The new study by the Organization of American States (OAS) used as an example one recent month in which 23 transgender people were killed while only 16 lesbian or gay people were killed in the same time period. The area covered in their study consists of all countries in North and South America.
The OAS reported that in the United States, approximately .3 percent of the population consider themselves openly trans, vs 3.5 percent for openly lesbian or gay. After doing a bit of math to factor in the percentage of population numbers, I figure individual trans people are at risk for murder near ten times that of their lesbian or gay friends.
Another thing confirmed by study — Brazil is the most dangerous country by far in all of the Americas, regardless of whether you’re trans or LGB.
What to take away from this? The risk of being killed just for being trans is sky-high and our seemingly preoccupation with transgender deaths serves dual purposes — to educate and to remind ourselves to be safe.
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