2016 was the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, with 27 homicides reported, most of the victims being women of color. Three months into 2017, eight trans people have been reported murdered in the U.S. The actual number killed in any given year is likely much higher, as often the media and police misgender victims, or their deaths are not reported at all.
Find out about the people behind this year's statistics on this and the following pages, and remember you can help stem this epidemic of violence by getting involved with trans rights groups and antiviolence organizations.
Above: Mesha Caldwell was found shot to death January 4 along a rural road near Canton, Miss. Caldwell, 41, was a hairstylist and makeup artist in Canton and was well-liked in the community. “I think people will miss her style, her personality,” friend Keith Dupree told a Jackson TV station. “She won many hair battles, and she hosted competitions in Canton for the young people, so she will be missed greatly.” Friends believe she may have been targeted for being transgender, but police did not comment on a motive.