“A lot of transwomen have gone back to presenting as male, as a form of protection’, Channyn Lynn Parker, the intake coordinator at Chicago House’s Trans Life Center (TLC) told me recently. ‘And that within itself is causing mental health concerns, a lot of depression, some suicide ideation – things like that.’
Transgender people already often live in fear: fear of being outed against their will, of being hurt by strangers or people they love because of their identity, even of just never being accepted. But many transwomen now believe that they have more to fear than ever: this year looks to possibly be one of the most violent on record towards transgender women in North America, as there are already eight confirmed homicides of transgender women – a majority identifying as women of color – and it’s only March.
At places like TLC, which offers support to transgender people of Chicago, employees are concerned about the impact this violence is having.”