November 20th marks Transgender Day of Remembrance. TDOR memorializes transgender persons who have died due to hate crimes and other types of prejudice.
Tampa-local, India Clarke, 22, was murdered in July of 2015. This case got national attention as the Tampa police department continually misgendered her in interviews about the crime. This issue was later corrected in the media. Clarke’s murderer also turned himself in.
Memorial events for all 2015 victims will be held in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. You will find details for those events as well as other memorials across Florida by clicking here. Go to this site to find TDOR events across the U,S/ and the globe.
SWOP stands in solidarity with this day, as so many transgender people have historically been killed in crimes related to sex work–whether actively working as sex workers or simply being profiled as such.
Stats from SWOP USA website:
12 trans women who engaged in sex work were murdered in United States in 2015 and comprised 29% of all U.S. sex worker homicide victims. 10 of these trans women were black. One was Latina. 10 were 35 or younger, and 50% were 25 or younger.
23% of 2012 GLBT homicides in the United States were connected to sex work, continuing a trend from 2011 and 2010 where 22% and 18% of homicides were connected to sex work.
4 in 5 trans women in D.C. have been verbally, physically or sexually assaulted. 44% of D.C. trans women were denied a job they were qualified for, 45% were discriminated against at work, and 41% have worked in the sex industry.
40 percent of transgender inmates in the United States reported sexual victimization compared to 4 percent of all inmates. Nearly one in six transgender people (16%) (including 21% of transgender women) have been incarcerated at some point, and 47% of black transgender people have been incarcerated.
Transgender people engage in sex work at a rate ten times that of cisgender women, and 13% of transgender people who experience family rejection have done sex work.
Black (53%) and Latino/a (34%) trans women have extremely high rates of underground work, likely related in part to structural exclusion from educational systems and dramatically higher rates of employment discrimination.
Read more here.