According to the The, this year will be the most fatal year for transgender Americans living in America. Human Rights Campaign.
According to the advocacy group 47 transgendered people have been killed in America since January 1, 2020.
The numbers were released last week, just days before Saturday’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, when 36-year-old Angel Naira became the latest causality involving a transgender or gender non-conforming person killed in 2021, CBS News reported.
CBS News reported that Naira was shot to death in her Pennsylvania home on November 11.
It has increased from 44 transgender deaths in 2020 to just weeks in 2019, The Hill reported. Last year, prior to 2021 was the most fatal year for transgender and gender non-conforming Americans. According to the advocacy group, the actual number of victims could be higher. “too often these deaths go unreported — or misreported.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign, many of the victims were Black transgender women.
President Biden made a statement on Saturday to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It stated that transgender individuals have faced difficulties. “horrifying acts of violence.”
“Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy,” Biden said. “Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know. But no person should have to be brave just to live in safety and dignity. Today, we remember. Tomorrow — and every day — we must continue to act.”
Since the start of 2020 until April 2021, more than 75 bills specifically targeted transgender youth have been introduced, with several more having been proposed since, CBS News reported.
“These bills are nothing more than bullying disguised as legislation, they are un-American, and they endanger the safety and well-being of our children,”Biden stated Saturday that he had cited the bills in his statement.
CBS News reported that Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts congresswoman, eulogized transgender victims killed in 2021, reading their names on her House floor.
“The cruelty of transphobia is a threat that we must confront and root out wherever it exists,”Pressley spoke. “Whether in music, or on television, or in the hallowed halls of the nation’s Capitol. There is no place for hatred because someone is brave enough to show up exactly as they are, and to live their truth.”