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    Trans Women's Risk Of Murder By Stranger

    Most Americans have an extremely low risk of being murdered by a stranger. Someone like me -- middle class, white, elderly, female -- is probably more likely to die from a meteor hitting me on the head.

    But what if I were a trans woman?

    The statistics are startling.





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    Murdered American trans women do not run a higher risk of dying in a robbery than any other American women. These victims die in hate crime murders, with the most gruesome sadism. These are ordinary people, and they can be disabled, or mentally ill, or poor just like any other American. And each such burden puts that person at higher and higher risk of being murdered.

    Or assaulted.

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    Any stranger murder is understandably less likely to be solved, but if the victim is a trans woman, the odds that her killer will ever be arrested are abysmal.

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    The FBI does not adequately track murders of trans women.

    According to the hate crime statistics released by the FBI last November for the 2014 calendar year, there were only 109 gender-identity motivated hate crimes, of which only 23 fit into the FBI’s violent crime category. However, the FBI’s hate crime numbers are thought to be considerably lower than the actual number of offenses. This is because the statistics are voluntarily submitted by law enforcement agencies, many of which reported zero hate crimes in 2014. The Human Rights Campaign even identified crimes that should have been considered hate crimes but were not appropriately reported. In fact, the FBI’s 2014 statistics indicate that of the 4,048 total hate crimes classified as “crimes against persons,” only four were murders, and that includes all potential bias motivations, not just gender identity.

    While each jurisdiction has its own reasons for the differing data submissions to the FBI, problems with the statistics could be due to the fact that these crimes may look like accidents. Also, murders aren’t typically considered hate crimes when they are committed by a family member, friend, or partner. Police may also have trouble identifying victims as transgender in the first place, making it harder for data to be accurately gathered–many of the victims identified by the Human Rights Campaign weren’t identified as transgender by the police or media. For these reasons, among others, these murders aren’t being thought of or investigated as hate crimes and are not being reported to the FBI as such.

    There is little that the FBI can do about this–it relies entirely on information provided by law enforcement across the country. So it doesn’t matter how many protests take place–as long as law enforcement doesn’t consider these murders to be hate crimes, they will not be included in the FBI’s statistical reports. However, this also provides a glimmer of hope for the trans and LGBTQ community at large. The number of crimes that are classified as hate crimes is getting larger each year, including the number of hate crimes motivated by a person’s gender identity. In fact, 2014’s number is triple the amount of reported hate crimes motivated by gender identity in 2013. The rate of murders against transgender people may not change that much from year-to-year, instead, they may be getting reported more regularly. Therefore, there is hope that the statistics that the FBI releases may be much closer to accurate in the future.
    The Transgender Murder Crisis: Why Were There So Many Killings in 2015? - Law Street (TM)

    Consequentially, the real scope of the murder risk trans women face in America can only be guesstimated.
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    However, the GLBT community has done work of its own. This murder rate -- not of all GLBT people, but specifically of trans people -- is so terrible, they have organized a National Transgender Day of Remembrance.

    What Does Transgender Day of Remembrance Mean to the Trans Community?
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    So, the willingness of businesses and our government to "allow" trans women to use public ladies' rooms is a matter of life and death to these people. It is a highly effective way to increase their safety, and equally important, it is an open policy decision that their lives are as valuable as those of any other Americans. Trans women cannot safely use public mens' rooms.

    The "bathroom wars" on trans women are not mere performance art for "Christian" fundies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    So, the willingness of businesses and our government to "allow" trans women to use public ladies' rooms is a matter of life and death to these people. It is a highly effective way to increase their safety, and equally important, it is an open policy decision that their lives are as valuable as those of any other Americans. Trans women cannot safely use public mens' rooms.

    The "bathroom wars" on trans women are not mere performance art for "Christian" fundies.

    Confess i didn't read all the links.

    But what percentage of these murders occurred in public men's restrooms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Confess i didn't read all the links.

    But what percentage of these murders occurred in public men's restrooms?
    IDK, but think about it. A confined space, where the victim is compelled to undress? It certainly has to be viewed as a VERY dangerous place to be. Just like any other such space. An elderly, disabled trans lady here in Cleveland was murdered last year in an assisted living facility, at night, and her killer has never been caught. Almost certainly an intruder, and a stranger to her. Beaten to death.

    http://planettransgender.com/disable...d-living-home/

    I could answer your question IF the FBI collected the data, but they do not.
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    I've tried to bring the question here before but with out success.. and it's shameful that a country like America turns it's back on these murders time and time again...
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    Wow, Madeline. I had no idea that was so bad, and to relate it to these disgusting bathroom bills and "debates" really hit home. That is so sad, and actually really scary stuff.
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