Gloria Greaves (1932 – 2015) Transitioned 1964. Sex worker sent to women’s prison for a crime that only a man can commit.
Jan Morris (1926 – 2020) journalist and travel writer. Author of one of the first trans autobiographies.
Little Richard/Richard Wayne Penniman (1932 – 2020) colourful androgynous rock singer who started out as a drag queen, and continued to blur the gender expression boundaries.
Richard Green (1936 - 2019) Academic and administrator who worked at Johns Hopkins, ULCA and Charing Cross gender identity clinics, and who did help many trans persons, but whose reputation is seriously sullied by participation in the Sissy Boy Project, his defence of Blanchardians and lack of defence of Russell Reid.
Genesis P Orridge (1950 – 2020) musician and magickian. Played with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV – over 200 albums. Died of chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia.
David Carter (1953 – 2020) gay historian, author of best book on Stonewall, in which he removed Sylvia Rivera from that history without even a footnote. Died of a heart attack.
Aimee Stephens (1960 – 2020) Funeral director fired for being trans. Her case led to US Supreme Court ruling that 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and trans from discrimination. Died from complications related to kidney failure.
Lorena Borjas (1961 – 2020) Latinx in Queens, NY. Helped other trans women contend with human trafficking, health issues and possible deportation. COVID casualty.
M Sangeetha (1961 – 2020) a revered elder in the trans community in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu had hired a young man R Rajesh to work in her restaurant, Covai Trans Kitchen. He killed her when she intended to call the police after a sexual assault.
Monica Roberts (1962 - 2020) Blogger, as TransGriot since 2006, after illness.
Kimberly Fial (1965 – 2020) volunteer at Baptist homeless shelter, San Jose, California, when a knifeman rushed in, killed two, injured three.
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien (1978 – 2020), Massachusetts, founder of the Miss Trans America Beauty Pageant, murdered by her husband.
Mickerlange François (? – 2020) a policeman in Haiti in a conflict over a woman.
Gul Panra (? – 2020) activist in Islamabad. Shot dead while returning home from a wedding performance by man who also wounded her companion, and raped a cis woman. The miscreant arrested four days later based on forensic evidence.
Valentina Ferrety (? – 2020) activist, coordinator of the first Pride March in the city of Salamanca and organizer of correction of data on the birth certificates. Coordinator of the Mexican Network of Trans Women of the State of Guanajuato. Murdered.
Madona Kiparoidze (? – 2020) set herself on fire at the Tbilisi City Hall Thursday evening protesting Georgia’s negligence towards the transgender community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maya Haddad (1997- 2020) Israeli model and activist, who had disowned by her family after coming out at age 15. She represented Israel in the Miss Trans International Beauty Pageant, 2019. She died byt her own hand.
Jiratchaya Kampoon (1998 – 2020) paid 35,000 baht for silicone gel-filled breast implants at an unlicensed clinic and died on the operating table. Lampang, Thailand.
Murders in the 12 months up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transrespect.
There were 350 recorded deaths this last year – plus many more nor reported, especially in countries were transgender is not recognized. This is slight increase on the 331 reported in 2019.
As usual the most murders were recorded in Brazil (152), Mexico (57), the United States (28), and Colombia (21).