Tillerson condemns violence against LGBT people on Transgender Day of Remembrance

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The statement concluded: 'On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons.

The 25 victims in 2017 identified in the report included three transgender women of color ― Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen and Jaquarrius Holland ― who were killed in Louisiana in the month of February.

Many deaths of trans and gender non-conforming people go unreported. This is an important year to acknowledge and participate in TDOR, in light of the record number of transgender people killed in the United States this year alone.

People of color have disproportionately been the victims of these attacks.

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A similar report, published this year by LGBT+ group Stonewall, revealed that almost half of transgender children have attempted suicide.

According to Josie Leavitt, Development Director at the Pride Center of Vermont, 30 transgender people have been murdered this year. A male transgender activist assaulted 60-year-old Maria MacLachlan while she was videotaping a protest at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park.

Across the State of South Dakota around the nation, today November 20, is a somber day to honor and remember those who died at the hands of violence, being a target due to their transgender Identity. "That's hearing from a transgender person what it means to be transgender, and giving people a broader understanding of all the variabilities in humanity" says Bruce.

While our young generation bring greater acceptance and hope, sadly though our helplines and community groups we still hear of young trans people who are, all too often, suffering from hate, discrimination and violence.