The Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued a statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, reflecting on the tragic loss of life experienced by at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the city in 2023. Dr. Kathleen Brady, Division of HIV Health Director, spoke out about the need for greater awareness and understanding to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community.
The statement emphasized that 88% of the victims were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women. This alarming trend highlights the urgent need for action to address the disproportionate violence faced by this community. The fact that 73% of victims lost their lives to gun violence underscores the critical importance of comprehensive measures to curb firearm proliferation.
Equally concerning was the fact that 47% of victims with a known assailant were killed by a romantic/sexual partner, friend, or family member. This statistic underscores the critical importance of fostering safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
The statement also highlighted that 50% of victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press, compounding the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones. It is imperative that we work collectively to rectify this injustice and ensure dignity and respect for every individual, regardless of their gender identity.
As we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, let us renew our commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Together, we must strive for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice. The Health Department remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and compassion, and we call on all citizens to join us in this crucial endeavor.