'Melissa Harris-Perry Show' focuses on violence against trans women of color

On Sunday, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show's guest hosts, Janet Mock and Richard Liu, drew focus to the extreme violence facing transgender women of color. Mock and Liu were joined by #BlackLivesMatter co-creator Alicia Garza, NBC BLK contributor Danielle Moodie-Mills, and ACLU attorney Chase Strangio for a discussion centered on the 11 transgender women who have been reported murdered in 2015 in the Uunited States. Twelve transgender women were reported murdered in the U.S. in 2014, all but one of whom were women of color. These numbers do not account for deaths that were not reported on or were reported inaccurately.

Mock began by reading the names of the 11 known trans women murder victims aloud, noting that two of the women, India Clarke and K.C. Haggard, were both murdered within the past week. Mock asked Garza about the connection between #BlackLivesMatter and the violence facing transgender women of color. Garza spoke about pushing to center Black trans women's experiences within the movement, saying, "What we're seeing here is that not only is there an epidemic of violence against Black bodies, but certainly, within Black communities, there is an incredible epidemic of violence against Black trans bodies. And when we talk about Black lives mattering, we have to make sure that we're talking about all Black lives."

Asked by Liu about what can be done policy-wise to address this violence, Strangio said, "I think just as an initial matter, as we conceptualize what this violence means, we have to think about it both in terms of violence perpetrated by individuals, but also the systemic violence perpetrated by the state that makes it so that Black trans women in particular have a limited life expectancy that subjects them premature death."

Moving the discussion from legal change to culture change, Mock asked Moodie-Mills about the media's coverage of the issues facing trans women of color. Moodie-Mills noted, "The first issue is that we need to stop mis-gendering people in the media." Moodie-Mills also highlighted GLAAD's Media Reference Guide, which specifically covers reporting on stories involving transgender people and communities. GLAAD works to ensure that transgender people who are victims of crime are reported on accurately by media, and we have created an additional guide for journalists covering these stories.

You can read more about each of the 11 trans women murdered this year in this story from Advocate.com.

 Watch the full segment form The Melissa Harris-Perry Show below or at MSNBC.com.

'Melissa Harris-Perry Show' focuses on violence against trans women of color | GLAAD

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