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New report reveals 320 trans and gender diverse people murdered between October 2022 and September 2023

Graham Robson November 13, 2023

Transgender Europe, a trans-led, membership-based non-profit for the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia, has released the annual update of the Trans Murder Monitoring research project, which tracks murders of trans and gender diverse people globally.

Published on the first day of Trans Awareness Week and one week before Trans Day of Remembrance, the report reveals that 320 trans and gender diverse people were reported murdered between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023. This total is very close to the 327 cases reported in the previous year, showing that deadly violence against trans people remains at a consistently high level.

With 235 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean again report the highest number of murders out of all regions. Murders in Armenia, Belgium and Slovakia were reported for the first time this year.

Trans Murder Monitoring 2023 data shows that 94% of victims were trans women or trans feminine people and the age group with the most murder victims was 19 to 25 years old. In addition, data shows that trans people affected by racism make up 80% of the reported murders, a 15% increase from last year.

In a release, Transgender Europe say: “These numbers are just a small glimpse into the reality on the ground. Most cases worldwide continue to go unreported. Those that are reported receive very little attention.”

The Trans Murder Monitoring data does not include all reported cases worldwide, as not all trans and gender diverse murder victims are identified as trans or gender diverse in reports of their death.

Transgender Europe adds: “These figures must therefore be understood in the specific social, political, economic, and historical contexts in which they occur.

“The high number of murder reports from Latin America and the Caribbean can be considerably attributed to the existence of established monitoring systems in these regions. The majority of the data came from countries with strong networks of trans and LGBTQ+ organisations that conduct the monitoring.”

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