A couple of things irritated me greatly during the Trans Day of Remembrance. Firstly we had supposed feminists telling trans women to quit all the depressing stuff about people being murdered. Like, who cares, right? And even if they did it was hardly as important as trans people being mean to celebrities on Twitter. On the other hand we had LGBT people in the UK saying that TDOR wasn’t important here because all the people who get killed live in other countries.
The points I kept making are that there is a reason that around 99% of the trans people who get murdered identify as female, and there is a reason why the vast majority of the victims are people of color. There is misogyny involved, and racism. Being a trans woman of color puts you very near the bottom of the tree, but it is a tree whose branches reach out and touch us all.
Now it so happens that today in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. That means we get to look at cis women who get killed. There are a lot more of them than trans women, so the numbers are much higher. I understand that in the past year 88 women in the UK have been killed by their male partners.
Violence against women. It happens. And violence against trans women is part of that.
Talking of which, Pink News reports that a trans woman was found dead in her home in Worthing just three days after TDOR. The police are treating it as murder.