The increase of violence against transgender individuals in the United States has passed a grim turning point. In just seven months, the number of transgender people killed in 2020 has surpassed the total for all of 2019.
At the very least 28 transgender individuals have been killed until now this year compared to 26 last year. According to information accumulated by the National Center for Transgender Equal Rights, 23 of the targets were transgender ladies, four were transgender men and also one was non-binary.
The epidemic of physical violence is particularly pronounced for Black and Latina trans females. They encounter violence every day, and they fear counting on the authorities for aid,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, replacement executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equal Rights.
To stem the physical violence targeting transgender individuals requires boosted access to safe, affordable housing, plans that shield transgender people from discrimination and raise economic opportunity, and also enhanced police training.
However reforms should go better to interfere with the systemic racism as well as transphobia that press many transgender individuals of shade into susceptible circumstances, locked out of steady real estate, protected jobs and loving houses. No one must be forced to live in concern,” Heng-Lehtinen claimed.
Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears, 33, was stabbed to fatality in Portland, Oregon while attending a vigil for murder sufferer Tyrell Penney, Individuals magazine reports. Rhone-Spears came to be at the very least the 28th transgender individual murdered this year. “Another Black transgender woman is dead, eliminated in an act of violence while attending a vigil for a murder sufferer,” Heng-Lehtinen stated.
In NCTE’s UNITED STATE Transgender Study, which included over 28,000 respondents, virtually half (47%) of all Black respondents reported being denied equivalent therapy, vocally bugged, and/or beat in the previous year because of being transgender. Nearly one in 10 (9%) got physically struck in the past year because of being transgender. Black transgender ladies (14%) were more probable to be physically assaulted in the previous year because of being transgender, compared to Black non-binary individuals (8%) and transgender males (7%).
In NCTE’s UNITED STATE Transgender Study, 30% of all Latino respondents reported being rejected equal therapy, vocally pestered, and/or physically struck in the previous year because of being transgender. Nearly one in 10 (9%) were literally struck in the previous year for being transgender. Latina transgender ladies (12%) and non-binary people (10%) were more likely to be physically struck in the past year because of being transgender, compared to Latino transgender guys (7%).
Virtually 57% of all respondents stated that they hesitated to go to the cops when they required help. And 58% of transgender individuals that communicated with police reported experiences of harassment, abuse, or various other mistreatment. Over 60% reported being literally attacked and also 64% reporting being sexually assaulted.
In 2019, NCTE published “Failing To Secure & Serve,” an audit of policies of the 25 biggest police divisions in the country. The most significant finding was that police divisions in the United States are failing to protect transgender individuals.