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Murdered and Mourned: Mexico Grapples with Surge in Transgender Slayings

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In the first two weeks of 2024, at least three transgender individuals were killed in Mexico, with two additional cases under investigation.

The deaths have sparked outrage and protests, leading to calls for justice and more comprehensive hate crime laws.

Around 100 people marched chanting: “Samantha listen, we’re fighting for you” and carrying signs reading “your hate speech kills.”

Another group of protesters spray painted the words “trans lives matter” on the walls of Mexico’s National Palace.

LGBTQ+ individuals in Mexico regularly face violence, with over 500 targeted killings documented in the past six years.

The recent violence has been linked to comments made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and activists fear that these cases may go unsolved due to corruption and dysfunction within the government.

Paulina Carrazco said it felt like “the violence was knocking on our front door.”

“We are scared, but with that fear we’re going to keep fighting,” Carrazco said. “We’re going to do everything in our power so the next generations won’t have to live in fear.”

55-year-old Xomalia Ramírez said, “If I want to work, I have to disguise myself as a man. If I don’t, I won’t eat.”

“These comments by the president have created transphobia and resulted in hate crimes against the trans community,” Ramírez added.

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