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The American Medical Association has called this year's surge of transgender murders an "epidemic," which has "heightened fears and alarm among communities already familiar with looming threats to their safety," reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: So far this year, 18 trans people have been violently killed all over the country, with many of the victims being trans women of color.

  • The attacks have "mobilized transgender and LGBTQ groups, with calls for lawmakers to strengthen hate crime legislation and bar the use of the so-called gay- or trans-panic defense for people charged with attacks," per the Times.

The big picture: While transgender groups have more representation in pop culture, the acceptance often hasn't translated to real life.

  • The data isn't always reliable, but advocates say there is an increase in hostility comes "as a rise in visibility has also stirred animosity and emboldened people to attack," per the Times.
  • Transgender people have also come under fresh legal attacks from the Trump administration. In addition to seeking to have trans people removed from the military, the administration has sought to weaken protections for trans youth in schools and for those seeking health care.
  • Transgender people face bias at multiple levels, including employment, housing and education. Only some states offer explicit legal protection against discrimination based on gender identity.
  • The epidemic of violence against transgender people in recent years has been particularly aimed at trans women of color.

Context:

  • At least 14 LGBTQ people were killed this year between May and July. 7 of the victims were black transgender women.
  • The Human Rights Campaign reported at least 26 murders last year, but some advocates say those numbers "fail to grasp the full extent of the perils the community faces," per the Times.

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Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain and GOP governor

Combination images of Cindy McCain and Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS/Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Arizona Republican Party members voted on Saturday to censure prominent GOP figures Cindy McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey and former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who've all faced clashes with former President Trump.

Why it matters: Although the resolution is symbolic, this move plus the re-election of Trump loyalist Kelli Ward as state GOP chair shows the strong hold the former president has on the party in Arizona, despite President Biden winning the state in the 2020 election.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”