How bad is the epidemic of violence against transgender women? It’s hard to know.

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By German Lopez
October 20, 2015

At least 21 transgender women, most of them women of color, have been reportedly killed in the US this year. That number — 21 — may represent a bigger problem than you think: Since trans women of color make up a fraction of the population, LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter advocates are calling the deaths an “epidemic” of violence.

“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,” Alicia Garza, the co-creator of Black Lives Matter, told MSNBC. “And when we talk about black lives mattering, we have to make sure that we’re talking about all black lives.”

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