The homicides of two black transgender women last week put mean 2020 is on course to have a higher toll than 2019. And FBI crime statistics for 2018 had sown a recoed toll of 27.
The deaths of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells in Philadelphia and Riah Milton in Liberty Township, Ohio, were the 13th and 14th of 2020.
They put the country on track to have its highest homicide toll so far for trans and gender non-confoming people. By far the victims have been Black women.
The Human Rights Campaign, the Trans People of Color Coalition and the FBI have all noted the rising trend, which led to at least a 26 killings in 2019.