Transgender Europe (TGEU) has released a harrowing report coinciding with Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20, revealing that 321 trans and gender diverse people were murdered globally between October 2022 and November 2023. Although this figure is slightly lower than the previous year’s 327 murders, it underscores a persistent and troubling pattern of violence against this community.
Disproportionate Impact on Trans Women of Color
The TGEU’s Trans Murder Monitoring project found that an overwhelming 94% of the victims were trans women or trans-feminine people, with almost half known to be sex workers. The report also highlights the intersection of racism and transphobia, noting that 80% of the murdered trans people were affected by racism, a significant increase from the previous year.
The Situation in Europe
In Europe, the data is equally concerning, with 45% of murdered trans people in the region being migrants or refugees. This statistic points to the heightened vulnerability of racialized transgender migrants and refugees who face multiple forms of discrimination and violence.
The Global Picture
The majority of these murders occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 235 cases reported. This high number is partly attributed to the established monitoring systems in these regions. Notably, Armenia, Belgium, and Slovakia reported trans murders for the first time, suggesting a broader, global issue.
Challenges in Data Collection
TGEU notes that these figures may not fully capture the extent of the violence, as some trans people are not identified as such in death reports. This gap in data collection means that the actual number of trans and gender-diverse individuals who have lost their lives to violence could be higher.
A Call to Action
In response to these findings, TGEU, along with other LGBTQ+ organizations, issued a joint statement calling for urgent action from activists, policymakers, lawmakers, and donors. They emphasize the need for comprehensive support, protection, and advocacy for trans and gender-diverse individuals, urging a shift away from societal neglect and systemic discrimination.
Remembering the Victims
The report highlights the tragic death of Brianna Ghey, a 16-year-old trans student in the UK, as a potent example of the violence faced by trans individuals. The queer community’s response to her death, marked by vigils and expressions of heartbreak and solidarity, reflects the deep impact of such losses and the ongoing struggle for safety and acceptance for trans and gender-diverse people worldwide.