Each year on November 20, we recognize the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Day was started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender advocate, after Rita Hester, a transgender woman was killed the year prior –– a case that remains unsolved.
Unfortunately, data shows that 2021 is set to be the "deadliest" year yet among transgender people across the globe since records of the killings began.
According to Trans Murder Monitoring, at least 375 trans and gender-diverse people have been murdered this year alone –– up 7% of 2020's already elevated murder rate among transgender people. Due to under-reporting and misreporting, advocates say the number of trans people killed is likely higher.
Brazil continues to have the highest number of reported killings of trans people with at least 125 made this year. In the US, the Human Rights Campaign tracked the killing of at least 44 transgender people this year.
Among Black trans people, the violence is disproportionate and continues to harm friends, families, and leave communities in mourning.
Below, the Black Information Network honors the Black trans and gender diverse people we've lost in 2021.
To read the stories of each individual we've lost, please visit the Human Rights Campaign's full report by clicking here.
Bianca "Muffin" Bankz
Jeffrey "JJ" Bright & Jasmine Cannady
These transgender and non-binary siblings were shot to death in their Pennsylvania home. Their mother was charged.
Diamond Kyree Sanders
Danika "Danny" Henson
Kiér Laprí Kartier
Royal Poetical Starz
Check out these Black-led LGBTQ organizations for more resources.
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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
The National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-6264
The Association of Black Psychologists 1-301-449-3082
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America 1-240-485-1001
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