WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation released a report on anti-transgender violence on Monday. Among the findings is that of 22 trans people killed in 2019, all but one were black.
“Transgender women of color are living in crisis, especially Black transgender women,” said HRC President Alphonso David in a press release. “While the details of the cases documented in this report differ, the toxic intersection of racism, sexism, transphobia and easy access to guns conspire to deny so many members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community access to housing, employment and other necessities to survive and thrive. Every one of these lives cut tragically short reinforces the urgent need for action on all fronts to end this epidemic — from lawmakers and law enforcement, to the media and our communities.”
The report, A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in the United States in 2019, looks at both the factors behind the violence and actions that can be taken.
The HRC said that systemic discrimination at the intersection of gender identity and race lead to significant barriers to employment and housing pushes trans people away from resources and into more dangerous situations.
The report calls for an expansion of community resources and for lawmakers to pass non-discrimination protections; enhancing law enforcement response and training; improving data collection and reporting; reforming laws that have the impact of criminalizing marginalized communities and undermining public health; and adopting common-sense gun violence protections.
Some of the findings include:
- Since January 2013, HRC has documented more than 150 transgender and gender non-conforming people who were victims of fatal violence; at least 127 were transgender and gender non-conforming people of color.
- Nearly nine in every 10 victims were transgender women and 58 percent of all domestic deaths occurred in the U.S. South.