Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is an event that began eight years ago in San Francisco and has since spread to many cities around the world. It asks us to spend a few moments remembering those people who have been killed because their gender expression was somehow different from other people’s social norms. This is, of course, not an issue that many people are aware of, so here are a few brief numbers:
- In the USA transgendered people have roughly a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered, as compared to 1 in 18,000 for the general population (HRC)
- A UK survey of almost 900 transgendered people found that more than a third had attempted suicide at least once (PFC)
There’s not a lot you can say after numbers like that.