This joint statement was developed by TGEU in collaboration with GATE, ILGA World, APTN, IGLYO, and ESWA on the Trans Day of Remembrance. Your organisation can support this statement: fill in the form.
Each year, on 20 November, trans and gender-diverse people gather as a community to mourn our lost siblings. Despite increased awareness of the issues facing our communities, the violence that forms so much a part of many of our daily lives has not significantly reduced.
The rise of the anti-gender and anti-rights movements has seen a stark increase in discrimination towards trans and gender-diverse people in particular. The deaths that we mourn come about as a result of multiple intersecting issues: lack of hate crime legislation, or the failure to uphold such laws; lack of access to adequate basic healthcare, housing and job opportunities due to refusal, discrimination or financial barriers; and overall structural discrimination that enables societal neglect, abuse and harm towards trans and gender diverse people across the globe.
The data collected in the Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) project reflects only reported murders over 12 months from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2023. It does not reflect the additional number of deaths that occurred due to lack of healthcare access, suicide, drug overdose, unreported murders, disproportionate exposure to HIV and STIs, or violence that resulted indirectly in death.
This is a day of tremendous grief. We have been commemorating Trans Day of Remembrance since 1999, when we united in grief to remember Rita Hester, a black trans woman who had been murdered. Despite our best efforts, 24 years later, the violence not only continues but has become intricately linked to global anti-rights efforts that are encouraging the eradication of trans and gender-diverse people.
This year, the data highlights 320 reported murders of trans and gender-diverse people that occurred globally between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023. We mourn and remember the names of our lost siblings.
This data does not exist in a vacuum, nor is it possible to separate it from the intersecting violence faced by sex workers, people from a migrant or refugee background, Black and People of Color, D/deaf and disabled people, people who use drugs, and people without safe housing.
Trans Murder Monitoring 2023 data shows that:
This year, we call on activists, policymakers, lawmakers, and donors to listen to our community and take urgent action to protect the lives of trans and gender-diverse people. It is our shared responsibility to create a world that protects trans lives.
Pay attention to the data that shows the risk of regular violence and murder faced by trans people, particularly those with intersectional identities. Use this knowledge to design laws and policies that explicitly protect trans people and all the intersecting communities that we may be part of.
As we confront the growing challenges posed by the anti-gender and anti-rights movements to trans and gender-diverse organising, we call upon donors to play a pivotal role in ensuring our movement sustains and thrives. In times when funding priorities among donors and government are evolving, and opportunities are shrinking, your support is critical.
Join us as we remember and honour our siblings. We come together to support one another and demand a world that values and protects trans and gender-diverse lives in all our diversities.
In honour of those we lost too soon, show your support for our communities by implementing the calls to action, publicly supporting the lives and rights of trans and gender-diverse people, and signing and sharing this statement.
The signatories of this Statement (listed below) are organisations representing trans and gender-diverse people at the national, regional, and international levels.