Black, transgender individuals have long been targets of violence and discrimination. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), at least 27 transgender or gender-nonconforming people were killed in the U.S. in 2019. In that same year, the American Medical Association declared the killings of trans women of color an epidemic. 

Some were killed by acquaintances, while others' lives were taken at the hands of partners or strangers. Black transgender women in particular have been targeted by these heinous crimes, which have continued on into 2020. At least 15 transgender or gender-nonconforming people have already been killed in the first six months of the year, the HRC reported

The most recent trans women to be killed are Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells of Philadelphia, who were killed within 24 hours of each other earlier this month, USA Today reported

The fight for Black trans lives is a crucial component of the fight for Black liberation. To support Black trans lives, check out the following organizations and funds.