Two hundred and thirty-eight.
That’s how many people Transgriot lists as having been killed, for the crime of being themselves, in transphobic attacks—and that’s just this year. Just the people we know about.
November 20 is Transgender Remembrance Day; 2013 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Rita Hester’s murder, the event that rallied Gwendolyn Smith to start the annual memoriam. It also marks one year since transgender teenager Sage Smith vanished.
Reading one of the lists of those who died is sobering—as it should be. The people listed are primarily people of color, mostly female, almost all in their twenties and thirties, and all taken by violence much too soon. Not all of them were even identified; one, found in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, on June 8, is listed only as “Unidentified child (age: 13).”
A list of memorial events taking place all over the world can be found here.