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Beaten, stoned and burnt alive: 226 trans people murdered this year

Beaten, stoned and burnt alive: 226 trans people murdered this year

Trans people have been stoned to death, burned alive and had their eyes plucked out by their murderer, a new report says.

It highlights the tragedies of 226 trans people murdered in the last 12 months. 11 of the victims were 18 years old or younger.

But even these harrowing stories are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Brazil and Mexico, once again, 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.

But the research only includes the murders of trans people that can be documented through publicly available information, or are reported by local advocacy groups. That means the number of deaths is certainly underestimated.

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 there are still dangerous places for trans people to exist.

In Brazil, 113 trans people were reportedly murdered, and in Mexico, 31 were killed.

10 trans people were murdered in the United States and two were killed in Canada. One was killed in the UK.

The full detailed list makes for very difficult reading.

A 21-year-old trans woman,  known only as Glenda, was beaten and stoned. Her half naked body was found weeks after her death in a Mexican waste land.

Suman Singh, a 20-year-old Indian, was set on fire by four people in January, dying from the injuries in hospital.

A Brazilian trans woman, known only as NN, was reported dead in August. Local newspapers reported she was found ‘without eyes’.

And Alex, an eight-year-old from Rio De Janiero, told her dad she was a girl. He responded by beating her up so badly she died.

Alecs Recher, co-chair of Transgender Europe, said it was important to learn from these statistics.

‘Transgender Day of Remembrance is there to honor the people that have lost their lives to brutal transphobia,’ Recher told Gay Star News.

‘Our Trans Murder Monitoring data show that more murders are reported where there is a strong trans movement. This means that we learn only about the tip of the iceberg and that organizing ourselves does make a difference.

‘The police, the judicial system, the media and the wider public must never misgender, misname or misreport a trans person’s death. At least in death the victim’s dignity must not be violated again.

‘It is so important for us all to come together on Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate the victims and see it as a task to work together to prevent further murders and to improve trans peoples’ general living conditions.’