As the World Watches
Anti-LGBT violence is everywhere. Even the most liberal and progressive countries are not free of isolated incidents of violence against non-cisgender heterosexuals. The LGBT community is specifically targeted for their “nonconventional” and alternative lifestyles, or simply for being who they are and loving who they love.
The recent shootings at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando drew international attention for the rise of homophobic violence in America as the shooter specifically targeted the gay community who had come to the club for Latin night. In the wake of the tragic event, much-needed attention was given to the crisis of violence facing our country and world at the moment, and more specifically to the fact that the LGBT community is widely persecuted, even in 2016.
Within the LGBT community, however, violence can be even more specific. 2015 was a record-breaking year for documented violence against transgender people, with 22 reported trans murders in the United States alone.
But one country stands far above the rest when it comes to transphobic violence and murder, and, even as the crisis worsens, the nation is about to fall under the eyes of the whole world.
Ladies and gentlemen, bem-vindos to Brazil.
Trans Murder By the Numbers
As LGBT rights and specifically trans rights come ever more to the forefront of social issues and civil rights in today’s world, more horror stories of violence against them are also being reported and making headlines.
Trans Murder Monitoring is a project dedicated to mapping and thus representing each of these trans lives lost across the globe, complete with an interactive map of where these transphobic murders have taken place from 2008 to 2015.
The above image is a composite of the past 7 years, showing the prevalence of trans murders in the world, and one country, veiled in black, stands out among the rest: Brazil. Known for its majestic beaches, pristine rainforests, and renowned parties, Brazil is also considered by some to be the deadliest place in the world for LGBT people, and the crisis is only getting worse.
Mapping the Violence
“We live off this image as an open and tolerant place,” said Jandira Queiroz from Amnesty International Brazil. However, she admits, “Homophobic violence has hit crisis levels and it’s getting worse.”
Even though the country boasts the world’s biggest gay pride parade, it is also home to more than 40% of the world’s anti-LGBT violence and nearly half of all transgender murders, with 802 known trans murders having taken place between 2008 and 2015.
As the map above from Transrespect.org shows, Central and South American collectively make up 78% of the world’s trans murders.