Scotland has marked International Transgender Day of Remembrance in a year when 331 trans people were murdered around the world.
Statistics from the Trans Murder Monitoring project reveal almost two-thirds of the killings happened in South America, with 130 in Brazil and 63 in Mexico. 31 trans people were killed in the United States and 9 in Europe, including one in the UK, Amy Griffiths from Worcester.
In the decade since the monitoring of transgender deaths started, 3,314 trans people have been killed worldwide and 61% were sex workers (where occupation was known). The statistics are shocking to read and come amidst ongoing attacks on the right of transgender and non-binary people to live with dignity and respect here in Scotland.
Political parties here put aside their differences during this election to unveil a joint statement today, calling for more awareness of the abuse being faced by trans people, especially on social media, and more work to make discrimination a thing of the past, saying:
“For many trans people, it has felt as though the very foundations of their daily lives are being pulled from underneath their feet.”
“With more than one in four trans young people having attempted suicide, and 89% of trans young people thinking about doing so, we stand at a crisis point. It is incumbent on all of us, regardless of political affiliation, to make Scotland a country where transphobia, fear of intimidation and abuse is a thing of the past.”
Meanwhile in Edinburgh the Scottish Government raised the transgender flag as a mark of respect for those lost around the world (video credit – Scottish Trans Alliance).
Tonight a multi-agency TDOR vigil will be held outside the Scottish Parliament at 6pm.
The names of those killed in the past 12 months are available to read in this document.