Rising violence against the trans community
2021 has been the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender-variant people. This year there have been at least 46 transgender people killed in the United States, and they are disproportionately people of color. Within the last year 5 have been from our state of Illinois, all Black women: Disaya Monaee Smith, Brianna Hamilton, Tiara Banks, Tyianna Alexander, and Courtney “Eshay” Key.
Suicide is another issue that affects the Transgender community at disproportionate rates. According to a 2015 survey, 81% of those identifying as Transgender have thought about suicide, and 40% have attempted suicide at some point in their lives; nearly 10 times more than the national average. To talk about these issues, The 21st was joined by the Trans & Gender Non-Binary Community Health Manager for Howard Brown Health and the niece of an Illinois trans woman who died by suicide.
Trisha Lee Holloway (she/her/hers)
Trans & Gender Non Binary Community Health Manager for Howard Brown Health, a LGBTQ affirming health care organization in Chicago.
Itzhel Jihan (they/them/theirs)
Niece of the late Lavender Kieran Jihan, a 23-year-old Carbondale native who died by suicide in June of 2021.
Today marks Transgender Day of Remembrance #TDOR ��️⚧️��️⚧️��️⚧️ As a community, we come together to mourn, grieve, and uplift those we have lost to anti-trans violence, bigotry, and hate. pic.twitter.com/a148Zze9Vi— Equality Illinois (@EqualityILL) November 21, 2021
Black transgender woman Marquiisha Lawrence, 28, was shot to death on November 4 in Greenville, South Carolina. https://t.co/5WqaQIJXYM— The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) November 9, 2021
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