Epidemic Of Black Trans Killings Continues To Rise At Disturbing Rate

  • Written by Tomas Kassahun
  • Published on 14th June 2021
    The protest proceeds from Wellington Arch down Piccadilly during a march in support of the Black LGBTQ+ community / Photo Credit: Guy Smallman
  • The killings of Black trans individuals, an epidemic that has continued to skyrocket in recent years, is trending upwards at a disturbing rate in 2021. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), at least 20 of the 28 transgender or gender nonconforming people killed this year are Black or Brown people. 
  • Alphonso David, president of the HRC, said the number could possibly be even higher than the data shows because many of the attacks are unreported.
  • “Fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color because they are at the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia,” David told CNN. “And they, unfortunately, are receiving the brunt of the violence in this country.”
  • At least 27 transgender and nonconforming people were killed in 2019, with the majority of them being Black individuals, according to the HRC. Many of the 44 transgender or gender-nonconforming people killed in the U.S. last year were also Black. 


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