Eliminating Violence Against Transgender Women in the US

Nicki Ward left and Monica Forrester right were among a hundred people at a vigil and march for Alloura Wells in Toronto on Sunday ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nicki Ward left and Monica Forrester right were among a hundred people at a vigil and march for Alloura Wells in Toronto on Sunday ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance

It is a day set aside to remember and honor the transgender people who have been killed during the year.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a statement denouncing violence and discrimination against transgender people.

Today marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance, when the trans community and friends gather together to mourn the men, women and non binary people murdered every year due to their gender identity. "Transgender Day of Remembrance 2017".

Alloura Wells
Alloura Wells a transgender Toronto woman went missing from the downtown area in late July

So far this year, at least 26 transgender men and women have died from murders that appear to have been motivated by bias, from Mesha Caldwell in Canton, Mississippi to Kenne McFadden in San Antonio, Texas and Kenneth Bostick in New York City. According to TMM, there were 30 more victims in that time frame than in previous dates recorded.

Governor Dennis Daugarard vetoed the bill passed by the legislature past year, saying the measure was "a solution in search of a problem".

The report also emphasized that many transgender people living in poverty "rely on the underground economy to survive, including sex work, drug sales and other now criminalized work".

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The 25 victims in 2017 identified in the report included three transgender women of color ― Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen and Jaquarrius Holland ― who were killed in Louisiana in the month of February.

In Tillerson's words, he explicitly voiced support for transgender individuals.

"While every story highlighted in this report is unique and tragic, they all also reflect a legacy of intolerance, hate and discrimination that transgender people must navigate and surmount every day", the document noted.

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