NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (EFE) .- Organizations and civil rights activists this Saturday commemorated the 46 transgender people killed so far this year in various cities across the United States. Country.
“Everything is related to this misogyny, this violence, this arrogance. We live in a country where people can buy weapons like candy,” Liaam Winslet, director of the Transgrediendo Intercultural Collective, told Efe. New York neighborhood of Queens on the eve of International Transgender Memorial Day.
Winslet emphasizes that most murders are recorded in conservative states, and that the victims are “mostly black women, sex workers and transgender people living in poverty.”
Liam Winslet, an association dedicated to supporting transgender people, also denounces that “most of the time, as in previous years, cases go unpunished.”
Half a dozen events in New York today commemorate victims of transphobic violence and demand recognition of their civil rights.
The Mac the Road Association, which participates in the operation, condemned the fact that in many cases it was not adequately reported because the authorities recorded the gender incorrectly, and pointed out that in most cases the victims were black and Latin transgender.
For its part, the Human Rights Campaign Organization (HRC), which monitors violence against the group, reported that 47 transgender people were killed in 2021, which became the most violent at that time, compared to the 44 deaths recorded in 2020. Against this group.
The last transgender woman to be killed in the United States, according to the association, was Angel Naira, a 36-year-old domestic health worker who was shot and killed on November 11 at her home in Alikipa, Pennsylvania.
“Some of these cases involve clear transgender bias. In others, the victim’s transgender or gender incompatibility may have exposed her to other risks, such as unemployment, poverty, homelessness and / or forced sex work.”
Local personalities, such as New York’s Attorney General Letidia James, have demonstrated their solidarity with the group by insisting that “trance rights are human rights.”
Several events were called for this Saturday, including a community meeting in the Latin market La Cocina municipality in San Francisco, California, the center of the LGBTI rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
In Chicago, local activists organized an awareness and community lunch in memory of five disabled and black women aged 24 to 28 who were killed in that city last year.
Events and awareness programs were held at community centers and churches in the capital, Washington, and nearby Baltimore, Maryland, and across the country, from Grand Rapids in Michigan to Lubbock in Texas.
US President Joe Biden released a statement on Saturday commemorating the victims, with the first awareness campaign being held at the White House on Friday for transgender and non-binary people killed in the United States and around the world.
Doug Mhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, lit 46 candles representing transgender people killed this year in the United States, and the White House said Saturday that it has lit one more candle to commemorate those killed around the world. EFE
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