HRC mourns Diamond Kyree Sanders, black transgender woman killed in Cincinnati

HRC recorded 44 transgender and gender-abuse deaths in 2020, more than any other year since we started tracking this violence in 2013.

Diamond’s death is currently under investigation, according to the National Black Justice Coalition, and anyone with information can call the Cincinnati Police Department at 531-352-3542.

More than 10,000 hate crimes in the US involve one firearm each year, which is more than 28 per day. This emerges from a 2020 report by HRC, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Giffords Law Center and Equality Florida titled “Remembering and Honoring Pulse”: Anti-LGBTQ prejudice and guns live on countless LGBTQ people. “The report also notes a significant increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ people, particularly against transgender people. According to the 2017-2019 Transgender Homicide Tracker, three quarters of the confirmed murders of transgender people have a gun and nearly eight in ten murders of black trans women have a gun. Additionally, in 2019, proponents saw anti-LGBTQ hate group formation rise 43%.

At the state level, transgender and gender abuse people in Ohio are not specifically protected from discrimination in employment, housing, education, and in the public domain. Ohio also has no law specifically addressing hate or bias crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While the past few years have been marked by anti-LGBTQ attacks on many levels of government, there have been some gains in recent weeks that support and validate transgender people.

We need to make better demands of our elected officials and reject harmful anti-transgender laws at local, state and federal levels, while considering all possible ways to end this violence. It is clear that lethal violence disproportionately affects many colored transgender women, especially black transgender women. The intersections of racism, transphobia, sexism, biphobia and homophobia conspire to deprive them of the need to live and thrive. Therefore, we must all work together to promote acceptance, reject hatred and end stigma for everyone in the trans- and gender-violating community.

To work towards this goal and combat stigma against transgender and non-binary people, HRC partnered with WarnerMedia on a PSA campaign to raise their voices and stories. Find out more here and take a look at the PSAs.

In order to achieve greater accuracy and respect, HRC offers guidelines for journalists and others who report on transgender people. HRC, Media Matters and the Trans Journalists Association have also teamed up on an FAQ for reporters writing about anti-trans violence. For more information on HRC’s transgender justice system, please visit

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