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Quick hit: Trans Respect vs. Transphobia

March 18, 2010

(via): The Trans Murder Monitoring Project (TMM) has now launched its official website, Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide. In their March 17th press release, TMM reports tragic numbers in terms of transphobia and violence. There were 333 cases of reported murders of trans people in the last 2 years, and number of reports of murdered trans people is increasing. Here is a map of the data they found:

You’ll notice that all the areas in white have no data. And of course, the statistics suffer from underreporting of violence against trans people globally. But that’s why this project is so important; recognizing and understanding the breadth of violence against the trans community is vital to addressing the issue on a large scale. It’s also vital for those dedicated to sexual violence prevention to recognize how this same culture of violence, misogyny and devaluing of femininity contributes to violence against trans people. We need to step outside the male perpetrator/female victim trope to address the range of people affected by sexual violence and the different forms it takes.

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