In support—and in honor of TDOR—PFLAG chapters across the country are sharing the names of the transgender and gender-expansive people in the United States whose lives were tragically taken by violence in 2019. As of November 20th, 29 transgender and gender-expansive people have been murdered, including one who was killed several years ago but was only identified this year.
PFLAG’s renewed commitment to transgender and gender-expansive people was recently announced in a new policy statement decrying the epidemic of violence and discrimination against transgender people, especially Black transgender women, and recommitting to taking significant action in support of the trans community. “We must fight for non-violence and non-discrimination, strive to create an inclusive society, and continuously advocate for trans people of color in every aspect of their lives (i.e. health, work, relationships and home). We must seek accountability for those who do harm against trans women of color due to transphobia, racism, and misogyny. Let us all boldly show our love and support and give more attention to the leadership, wellness, and livelihood of those most impacted by this epidemic. If you have genuine love for all human beings, then you believe that all lives are precious and deserve the right to thrive in the world free from ignorance and intolerance.” – Marilyn Willis, a member of the PFLAG National Board of Directors.
The PFLAG National Board of Directors policy statement on anti-transgender violence and discrimination can be found at pflag.org/policystatements.