Eli Ridder | Report
Humber College’s LGBTQ+ Resource Centre marked the Trans Day of Remembrance at North Campus on Tuesday in an open event to memorialize the many who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence.
Students and staff in attendance honoured the victims’ memory with a moment of silence in the LRC Concourse before continuing at the resource centre in their queer discussion group, QTALK, reported Humber Today.
According to a study marking the annual remembrance day, Transgender Europe found that there has been 369 murders of trans and gender-diverse people worldwide between Oct. 1 of last year to Sept. 30, 2018.
The killings are a substantial increase from 44 killings the year previous and 74 reports in the 2016 update, with the majority of murders from Brazil at 167, Mexico at 71 and the United States at 28.
However, the total worldwide number is likely much higher, because data isn’t available in many countries, including swathes of Asia, most of Africa and a majority of eastern Europe.
Statistics Canada does not release information on the rates of murder, violence, poverty, or homeless in regards to transgender Canadians, and violence targeting trans people are not officially considered hate crimes.
There was one Canadian death in the 2017 Transgender Europe report on Sept. 18 of last year when Sisi Thibert, age 26, was stabbed outside of her apartment and died within the following hours at the hospital.
The 2018 report will be released this December, and it is then when specific cases will be released. It is unknown at this time how many Canadian deaths have been recorded.
Image of the event from Humber Today.