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Gun violence against the trans community has continued into the fall, after a number of deadly shootings over the summer. Most recently, Angel Unique, a Black trans woman, was shot and killed in what loved ones say was a hate-motivated killing in Memphis, Tennessee.
Angel is at least the 29th trans person and at least the 18th Black trans woman shot and killed nationwide this year, according to Everytown research accessible through EveryStat. Her death is part of a tragic pattern of violence against the trans community in the United States:
Hate crimes motivated by bias against LGBTQ people make up one in five hate crimes. Read more about the state and federal policy solutions that can prevent this violence here. Download Everytown’s data on transgender homicides here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs