In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued a statement expressing their solemn reflection on the lives of 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the city whose existence was tragically cut short through violent means in 2023.
The heartbreaking statistics revealed that 73% of the victims lost their lives to gun violence, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive measures to curb the proliferation of firearms. Equally concerning was the fact that 47% of victims with a known assailant were killed by a romantic/sexual partner, friend, or family member. This underscores the critical importance of fostering safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
Adding to the tragedy, 50% of the victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press, compounding the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones. It is imperative that we work collectively to rectify this injustice and ensure that every individual deserves dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity.
As we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, let us renew our commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Together, we must strive for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice. The Health Department remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and compassion, and we call on all citizens to join us in this crucial endeavor.