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  • Updated: January 16, 2024

Transgender killings spark outcry, calls for justice in Mexico

Transgender killings spark outcry, calls for justice in Mexi

Authorities in Mexico have reported a troubling rise in violence against transgender individuals, with at least three documented cases in the first two weeks of 2024.

Investigative efforts by rights groups indicate two additional incidents, highlighting a disturbing trend in a country where the LGBTQ+ community frequently faces targeted attacks.

The most recent incident occurred as transgender activist and politician Samantha Gómez Fonseca was fatally shot multiple times inside a car in the south of Mexico City.

The tragic event ignited outrage within the LGBTQ+ community, leading to a large protest in Mexico City's main throughway. Protesters demanded justice and more comprehensive laws addressing hate crimes.

Fonseca, the activist and politician killed originally intended to march alongside other activists to call for greater acceptance of transgender people in society. After her death, the march quickly turned into a call for justice and more comprehensive laws around hate crimes.

Gay and transgender populations are regularly attacked and killed in Mexico.

Over the past six years, the rights group Letra S has documented at least 513 targeted killings of LGBTQ+ people in Mexico.

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