Multiracial, Latina, Black and American Indian trans women are twice to more than three times as likely as White trans women to be sexually assaulted in prison.
A major event in the LGBT movement, and was inspired by the Stonewall Riots.
The term trans woman originates from the use of the Latin prefix trans- meaning "across, beyond, through, on the other side of, to go beyond" According to the Oxford English Dictionary, transgender is a term which refers to "a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender, but combines or moves between these; transgendered." This means someone who is transgender was born a certain sex but presents themselves as another.
However, Heidi M Levitt describes transgender as "different ways in which people transgress the gender boundaries that are constituted within a society." Thus people who are transgender express themselves differently than their biological sex.
A major cause of the violence towards trans women is the perpetrator feels “tricked” upon learning their sexual partner is transgender.
Approximately 56% of violent crimes towards trans people between 1990-2005 occurred because of perceived deception by the perpetrator.
In addition, the Oxford English Dictionary refers to transsexual as "having physical characteristics of one sex and psychological characteristics of the other” and "one whose sex has been changed by surgery." These definitions show that someone who is transsexual expresses their gender differently than assigned at birth.Both transsexual and transgender women may transition, though only transsexual women would medically transition.A major component of medical transition for trans women is estrogen hormone replacement therapy, which causes the development of female secondary sex characteristics (breasts, redistribution of body fat, higher waist–hip ratio, etc.).In addition, they may want or undergo surgery to change their physical appearance.Thus trans women fall under the umbrella of being transgender because their gender was assigned male at birth but they identify as a woman.