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

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.

Source: Frank Franklin II/AP
Source: Frank Franklin II/AP

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.