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116 Transgender People Were Murdered Globally In 2011

According to Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM), 116 transgender people were murdered globally, most of the murders of transgender people occurred in Latin America, Seven of this year’s murders were in the US. Reuters has the report:

Seven of this year’s murders were in the United States, TMM said. Washington D.C. hit headlines this year after a series of attacks against transgender people – one of them the fatal shooting of 23-year-old transgender woman Myles Mclean.

“I look forward to the day that no one has to hide or be killed, or bullied or teased or rejected simply for being the person they believe themselves to be,” said Eva-Genevieve Scarborough, 56, who is helping organize a remembrance event in Riverside, California.

“Society needs to be made aware that atrocities such as the murder of trans folks are still happening all around the world.”

Many transgender people seek surgery or hormones to change their physical gender. Others don’t, some by choice and some because discrimination or lack of means stop them accessing medical help.

Discrimination also damages their employment opportunities. And activists worldwide are battling to remove ‘gender identity disorder’ from lists of officially recognized mental illnesses.

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