This year marked the first reporting of murders targeting trans and gender-diverse individuals in Armenia, Belgium, and Slovakia.
These disturbing incidents underscore the global challenges faced by the trans community and highlight the urgent need for increased awareness, advocacy, and protective measures to ensure the safety and rights of trans and gender-diverse individuals worldwide.
The level of murders of transgender and gender-diverse people across the globe shows no sign of slowing down, according to new figures data provided by Transgender Europe (TGEU) as Trans Awareness Week begins.
“Despite the advancements in trans rights in the last decade, deadly violence against trans people remains at a consistently high level,” says a spokesperson for TGEU.
Globally, at least 320 trans and gender-diverse people were reported murdered between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023.
That figure will likely overtake last year’s total by the end of 2023.
In Europe, 16 people were killed between January and the end of September.
While Latin America and the Caribbean have once again reported the highest number of murders around the world – 235 cases in total – the picture is also bleak in Europe and Eurasia.
Murders in Armenia, Belgium and Slovakia were reported for the first time this year.
TGEU say it’s entirely likely that the figures, both across Europe and globally, are not a true reflection of the real levels of trans murders taking place.
Their data does not include all reported cases worldwide. The reason? Not all trans and gender-diverse murder victims are identified as such in reports of their deaths.
The high number of murder reports out of Latin America and the Caribbean are, TGEU says, easily attributed to the existence of established monitoring systems in these regions.
Most of the data the organisation used came from countries with strong networks of trans and LGBTI organisations that conduct the monitoring.
Whatever the actual numbers of trans and gender-diverse people murdered are, the statistics make for grim reading.
Globally, 48% of murdered trans people whose occupation is known were sex workers. That figure jumps to more than three-quarters – some 78% – in Europe.
On the continent as well as in the broader global community, racism-motivated murders have risen 15% from last year – up 65% in 2022 to 80% now.
The vast majority of victims identified as trans women or trans feminine people, and most of the murdered people were under 25 years old.
At a time of significant conflict globally, the fact that 45% of trans people reported murdered in Europe were migrants or refugees is especially stark.
Reporting that 28% of the recorded murders took place on the street, and a further quarter, 26% in the victim’s residence, TGEU explains it’s as dangerous a time as ever to be a trans or gender-diverse person.
“These numbers are just a small glimpse into the reality on the ground. Most cases worldwide continue to go unreported,” a TGEU spokesperson explains, “Those that are reported receive very little attention.”
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