On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health released a statement in honor of those who have tragically lost their lives to violence in 2023. Director Dr. Kathleen Brady reflects on the lives of at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who were killed in our city last year. The statement revealed that 88% of these victims were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women.
These statistics are a stark reminder of the urgent need for greater awareness, understanding, and action to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community. As we reflect on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we must also remember that gun violence was responsible for killing 73% of these victims, highlighting the need for comprehensive measures to curb the proliferation of firearms. Additionally, 47% of victims with a known assailant were killed by a romantic/sexual partner, friend, or family member, underscoring the importance of fostering safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
Furthermore, it is unacceptable that 50% of these victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press. This compounded pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones must be addressed to ensure everyone can live free from discrimination and prejudice.
The Health Department remains committed to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and compassion. We call on all citizens to join us in this crucial endeavor as we renew our commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals on Transgender Day