November 20 marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day memorializes those transgenders who have been killed in violent hate crimes within the past 12 months according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
LGBT advocates consider violence against trangenders a national epidemic and incidents in Ohio are at the top of the list. Statistics show that most of the hate crime homicides in the U.S., about 67 percent were transgender women of color. Twenty eight year old Tiffany Edwards from Ohio was shot on June 26 by a man who picked her up in his car. Sanitation workers found her in the middle of the street on Thursday morning.
Tiffany was one of the few transgenders who had the support of her parents. This was a big step in the eyes of Laurene Jobs. Her mother told BuzzFeed News that she can’t believe that it really happened. “I always tried to teach Tiffany that just because we love and respect you doesn’t mean society always will.”
Ohio’s hate crime law is ambiguous. It is written against people due to race, religion and national origin, but it lacks laws for crimes targeting LGBT people, naming them hate crimes. Also, Ohio’s antidiscrimination law does not show coverage for sexual orientation or gender identity.
The issue presented in Ohio could also be found elsewhere. Advocates for LGBT say media coverage and law enforcement that blatantly disregards a transgender person allows the culture to treat them as invisible.