In a statement released by the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on record, this year has been the deadliest for transgender people.
As reported by The Hill, forty-seven transgender and non-conforming individuals have been fatally shot or died from violent means in 2021. According to the HRC, the group has been recording violence against the transgender community since 2013. Last year it was reported 44 deaths of transgender or gender-nonconforming people.
It is even more upsetting that many deaths have occurred among Black transgender women. In a report, NBC News says a disproportionate percentage of fatal violence of transgender people, has taken place within the Southeast region of the U.S. As a result many Southern states have rolled out legislation targeting transgender youth.
Also, the clearance rate for arrests or court prosecution towards violence against the transgender community is low. Brendan Lentz, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University, complied with the clearance rate is around 44 percent. While the national average falls between 60 percent and 70 percent.
“Witnesses are less likely to come forward, and a lot of issues enter the equation,” he said, according to NBC News.
In a report released on recently, The HRC says nearly 80 percent of deaths involving transgender people included misgendering by media or law enforcement.