already record total to 55.Black trans woman Keeva Scatter, 34, was shot to death in Baton Rouge, La., October 15, TransGriot reports.
Her body was found just a block away from her home. Local media deadnamed and misgendered her at the time. Little other information is available.“Although little is known publicly about Keeva Scatter, we will make sure to honor her memory,” Tori Cooper, the Human Rights Campaign’s director of community engagement for its Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a press release. “The epidemic of violence against transgender and gender-nonconforming people stole over 50 lives in 2021, and those are just the stories that we know of.
The majority of cases were like Keeva’s, Black trans women, often victims of gun violence. We must work to create a society where Black trans lives are valued and are not cut short.”The previous record for violent deaths of trans Americans was 44, set in 2020.