At least 30 trans people have been killed in 2020.

2020 has seen a huge spike in violent transgender deaths, most of whom have been Black trans women. This year surpassed last year's total sometime around the beginning of July, and it just keeps climbing. Here are the last several years' totals:

2015: 21
2016: 21
2017: 25
2018: 22
2019: 27
2020: at least 30 to date
(source: Human Rights Campaign)

What's worse is that the police don't take it seriously. Often times, deaths are ruled as suicides despite clear evidence to the contrary, and perpetrators of violence against trans people are often not charged or pled down to meaningless charges. This is why the number can't be determined with any certainty.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Trans rights are human rights. Black trans lives matter. Saying otherwise-- on social media, in the press, in a novel-- is hate. Plain and simple.