Report indicates Transgender deaths in US increases with rise in anti-trans law
NEW DELHI: 53 transgender were murdered and 32 committed suicided in the United States, last year, as per a new report from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Notably, anti-trans legislation and rhetoric were increased during this period, reports The Guardian.
However, experts warns that the actual toll might be higher, citing challenges in accurate reporting and data collection within the transgender community, underscoring the limitations of the presented figures.
Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, the executive director at the NCTE said, “It is no coincidence that we are seeing anti-trans violence rise at the same time as we’re seeing anti-trans legislation rise. Every year from 2020 to today, we have broken the record … of anti-transgender bills ever introduced.”
Additionally, he stated, “policy attacks grow, so do the physical attacks”.
He said, “It is because of society sending a signal about whose lives are considered important.”
The annual report, which is released every November, covers fatalities from November 2022 to the present month. It documents 53 violent deaths and 56 nonviolent deaths, with 32 attributed to suicide. Notably, trans women constitute the majority of casualties in both categories.
Heng-Lehtinen said, “Even though hate crimes overall are decreasing in the United States, they are actually increasing when it comes to hate crimes against transgender people in particular and, even more so, hate crimes against transgender women.”
In the October 2023 release of the FBI’s national crime statistics, there was a significant 32.9% increase in reported hate crimes based on gender identity compared to the previous year. This surge, highlighted in the report, disproportionately affected people of color.
Among nonviolent deaths, 64% involved white individuals, while 51% of violent deaths affected Black individuals. Notably, 21 out of the 53 violent deaths were of Black trans women.
Heng-Lehtinen stated that these numbers are “obviously completely out of proportion to the general population” and emblematic of a “horrible storm of transphobia, meeting misogyny, meeting racism”.
Courtesy : TOI
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