331 trans and gender diverse people have been killed this year, says a new report.
The majority of the murders catalogued happened in Brazil, totalling 130. However, Mexico had 63, and the United States saw 30.
Only one was counted in the United Kingdom this year. Across Europe, nine trans people were killed, according to the report.
The annual report released to mark the International Trans Day of Remembrance, held annually on November 20, is compiled by Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide.
The Trans Murder Monitoring report has been released every year since 2008. Since the project began 11 years ago, they have recorded 3314 deaths. It monitors homicides that happen every year between the dates of between October 1 and September 30.
This year the number of deaths is down slightly from 2018’s 369, to 331 this year.
The report is released annually to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance
The list, compiled by Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide, sources local and national news stories covering the deaths and murders.
The stories from across the world share gruesome details of the homicides, hangings and even lynching of trans and gender diverse people.
The report authors say: “Stigma and discrimination against trans and gender-diverse people is real and profound around the world.”
Since the Trans Murder Monitoring project began in 2008, 61% of the deaths have been in the sex workers community. 1 in 3 killed have been shot.
The report acknowledges the actual number of trans people killed is likely to be much higher than they can catalogue:
“In most countries, data on murdered trans and gender-diverse people are not systematically produced, and it is impossible to estimate the actual number of cases.
“Trans and gender-diverse people are victims of horrifying hate violence, including extortion, physical and sexual assaults, and murder.”
The report lists the 331 trans people killed this year
Juliana Ferreira was the first death recorded this year on October 3 2018. She was found dead and in a state of decomposition near a large stone which local media posed as the cause of death. The local media reports deadname Juliana, referring to her with a male name.
Júnia Franco, the last name on the list this year, was stabbed 13 times and left in a pool of blood. They were killed on September 29 2019.
Juliana and Júnia will be the first and last names of over three hundred, which will be read out at Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils that will take place across the world, led by the LGBTQ community.
When is Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2019?
Trans Day Of Remembrance (TDoR) is a day which remembers those trans and gender-diverse people who have been victims of homicide.
Though the event began in the US, TDoR now happens in many parts of the world.
The International Transgender Day Of Remembrance will be held on November 20, 2019.