HRC recorded 44 deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in 2020, greater than in any 12 months since we started monitoring this violence in 2013.
Murder detectives on the Baltimore Police Division are at the moment investigating Henson’s dying and have a suspect. Anybody with info can contact detectives at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7Lockup.
Henson’s relations have mentioned that they consider Henson could have been killed by an acquaintance or somebody that Henson has a relationship with. Tragically, interpersonal violence accounts for a major variety of fatalities towards transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. In 2020, roughly seven in ten transgender and gender non-conforming individuals killed because of deadly violence have been killed by an acquaintance, buddy, member of the family or intimate associate. Sadly, the connection of the sufferer to the killer continues to be unknown for near one-third (30%) of all recognized circumstances. Which means that wherever from 44% to 74% of victims since 2013 have been violently killed by somebody they knew, together with intimate companions, relations, associates, friends and acquaintances.
Moreover, in accordance with the 2015 United States Transgender Survey, 54% of transgender and non-binary individuals have skilled some type of intimate associate violence of their life. Final 12 months, HRC launched a report, titled “LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence and COVID-19,” that particulars the elevated danger of interpersonal violence confronted by LGBTQ individuals, which is exacerbated in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Greater than 10,000 hate crimes within the U.S. contain a firearm every year, which equates to greater than 28 every day, in accordance with a 2020 report from HRC, Everytown for Gun Security Help Fund, Giffords Regulation Middle and Equality Florida titled “Remembering and Honoring Pulse: Anti-LGBTQ Bias and Guns Are Taking Lives of Countless LGBTQ People.” The report additionally notes a marked enhance in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, particularly towards transgender individuals. In accordance with the 2017-2019 Transgender Homicide Tracker, three-fourths of confirmed homicides towards transgender individuals have concerned a gun, and almost eight in 10 homicides of Black trans girls contain a gun. Additional, advocates noticed a 43% enhance within the formation of anti-LGBTQ hate teams in 2019.
In an injustice compounding this tragedy, Henson was misgendered in some media and police stories. Anti-transgender stigma is exacerbated by callous or disrespectful remedy by some within the media, legislation enforcement and elected workplaces. In accordance with HRC analysis, it’s estimated that roughly three-quarters of all recognized victims have been misgendered by the media and/or by legislation enforcement. Within the pursuit of better accuracy and respect, HRC provides guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender individuals. HRC, Media Issues and the Trans Journalists Affiliation have additionally partnered on an FAQ for reporters writing about anti-trans violence.
On the state stage, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Maryland are explicitly shielded from discrimination in employment, housing and public areas, however not in training. Maryland expressly consists of each sexual orientation and gender identification as protected traits in its hate crimes legislation. Whereas recent weeks have seen some gains that assist and affirm transgender individuals, we’re additionally at the moment going through anti-LGBTQ attacks at many ranges of presidency, with greater than 250 anti-LGBTQ payments into consideration in state legislatures throughout the nation, greater than 120 of which instantly goal transgender individuals. Final week, 2021 set a record because the worst 12 months for anti-LGBTQ laws in current historical past.
We should demand higher from our elected officers and reject dangerous anti-transgender laws on the native, state and federal ranges, whereas additionally contemplating each doable method to make ending this violence a actuality. It’s clear that deadly violence disproportionately impacts transgender girls of coloration, particularly Black transgender girls. The intersections of racism, transphobia, sexism, biphobia and homophobia conspire to deprive them of requirements to reside and thrive, so we should all work collectively to domesticate acceptance, reject hate and finish stigma for everybody within the trans and gender non-conforming group.
With a purpose to work in direction of this aim and fight stigma towards transgender and non-binary individuals, HRC has collaborated with WarnerMedia on a PSA marketing campaign to raise up their voices and tales. Be taught extra and watch the PSAs here.
For extra details about HRC’s transgender justice work, go to hrc.org/transgender.