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Nino Fortson Is At Least the Tenth Trans Person Killed Nationwide This Year; Sixth Killed by Gun Violence
2017 Was the Deadliest Year on Record for Transgender People in the U.S. With at Least 28 Killed Nationwide, 20 of Whom Were Shot and Killed; Two Were Trans Men and 24 Were Trans Women of Color
ATLANTA – The Georgia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement in response to the shooting death of a transgender man in Atlanta. According to reports, Nino Fortson – who was initially misgendered by media – was shot multiple times and killed Sunday morning.
There have been at least 10 transgender people killed nationwide this year; with six being killed by gun violence. 2017 was the deadliest year on record for the transgender community in the United States, with at least 28 trans homicides. 20 trans people were killed with a gun last year, 17 of those shot and killed were trans women of color.
STATEMENT FROM PAGE RAST, VOLUNTEER WITH THE GEORGIA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Our hearts go out to Nino’s family and friends and the LGBTQI community in Georgia. Everyone deserves to live their lives free from the threat of gun violence. Unfortunately, far too often gun violence disproportionately affects marginalized communities, especially Black trans men and women. We must do more to prevent gun violence for everyone and all communities – enough is enough.”
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