaders, churches, communities, law enforcement, etc. We need to take a united stand like MLK did and demand our rights and freedoms. We cannot allow employers like Saks, or states like Alabama, or city police departments like NY to discriminate and determine our future. We must fight for justice, for our rights, and for change every day of our lives. We can overcome but it will take a loud and dedicated community to make it happen. Be vigilant and strong and let’s get active in social media with online postings and blogging. Let’s start a movement that takes us to Washington, DC. Let’s fight for change and our freedoms and our rights. There is no time like the present, onward and upward until we have what we deserve!!

  26. I am a beautiful transgender woman here in south west Ga.I have my own show..Bozz tutie show Hd on facebook and i’m all on youtube. i have reached over 60,000 people that are viewing my life daily.I try to be a positive impact on the ts girls here in my area….i just lost a friend, sister that was transgendered on dec 6,2014 in Albany Ga by a downlow man that i was sleeping with as well.He murdered her and told the police that he thought she was a woman.Hes out on a 1000 bond in albany ga as we speak….

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