Killings: It’s open season on transgender people in the United States


Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor

There is sad news out of the United States: The number of murders of transgender and gender non-conforming people in that country have set a record high this year, 22 so far. Last year, the number was 12.

And all the publicity surrounding people like Caitlyn Jenner may be a factor, The Guardian is reporting:

The violence could be tied to growing attention toward transgender people such as the recent coming out of Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, said Kevin Nadal, head of the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

“In general if you look at history a lot of times, whenever there are positive moves for historically marginalised groups there tends to be a backlash,” he said.

Community activists and organizers agree.

Alok Vaid-Menon, an organizer with the Audre Lorde Project, told the Guardian…

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