The Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued a statement to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is observed on November 20th. The statement emphasizes the need for greater awareness, understanding, and action to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community.
According to Division of HIV Health Director Dr. Kathleen Brady, at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Philadelphia were tragically cut short through violent means in 2023. Out of these victims, 88% were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women. This alarming trend highlights the urgent need for comprehensive measures to curb gun violence and foster safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
The heartbreaking statistics reveal that 73% of the victims lost their lives to gun violence, emphasizing the pressing need for comprehensive measures to curb gun ownership and regulate its accessibility. Equally concerning is that 47% of victims with a known assailant were killed by a romantic/sexual partner, friend, or family member. This underscores the critical importance of fostering safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships and addressing domestic violence against members of the trans community.
Adding to the tragedy, 50% of the victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press, compounding the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones. It is imperative that we work collectively to rectify this injustice and ensure that everyone’s dignity and respect are recognized regardless of their gender identity.
As we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, let us renew our commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Together, we must strive for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice. The Health Department remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity