Tillerson Says Transgender People Should Not Be Discriminated Against

Posted November 21, 2017

Fatal violence against transgender individuals has increased in recent years, reaching a record high in 2017, according to two new reports.

Today marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when the trans community and friends gather together to mourn the men, women and non binary people murdered every year due to their gender identity.

People of color have disproportionately been the victims of these attacks. These victims were killed by acquaintances, partners and strangers, some of whom have been arrested and charged, while others have yet to be identified.

Discrimination against transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary people is a regular feature, with this discrimination sadly increasing towards transgender children.

"On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence", the statement reads. A report from a year ago by the group Transgender Europe found that over 2,000 trans people have been killed since 2008.

For TDOR, GLAAD will remember the meaningful lives of those trans people that have been killed this year. "We have to be who we truly are, and we do it despite the violence that might be perpetrated against us".

"On this day of mourning, Mermaids stands with the transgender community and its allies, in sadness for the too many that have died (for they are all somebody's child), and in hope, that the future for our young generation will bring with it greater compassion, understanding and acceptance".

"While every story highlighted in this report is unique and tragic, they all also reflect a legacy of intolerance, hate and discrimination that transgender people must navigate and surmount every day", the document noted.