Date of Award


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies

First Advisor

Victoria E. Collins


Proposed discriminatory legislation in the hundreds has resulted in a renewed look at trans communities, both of support and vitriol. Just as new legislation has been proposed in recent years at a rate that is higher than ever before, so has the reported rate of murder of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, seemingly at a similar rate with hate fueled rhetoric and legislation. This general observation was the driving force behind this study; to determine whether or not anti-trans legislation in particular coincided with the rate of murder of trans and gender non-conforming people. The study at hand examined the murders of trans people in the US between 2015 and 2022, alongside anti-trans legislation that occurred in that timespan, political majority of state governments at the time of the murders, all while utilizing intersectional frameworks so as not to discount the variability of the trans experience and potential role that intersectionality may play in terms of victimization. The data collected was analyzed through a series of bivariate correlations to further understand the sociopolitical and interpersonal variables surrounding the victims of homicide. This study gives a deeper understanding of not only trans victimization but also the fatal, sociopolitical impacts of discriminatory legislation and rhetoric.

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Criminology Commons