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Tillerson Says Transgender People Should Not Be Discriminated Against

Tillerson Says Transgender People Should Not Be Discriminated Against

The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose life and unsolved murder on November 28 1998 was paid tribute to at a small San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999, and which has since snowballed into similar events across the world.

Between 2013 and 2017, the states with the highest number of transgender deaths were California and Louisiana, at 10, the report also found; Texas had 9 deaths, and OH had 8.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, celebrated on November 20, is an worldwide day to spotlight the number of murders of transgender people and to break the sequence of violence and persecution.

Many deaths of trans and gender non-conforming people go unreported.

Sadly, 2017 has already seen at least 25 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means.

However, the trend across the years has still steadily increased since the start of the Trans Murder Monitoring in 2008, and 2017 remains one of the deadliest years on record.

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A similar report, published this year by LGBT+ group Stonewall, revealed that almost half of transgender children have attempted suicide.

Mermaids, a charity that supports trans and gender non-conforming children and their families has reported a significant increase in calls to their helpline over the past year.

'On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence, ' Tillerson wrote in a statement.

The current US National HIV/AIDS Strategy notes the need to stop violence against transgender women in order to address the prevalence of HIV among them. He's against killing transgender people.

"The legislation, all the anti-transgender rhetoric, absolutely plays into how big the target is that's on our backs", he states.Bruce says education is the best approach to greater understanding".