Brazil and Mexico lead the list for the most reported killings of trans people in the past year, according to a new report.
The Transgender Murder Monitoring (TMM) Project 2013 report was released yesterday ahead of next week’s 15th International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). The annual event is taking place on Wednesday 20 November.
The report only includes murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information or are reported by trans support groups – meaning the total figure could be a lot higher.
TMM states 238 trans people were murdered across the world in the past 12 months. 95 trans people were reported murdered in Brazil and 40 were killed in Mexico. Sixteen murders of trans people were reported in the United States.
In the first 10 months of this year, 22 trans persons under the age of 20 had been reported murdered. Half of them were under 18.
Among these 11 murdered minors was a 13-year-old trans girl, found strangled in the Brazilian city of Macaiba in June; a 14-year-old trans girl, found strangled in the city of Ibipora in Brazil last month – and this summer’s murder of Jamaican teenager Dwyane Jones.
TDOR reveals a total of 1,374 reported killings of trans people in 60 countries worldwide from January 1 2008 to 31 October 2013.
The map suggests even countries where rights for gays and lesbians have advanced through the arrival of equal marriage, life remains very dangerous for trans people.