2021 deadliest year for transgender Americans


The past year has been the deadliest yet for transgender and non-conformist Americans, according to a recent Human Rights Campaign (HRC) report.


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  • The past year has been the deadliest yet for transgender and non-conformist Americans, according to a recent Human Rights Campaign report.
  • At least 47 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been killed since the start of 2021, the highest number of murders since the federal government began tracking in 2013
  • Black transgender women face the highest risk of deadly violence, as they are also subject to the “daily injustices of racism, sexism and transphobia,” according to HRC
  • HRC attributes rise in violence, in part, to a slew of anti-transgender laws passed by state legislatures across the country this year

The HRC, an LGBTQ + lobby and activist group, released the report on November 20, which also marked Transgender Day of Remembrance in the United States. According to the HRC, at least 47 transgender and gender nonconforming people have been killed since the start of 2021..

This is the highest number of deadly violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people since 2013, when the federal government began tracking anti-transgender violence.

But the report also notes that the death toll is likely much higher for a variety of reasons: some people may not have been identified as transgender or gender non-conforming, while other crimes may not have been reported at all.

“Racism, sexism and the pervasive stigma against transgender and non-binary people are all deeply ingrained in our culture, creating a toxic reality for our community,” Jay Brown, senior vice president of programs, research and education. training at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, wrote in a statement. “But as we’ve seen in the past, society can change. He must.”

Rates of violent crime against LGBTQ + people, especially transgender people, have been on the rise in recent years. According to previous HRC reports, at least 44 transgender or gender nonconforming people were killed in 2020; that number was up from at least 25 murders in 2019 and 22 reported deaths in 2018.

Black transgender women face the highest risk of deadly violence, as they are also subject to the “daily injustices of racism, sexism and transphobia,” according to the HRC. More than half of the transgender victims killed this year were black women.

The HRC attributes the rise in violence, in part, to a slew of anti-transgender laws passed by state legislatures across the country this year. According to the HRC, the number of anti-transgender bills introduced in the 2021 legislative session marks “the highest number” of such proposals in the country’s history.

Earlier this year, a number of states introduced or passed legislation prohibiting transgender women from participating in women’s sports. Such measures were adopted in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Montana and implemented by an executive order of Governor Kristi Noem in South Dakota.

Another batch of bills seek to ban gender-affirming medical treatments for trans minors – including the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapy.

In a statement on Saturday, President Biden said the bills are “nothing more than bullying disguised as legislation, that they are not American, and that they endanger the safety and the good. -being our children ”.

“I continue to call on heads of state and lawmakers to tackle the worrying proliferation of discriminatory state laws targeting transgender people, especially transgender children,” the statement continued. “I also continue to urge the Senate to pass the Equality Act swiftly so that all can live free from fear and discrimination.”

The Equality Act, which would codify federal protections for LGBTQ + Americans in U.S. civil rights and labor laws, was passed by the House in February but stagnated in the equally divided Senate.

If passed, the Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act 1964 to prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The protections would include education, housing, loan applications and a number of other areas.

“Full equality has been denied to LGBTQ + Americans and their families for far too long,” President Joe Biden said in a statement at the time. “Despite the extraordinary progress the LGBTQ + community has made in securing their basic civil rights, discrimination is still endemic in many areas of our society.”

“The Equality Act provides long-awaited federal civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, locking in essential safeguards in our housing, education, and public service systems. and loan – and codifying the courage and resilience of the LGBTQ + law movement, ”Biden added.

Opponents of the bill, who include Republicans, religious leaders and other conservative groups, say it would undermine religious freedoms and give transgender athletes unfair advantages.

“The bill may have equality in title, but it certainly does not serve all Americans,” said at the time Representative Virginia Foxx, RN.C., saying that the bill ” is a vector of serious and harmful consequences “.

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