World mourns 271 dead on Trans Day of Remembrance
The world is remembering the 271 trans people reported murdered for Trans Day of Remembrance.
Transgender people, groups and allies mark 20 November as TDoR.
Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project revealed today that 271 transgender people have been reported murdered in the past year.
The murders took place between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015.
Most note that the list is almost definitely longer, but many homicides against trans people go unreported.
The number of those killed has gone up from last year’s report which showed that 226 trans people were murdered.
TDoR is held to remember people who have died as a result of their actual or perceived transgender identity.
The events were first held in 1998, the following the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman in Massachusetts.
Campaigners continue to warn figures, already high, are likely to be higher as transphobic crime remains underreported – and not all jurisdictions document or treat the cases accordingly.
According to figures, the Americas consitute 85% of the trans people murdered.
A full list of those reported murdered is published on transrespect.org.