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I have a message for the Tories: Stop putting us in danger

I have a message for the Tories: Stop putting us in danger  

While I have no answers for the reasons behind her decision, I believe that if we lived in a society where it was easier for trans people to be themselves and to get the support we need, she might still be here.

Chrissi offered so many people advice and support, and was a part of a group of people who ran a Tumblr page online that gave transgender people advice about their transition. As a friend, she was also always there for me when I needed her. 

She is sorely missed as a dear friend and an important member of our community.

That’s who I’ll be thinking of today on Transgender Day of Remembrance – among the many other trans people we’ve lost.

According to figures released last week from the Trans Murder Monitoring Project by Transgender Europe, 320 trans and gender diverse people were reported murdered globally between 1 October 2022 and 30 September 2023.

Notably, about 94% of them were trans women or trans feminine people, and the group with the highest number of murder victims were people between the ages of 19 to 25 years old.

Seeing these numbers always makes me reflect on how fortunate I am in my life, but that relief comes with fear. Fear that myself or any of my friends could one day be among those numbers. 

Behind every single one is a person with a story, whose life was taken away from them simply because they were living their truth as themselves.

It makes me despair that we haven’t come further than this.

One prominent killing in the UK this year was a 16-year-old girl from Warrington, England. Two teenagers, both 15 at the time, have since pleaded not guilty to the murder, and are due to stand trial later this month.

The death sent shockwaves through the community, as well as being devastating for her family. To see such a young and vibrant person be killed is heart-breaking.

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