A Wikimedia Commons photo of a January 21, 2023 demonstration in London organized by transgender activists.

No, There’s No ‘Epidemic’ of Anti-Transgender Violence

 “‘Epidemic’ of Anti-Transgender Violence Highlighted in New Report,” read a November 2023 ABC News headline. According to the report’s publisher, a Washington, D.C.-based LGBT activist group called Human Rights Campaign (HRC), this “epidemic of violence against transgender and gender nonconforming people” is a “national tragedy and a national embarrassment.”

Just to be sure that we all got the epidemic memo, HRC stuck the E-word in the title of its report—Epidemic Of Violence. USA Today,The Hill, and NBC were among the media outlets that followed ABC in uncritically repeating this epidemic narrative.