At least 20 transgender women have been killed this year. Last year it was 14 and the year before that, 12. Those numbers just account for the cases that were reported and investigated. Nine of the 20 this year have been homicides, and yet the media is doing very little in it's power to bring the accusers to justice. We need powerful public awareness and respect campaigns, more people speaking out against this violence, more protections in place, particularly for transgender women of color, from harassment and discrimination. It’s difficult to say whether the rising number of trans women being murdered represents an actual spike in killings or whether they are the result of more awareness and documentation. Society is finally starting to pay attention to the trans community and the issues we face, but these transphobic acts of violence need to end.
The organizations listed below are in place to help change the issues our community faces, and advance the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender non-confirming individuals.
GLAAD - GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. GLAAD works with print, broadcast and online news sources to bring people powerful stories from the LGBT community that build support for equality. And when news outlets get it wrong, GLAAD is there to respond and advocate for fairness and accuracy. GLAAD serves as the communications epicenter of the LGBT movement, equipping advocacy leaders with the tools they need to communicate more effectively. GLAAD is also reinventing the way social media moves equality forward. To read GLAAD's tips for allies of transgender people, click here.
Transgender Law Center - Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. They envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
NCLRights - NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues. NCLR serves more than 5,000 LGBT people and their families throughout the United States each year, including LGBT parents, seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth.
Feministing - Feministing is an online community run by and for young feminists. For over a decade, they have been offering sharp, uncompromising feminist analysis of everything from pop culture to politics and inspiring young people to make real-world feminist change, online and off.
Sylvia River Law Project - The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, they seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. They believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, SRLP must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
Sex Workers Outreach Project - Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. SWOP, at its most basic, is an anti-violence campaign. As a multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, they address locally and nationally the violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status.
The Trevor Project - Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.