There Have Been 14 Trans People Killed in the U.S. So Far This Year

There Have Been 14 Trans People Killed in the U.S. So Far This Year
Source: AP
Source: AP

On June 9, a 20-year-old trans woman became the 14th transgender person killed in the United States in 2016 when her body was found in a burning car in New Orleans, Autostraddle reported Tuesday.

The woman, called Goddess Diamond by trans poet and writer Venus Selenite — "We use 'Goddess' in substitution of a trans woman's dead/government name," Selenite explained in a tweet  — is the latest victim in what has already proven to be a deadly year for the trans community.

The disproportionate violence against trans people is hardly limited to this year. According to the Anti-Violence Project, an LGBTQ advocacy group, in 2013, 72% of the victims of hate violence homicides were trans women, and trans people "experience violence at alarmingly high rates." 

According to the Advocate, 2015 was "the deadliest [year] on record for transgender Americans, with at least 21 trans women killed in the U.S. alone."

Many have drawn parallels between the extreme rhetoric surrounding anti-trans legislation — like the bathroom restrictions enacted with North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 — and violence against trans people. 

Diamond worked at a New Orleans Wal-Mart, Autostraddle reported. Her coworker and friend, George Melichar, told the New Orleans Advocate that Diamond was "very loved." 

"That's what makes this more difficult," Melichar said. "In addition to losing a friend, we lost an LGBT leader."

Read more: 
• After Orlando, I Messaged Every LGBTQ Contact in My Phone — The Response Was Heartbreaking
• Why Makeup Matters to Transgender People — and How the Internet Is Helping
• Let's Remember How the Orlando Shooting Victims Lived, Not Just How They Died

June 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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