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2020 already the deadliest year on record for trans Americans

Another three trans women have been murdered in the US as the deadliest year on record for transphobic violence continues.

Felycya Harris, 33, was found dead in a park in Georgia earlier this month.

The same week, Brooklyn Des huna in Louisiana and Sara Blackwood in Indiana were both shot to death, Pink News has reported.

The women’s murders bring the total known killings of trans people in the US to 33 this year, the highest since records began.

Statistics on murders of trans people may be underestimated due to misreporting – Blackwood’s murder was originally reported as that of a man.

“This epidemic of violence, which is particularly impacting transgender women of colour, must and can be stopped,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David.

“We must work to address the factors that underpin this culture of violence and openly discuss how the intersection of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia work to deprive transgender and gender non-conforming people of equal access to opportunity and necessities like employment, housing, and health care.”

Tori Cooper of the Human Rights Campaign reiterated that no one deserves to be the victim of hate crimes.

“Brooklyn was just 20 years old, at the beginning of her life,” said Cooper, in a statement following the cosmetology student’s death.

“She did not deserve to have that life taken from her.

“Not one of the trans and gender non-conforming people who have been killed this year deserved to have their lives taken from them.

“This violence is horrific, and it must be stopped.

“We need everyone to commit to taking action today to bring this violence to an end.

“As we mourn with Brooklyn’s friends and family, we will continue fighting for justice for all trans and gender non-conforming people.”

Transphobic sentiment and hate crimes have been on the rise around the world, including in the US, where the Trump administration earlier this year finalised legislation stripping trans Americans of anti-discrimination protection that was granted by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

Trans Day of Remembrance, held each year on 20 November, honours the memory of those whose lives have been lost to transphobia.

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