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Anti-Trans Legislation Could Exacerbate Gun Violence Against Trans People | Opinion

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10,300 hate crimes in the U.S. involve a firearm. During the period between 2017 and 2021, guns were the most frequently used weapon in the murder of trans people—the majority of which were of Black trans women.

Anti-trans legislation and weak gun laws not only enable hate-fueled violence, they can also create mental health crises that put LGBTQ+ people at increased risk of suicide at a time where some state agencies are working to make suicide prevention resources less accessible to LGBTQ+ youth.We live in a country where extremists have near-unfettered access to deadly weapons—a country where hate-fueled gun violence is enabled by our politicians.

And because of this, we live in a country where members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and gender nonconforming people, have to live in fear every single day.This session, a tidal wave of more than 200 discriminatory bills have been introduced, and some recently passed, in statehouses nationwide—including in Iowa, South Dakota, Florida and several other states.

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