02 dating is murder 2016
But these killings are not just numbers, and the deaths of transgender people have meaning beyond the years in which they occurred.
Yet somehow, every year, I naïvely expect the pace of anti-transgender killings—that relentless, awful thrum of headlines—to slow down. According to the Human Rights Campaign, four transgender women have already been killed in the first six weeks of the new year.Former prosecutor-turned-therapist Hailey Dean is a powerhouse, Mensa bright, and acutely observant.During a tragic week, one of her patients loses her parents to separate fatal accidents along with millions of dollars that has seemingly vanished into thin air.In the transgender community of which I am a part—comprised of a mere 1.4 million of us in the United States—these deaths send shockwaves that are felt far beyond the victims’ inner circles.
This horrible violence, the unceasingness of it, is what keeps so many transgender people living in fear, especially those who are poor, or who are not white.Two dozen killings are more than enough to make a tiny percentage of the population afraid of suffering a similar fate, whether in our homes or on the streets.