On Nov. 18, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation released "A National Epidemic: Fatal Anti-Transgender Violence in the United States in 2019."
The report notes the at least 22 transgender people and gender non-conforming people killed in 2019, and details the contributing factors that lead to this tragic violence. The report was released two days ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which, this year, marks the 20th annual commemoration of transgender people killed during the preceding year.
"Transgender women of color are living in crisis, especially Black transgender women," said HRC President Alphonso David in a statement. "While the details of the cases documented in this report differ, the toxic intersection of racism, sexism, transphobia and easy access to guns conspire to deny so many members of the transgender and gender non-conforming community access to housing, employment and other necessities to survive and thrive."
The report explores many of the factors that can contribute to or facilitate fatal violence. In many instances, systemic discrimination at the intersection of gender identity and race lead to significant barriers to employment and housing.
The full report is at www.hrc.org/resources/a-national-epidemic-fatal-anti-trans-violence-in-the-united-states-in-2019. For more information on HRC's work on transgender equality, visit www.hrc.org/explore/topic/transgender .