238 trans people, at least, murdered worldwide this past year

The Trans Murder Monitoring project has discovered the highest number of murders of trans minors in five years

238 trans people, at least, murdered worldwide this past year
15 November 2013

At least 238 trans people have been murdered worldwide this past year.

Brazil and Mexico lead the list in the most reported killings of trans men and woman, according to a new report released by Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project.

Transgender Europe fears the numbers are only the tip of the iceberg of the real figures.

The report only includes the murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information, or are reported by local advocacy groups.

Media organizations – including normally reputable Western names – are often guilty of misgendering the victims when they are trans, making it even more difficult to get a real sense of the problem.

And even in countries where rights for gays and lesbians have made progress, it is clear they are still dangerous places for trans people to exist.

In Brazil, 95 trans people were reportedly murdered, and in Mexico, 40 were killed.

Other countries include the United States, with 16 murders, Venezuela, with 15, Colombia, with 12, and Turkey, with eight.

The project also has found the highest number of murders of minors in the five years it has been keeping statistics.

Since the start of 2013, 11 trans people under the age of 18 have been killed.

Just one of these was a 16-year-old trans girl murdered by a mob at a house party in Jamaica.

A Transgender Europe spokesman said: ‘The alarming figures demonstrate once more that there is an urgent need to react to the violence against trans people and to seek mechanisms to protect trans people.

‘Some international trans activists even started to introduce the term ‘transcide’ to reflect the continuously elevated level of deadly violence against trans people on a global scale.’

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