Cathy Brennan, contributor to the Radfem2013 conference, has sunk to yet a new low. She is now trying to exploit the death of our sisters (Transgender Day of Remembrance – TDOR) to further her justification of transphobia. She wants us all to believe that it isn’t transphobia that kills us, it is male violence. While it is true that the majority of murderers are male, transphobia is the cause of the high death rate. I think we all know that TERFs are not likely to gun us down but their agenda that is filled with hate for transgender folks, mostly trans women, helps perpetuate violence against us. Transphobia is not okay and it really does kill.
Homicide Trends in the United States, 1980-2008
Annual Rates for 2009 and 2010
Males 8.5 per 100,000
Females 2.3 per 100,000
When you look at these numbers and then look at the current murder rate for trans women you will quickly see that it isn’t “male violence” that is the problem but it is specifically related to a woman being trans.
Trans women 1 in 12
Trans women of color 1 in 8
* The homicide victimization rate for both males and females was at its highest in 1980X16.1 homicides per 100,000 for males and 4.5 homicides per 100,000 for females. By 2008, the rates for both groups had fallen, reaching 8.5 homicides per 100,000 for males and 2.3 homicides per 100,000 for females.