PHILADELPHIA–On the occasion of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a statement to pay tribute to the lives lost of 26 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in the city in 2023. Division of HIV Health Director Dr. Kathleen Brady said, “We remember with solemnity the lives of these individuals whose existence was tragically cut short through violent means.”
The department is calling for greater awareness, understanding, and action to address the ongoing threats faced by the trans community. The statistics reveal that 88% of victims were people of color, with 54% identified as Black transgender women. This alarming trend underscores the need for comprehensive measures to curb gun violence and foster safe and supportive environments within interpersonal relationships.
Adding to the tragedy, 50% of victims were misgendered or deadnamed by authorities or the press, compounding the pain experienced by the trans community and their loved ones. It is imperative that we work collectively to rectify this injustice and ensure that every individual deserves dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity.
As we honor Transgender Day of Remembrance, let us renew our commitment to advocating for the rights, safety, and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Together, we must strive for a world where everyone can live free from discrimination, violence, and prejudice. The Health Department remains steadfast in its dedication to fostering a community that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and compassion, and we call on all citizens to join us in this crucial endeavor.