The Bad: For the third year running, all-time high for reported killings of transgender people in the U.S.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, 28 transgender people have been reported killed in the United States so far this year, making it the deadliest on record. Most of these killings were classified as homicides, some were the result of officer-involved shootings, though so far none have been treated by law enforcement as hate crimes. The stories of their deaths are heartbreakingly hard to fathom: shootings, stabbings, burned remains and even a drowning. What's worse is that the number of killings this year may actually be much larger. Because transgender victims are often misgendered posthumously in local media reports, the toll could be much higher than 28 – but in the absence of expert estimates, there is currently no way of knowing exactly how high it might actually be. It remains important to confront the reality of this violence, the brunt of which affects transgender people of color. Until the cultural transphobia that sparks that violence begins to abate, we will continue to live in a country where transgender lives are perceived as disposable.