The United States ended the 2020 TDoR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) reporting period with 59 deaths the most reported since record-keeping began in 1998. 36 transgender people were victims of hate crimes, 9 deaths cause unknown, 9 suicides, 5 medical.
Updated, as news of transgender deaths trickle in.
The TDoR which is marked with solemn ceremonies on November 20, has a reporting period between October 1, an September 30. This year there were 380 reported transgender murders worldwide.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was conceived by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts on Nov. 28, 1998.
Rita Hester was brutally stabbed at least 20 times in the chest in her apartment by an unknown assailant. Her murder remains unsolved but not unheralded as reported by Edge Media. At the time of her murder activists were quoted as saying that that they could not remember a single time that a murderer was successfully prosecuted despite damning evidence.
Ms. Hester’s murder inspired San Francisco activists to launch the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999, and since then the number of cities holding Day of Remembrance events has increased annually.
This is because the Trans Lives Matters project counts transgender suicides due to social stigmatism. There has been an increase in violence targeting black trans people from Hate Groups, people that Trump unfailing defends.
The “Remembering our dead” project also counts those who have died due to novel coronavirus complications.
This is entirely appropriate as the death toll from COVID-19 would have been cut by two thirds in the United States had the 45th president required masks at the onset of the pandemic. A practice trump still questions despite himself being a documented superspreader.
This malfeasance by trump which disproportionately impacts minorities is paramount to murder.
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.