Activists rally in support of transgender people at New York City Hall in 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dustin Parker, a 25-year-old transgender man fatally shot at work in McAlester, Oklahoma on New Year's Day, is believed to be the first transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2020 to be violently killed, according to the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

The big picture: Transgender people, as part of the LGBTQ+ community, have faced multiple legal challenges from the Trump administration to weaken protections against workplace and health care discrimination.

Background: The American Medical Association called 2019's surge of transgender murders an "epidemic" last September. The HRC found that at least 25 transgender and gender non-conforming people were fatally shot or violently killed in 2019.

  • At least 22 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, per the HRC, and at least 25 in 2017. At least 21 were killed in 2016 and 2015.

What they're saying:

“Dustin was a steadfast friend, an amazing husband and father and generous to a fault. He loved fiercely, worked tirelessly and took on life with so much hope and enthusiasm that his presence brightened all of our lives.”
— Dustin Parker’s employer, Rover Taxi, in a statement, per HRC

Go deeper: Trump administration argues civil rights law doesn't cover LGBTQ workers

Go deeper

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 11,304,534 — Total deaths: 531,659 — Total recoveries — 6,111,195Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 2,841,124 — Total deaths: 129,689 — Total recoveries: 894,325 — Total tested: 34,858,427Map.
  3. States: Photos of America's pandemic July 4 ICU beds in Arizona hot spot near capacity.
  4. Public health: U.S. coronavirus infections hit record highs for 3 straight days.
  5. Politics: Trump extends PPP application deadlineNew Jersey gov. wants national face mask requirement
  6. World: Mexican leaders call for tighter border control as infections rise in U.S.
  7. Sports: 31 MLB players test positive as workouts resume.
  8. 1 📽 thing: Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.
4 hours ago - Sports

Sports return stalked by coronavirus

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Austin Meadows bumps elbows Friday during a workout at Tropicana Field. Photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports via Reuters

When MLB teams arrived at the ballpark this weekend for the first summer workouts of 2020, the comforting sounds of baseball brought smiles to players' faces.

Between the lines: Even the loudest crack of the bat couldn't mask the eerie silence or distract from the ever-present coronavirus threat.

4 hours ago - Health

239 scientists call on WHO to recognize coronavirus as airborne

People walk at the boardwalk in Venice Beach. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

A group of 239 scientists in 32 countries is calling for the World Health Organization to revise its recommendations to account for airborne transmission as a significant factor in how the coronavirus spreads, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: The WHO has said the virus mainly spreads via large respiratory droplets that fall to the ground once they've been discharged in coughs and sneezes. But the scientists say evidence shows the virus can spread from smaller particles that linger in air indoors.