The lives of trans people continue to be lost at an alarming rate each year despite efforts by advocacy groups to raise awareness and provide protection to those in need.

The deaths of Riah Milton in Liberty Township, Ohio, and Dominique Fells in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, galvanized protests in June that began over the killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd

In 2020, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reported that at least 17 transgender or gender-nonconforming people were fatally shot or killed but that this number is considered a vast undercount because so much of the violence perpetrated against trans people goes unreported. 

According to the HRC, Black trans women are the most at risk, representing 91% of the reported murders of trans and gender-nonconforming people in 2019. More than 80% of victims were under the age of 30.

People have come out across the globe to protest for Black trans lives, and activists have urged supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement to speak out for Black trans people who are being killed both by white people and their own community.


During Pride Month, at least three Black trans women were killed, and there were many other instances of violence instigated against trans people. Here are a few of the trans lives lost during Pride Month.