A grim statistic — More transgender people have been murdered in the United States in 2017 than any other year on record, according to advocacy groups.
AT LEAST 25 VICTIMS
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has calculated 26 transgender and gender-nonconforming people were murdered in the U.S. so far this year; 16 of the victims were transgender women of color.
The Human Rights Campaign and Trans People of Color Coalition, in a joint report released Friday, estimated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the past five years, including at least 25 this year. They define transgender as people whose gender identity is different than the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Both reports list the entire group of victims, including information about their murders.
Both groups say their totals may be incomplete because transgender victims are sometimes misidentified in police and news reports.
In some cases, it has taken weeks or even months for friends or family to publicly clarify the gender identity of a victim who had transitioned from the gender given in initial police accounts of the death.