The American Medical Association called the rate of transgender murders in 2019 an “epidemic.”
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Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day meant to honor the transgender people who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence, falls on Nov. 20. The week prior is known as Transgender Awareness Week, and seeks to raise awareness around the issues transgender people face.
Earlier this year, the American Medical Association labelled this year’s rate of transgender murders in the U.S. an “epidemic,” according to the New York Times.
Indeed, according to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 22 transgender or gender non-confirming people were killed in the United States this year. A report from Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide found that 331 trans and gender-diverse people were killed worldwide between October 2018 and September 2019. The HRC notes that incidences of anti-transgender violence sometimes go unreported or misreported, and many victims are misgendered by police departments or the media.
On this day of remembrance, organizations supporting the trans community tweeted out some tips for observing Transgender Day of Remembrance. Read on to find out how you can help.
1. Participate in vigils — including online ones
2. Learn about some of the people who have died
3. Listen to the stories of survivors of anti-transgender violence
4. Know the importance of allyship and understand the historical context
5. Understand the importance of using the right names
6. Share and download art that celebrates transgender resilience
7. Learn crisis hotline numbers