Advocacy groups: Killings of transgender people increase

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Advocacy groups say at least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record.

The Human Rights Campaign in a report released Friday calculated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. over the past five years _ including 25 this year. Its report was issued ahead of Monday’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observations commemorating the hundreds of transgender people killed worldwide each year.

Another monitoring group, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, has tallied 26 homicides of transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. so far this year.

The groups have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.

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