European transgender tracking organization reports 1,700+ trans murders in 7 years

tdor trans murdersLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Transgender Europe, a trans human rights organization established in 2005, reports 1,731 world-wide transgender murders since Jan 1, 2008 through December 31, 2014.

In 2009, the organization started the Trans Murder Monitoring project to collect and monitor transgender homicides. One of the purposes of the project was to help trans activists raise awareness of transgender violence by providing hard data.

Key findings:

1,356 killings of trans and gender-diverse people have been reported in Central and South America, which account for 78% of the globally reported murders of trans and gender-diverse people.

Brazil (51%) and Mexico (14%) account for 65% of all reported murders in Central and South America.

(Note: Some countries such as Brazil and Mexico, have better reporting of murders. When factoring in relative numbers, Honduras, New Caledonia and Guyana rank higher than Brazil, which is 4th. Mexico ranks 9th.)

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of trans youth murdered.

Total murders peaked in 2012, down to 2011’s-level in 2013, then rising slightly in 2014.


The data gleaned by Transgender Europe is far more comprehensive than those I usually report on in this space. I usually am limited to English-based media reports. The vast majority of trans murders occur in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries.

Clearly, Transgender Europe is doing the international trans community a HUGE service.

Data, interactive map: TransRespect-Transphobia – IDAHOT 2015.


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4 replies

  1. How utterly heartbreaking! I saw the same research. Thanks for getting the word out. As heartbreaking as this data is, we must keep pressing on. We simply have no choice, do we?

  2. The biggest pain imaginable would be to die and know I would be called a “transwoman” in the media or anywhere else. Fac that – who has the right to call every girl (born) with a dick a trans* or even worse, transgender? What went wrong????


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