2015 saw 23 murders and 24 suicides of trans/gnc folks in the US alone. It doubled the murder rate of the year before and stats were similar around the world. It was the most violent year on record to date. Until 2016.
Trans and gender non-conforming people face staggering amounts of violence every year. In 2016, we know of 249 trans/gnc folks who were murdered as of between 1/1 - 11/17. 25 of those were in the US alone. We couldn't find numbers for the suicides, but it's thought to be similarly, shockingly high. And these are just the ones we know about. Many aren't reported or misreported so the real numbers are likely much higher.
Most of the murders are of trans women, specifically trans women of color. In the US, almost 90% of the known 2016 murders were of trans women of color. This isn't just a problem--it's an epidemic.
But there is hope. In 1966, trans people led the Compton's Cafeteria Riot in SF where the queer community rose up. It's one of the earliest known examples of collective, militant resistance to trans oppression in the US, possibly the world. Trans people followed this up in 1969 by leading the Stonewall Riots in NY in which queers again rose up. We've kept fighting and we won't stop until we've won.
To help combat this violence, we are selling "I ❤ Trans People" shirts to show you're with us. All funds raised will go towards a memorial fund to help with passing costs for low income trans/gnc folks in SF. For more info, please check out https://www.booster.com/i-love-trans-....
Also please join us on November 20 for Transgender Day of Remembrance to remember our fallen family. To find one near you, check out tdor.info. For more info on the SF event, check out tdorsf.org.
Producers: Clair Farley and Gwen Park
Editor: Gwen Park
Music: "Mystery of Life" by Francesco D'Andrea via premiumbeat.com
Art of Stonewall riots by Micah Bazant, from Major: A new documentary film, courtesy of Annalise Ophelian
People in ending photo:
1st row: Jennicet Eva Gutiérrez, Tatiana Kaneholani, Dane Schnittman, Robin Irizarry, Frida Ibarra, Alexa Diaz, Clover Garcia, Caleb Arring, Chloe Parfitt, Eli Conley, Rye Coradini, Paul Hendry, Cera Barrow
2nd row: Sophie Zheng, Angelica Ross, Gayle Roberts, Star Amerasu, JoAnne Keatley, Laverne Cox, Stephanie Luz, Jade Juhl, Joshua Kogut, Micah Bazant, Niko Kowell, Kim Coco Iwamoto, Penny Erin Tibbetts
3rd row: Leslie Monroy, Victory "Vi" Le, KB Tuffy Boyce, Karlyn Isaak Lotney, Sabrina Suico, Maria Jose Garza, Shawn Demmons, Rw Painter, Isa Noyola, Miss Peaches Montrice, Maceo Persson, Sasha Buchert, Logan Line
4th row: Lance Moore, Pax Ahimsa Gethen, Jenna Rapues Alexandra Rodriguez De Ruiz, Rita Hester, Alex Austin, Melenie Eleneke, Christopher Lee, Veronika Fimbres, Bobbi Jean Baker, StormMiguel Florez, Bo Lotus Derek-Smith, Lady Katerina
5th row: Philipe Harrington, Blossom C. Brown, Candy Coleman, Brandon Teena, Holy Old Man Bull, Vicki Marlane, Dee Dee Yubeta, Renee Richards, Lou Sullivan, Alex Lee, Janetta Johnson, Alexandra Cruz, Agatha Varshenka
6th row: Bri Barnett, A.J. Russo, Jovana Luna, Martin Rawlings-Fein, Sandy Stone, Felicia Flames Elizondo, Tracie Jada O'Brien, Sylvia Rivera, Susan Stryker, Matthew Rice, Masen Davis, Kris Hayashi, Adrian Q Quintero
7th row: Anthony Wiliams, Dylan Martin, Sean Dorsey, Shawna Virago, Kylar Broadus, Marsha P. Johnson, Tamara Ching, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Jamison Green, Alexis Rivera, Jasmine Jubillee Gee, Kalash Ka, Sparkle Thornton
8th row: Marrisa Carter, Isis King, Tanesh Watson Nutall, Sharyn Grayson, Billie Cooper, Tracey Africa Norman, Cecilia Chung, Gabriel Haaland, Caroline Cossey, Theresa Sparks, Fresh! White, Evelyn Rios, Erica Douglas
9th row: Alic Shook, Lexi Nepantla Adsit, Eden Will, Jo'Mocha, Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, Tita Aida, Dani Castro, Jazzie Collins, Willy Wilkinson, Gwen Araujo, Clair Farley, Jim Howley, Daphne Dorman
10th row: Crystal, Annie Danger, Alex Smith, Drago Renteria, Tyler Fong, Noriel Herras, Luis Gutierrez-Mock, Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, Greta Gustava Martela, Jay Will, Amanda Simpson, Cyd Nova, Canyon Bosler
11th row: Bobbee Trans Mooremon, Breanna Elyce Sinclairé, Ewan Duarte, Mya Taylor, Cris Izaguirre, Erica Jane Worthington, Brigit Coons, Brooke Elizabeth Merano, Blake Baza, Donna Personna, Jasmine Infiniti, Robyn Kuslits
12th row: Chrishaun Reed Mai'luv McDonald, Robyn, Angel Adeyoha, Ian James Anderson, Lulu Blessing, Aejaie Franiscus, Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Joe Miller, Elliot Franks, Sera Fernando, Roman Rimer, Vanessa Rochelle, Alexandra Gray