Transgender Violence Surges in Puerto Rico

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With the death of Samuel Edmund Damian Valentin, seven trans people have been killed Puerto Rico within the past year. LGBTQ+ activists like Pedro Julio Serrano are demanding that the government declare a state of emergency for gender violence and hate crimes. Additionally, the violence is the worst it has been in over a decade. In 2020, more trans people were murdered in the U.S. than in 2019.