Violence against trans people is rampant, and not well reported by the FBI when it comes to hate crimes statistics. Many crimes against trans people go unreported or uninvestigated. In Tennessee and Kentucky, several trans women have been murdered over the years, but no one has been brought to justice for those crimes, and in Texas, a police officer who raped two trans women was given nearly no sentence whatsoever.
GLAAD is urging the media to do more with regards to reporting anti-trans violence, especially as the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches.
Here is what GLAAD had to say:
“Transgender Americans continue to face staggering rates of violence and harassment – simply because of who they are,” said Acting GLAAD President Mike Thompson. “We hope that our community, as well as members of the media, will shine a light on the pervasive violence that transgender people face as well as use this day to remember the humanity that we all share.”
This week, GLAAD is also featuring the stories of leading transgender advocates and celebrities at http://www.glaad.org/tags/transgender-day-remembrance. Among the notables contributing to GLAAD’s TDOR blog series: actress Laverne Cox, People.com editor Janet Mock, advocate DeeDee Chamblee, advocate Ja’briel Walthour, writer Autumn Sandeen, athlete and advocate Chris Mosier, and advocate Stephanie Battaglino, among others.
GLAAD is also proudly sponsoring a number of vigils throughout the country. The Gender Identity Project and the New York Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center will host a vigil in New York City on Friday, November 18 in memoriam of the lives lost to anti-transgender violence (http://www.glaad.org/events/tdor2011nyc) . The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center will host a similar vigil on Sunday, November 20 in West Hollywood, Calif (http://www.glaad.org/events/tdor2011weho).
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was first observed following the 1998 murder of 34-year-old African American transgender woman and advocate, Rita Hester. To this day, Hester’s killer(s) has not been found.