(UPI) — The Transgender Day of Remembrance observed Saturday mourned at least 46 people killed in the deadliest year on record, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
“This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country — and hundreds more around the world — were killed in horrifying acts of violence,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “Each of them deserved freedom, justice and joy.
“Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, as well as the countless other transgender people — disproportionately Black and brown transgender women and girls — who face brutal violence, discrimination and harassment,” he continued.
The killings earlier this month of Marquiisha Lawrence, a 28-year-old Black transgender woman fatally shot in Greenville, S.C., and Jenny De Leon, a 25-year old Latina transgender women found dead in Tampa, Fla., brought this year’s total to 46.