Philadelphia Department of Public Health Issues Statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance. The statement reflects on the lives of at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in Philadelphia who were tragically cut short through violent means in 2023. Dr. Kathleen Brady, Division of HIV Health Director, made the announcement.
Dr. Brady emphasized the importance of acknowledging this day and standing together with both sadness and anger to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community. She stated that 88% of the victims were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women, which highlights an alarming trend that requires urgent action to address it.
The statistics also reveal that 73% of victims lost their lives to gun violence, making it clear that comprehensive measures need to be taken to curb the proliferation of firearms. Furthermore, 47% of victims with a known assailant were killed by a romantic/sexual partner, friend or family member, underscoring the critical importance of fostering safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
Another issue highlighted is misgendering or deadnaming by authorities or press which compounds the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones. It is crucial that we work collectively to rectify this injustice and ensure everyone’s dignity and respect regardless of their gender identity.
The department called on all citizens to join them in advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals while striving for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice.