In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a statement. Director Dr. Kathleen Brady reflects on the lives of at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Philadelphia who have tragically lost their lives to violence in 2023. The statement has revealed that 88% of these victims were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women. These alarming statistics emphasize the urgent need for greater awareness, understanding, and action to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community.
The statistics also show that 73% of the victims lost their lives to gun violence, 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, 50% of the victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press, compounding the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones.
As Transgender Day of Remembrance is honored, the statement urges a renewed commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. It emphasizes the need for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice. The Health Department remains dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and compassion and calls on all citizens to join in this crucial endeavor.