V.M. Pendleton: Tulsa World


Letters To Editor

V.M. Pendleton of Tulsa  wrote a letter to editor indicating his understanding of statistics is well below average along with a glaring lack of common sense. I will add that Mr Pendleton, who writes as though he is intelligent, was unable to calculate a simple percentage when he stated 0.17 percent of total murders were transgender. 

25 transgenders were murdered and 1.4 million Americans are transgender. The correct percentage is 0.0018 or 0.0018% Mr Pendleton not 0.17 percent as you erroneously published. Compare that to the 0.005% chance of a straight American being murdered. This means that a straight, no kinky sex, American is three times more likely to be a victim of homicide a transgender citizen.

Mr Pendleton committed the classical statistical fallacy of NOT calculating the percentage within the group of interest. I have to agree with Joseph Jefferson that Pendleton seems to almost think that transgenders are lucky their murder rate is not higher. Sounds homophobic to me….

In 2017, 25 transgender individuals have been victims of homicide, the highest annual total on record (“Advocacy groups: Killings of transgender people increase,” Nov. 17).

The total number of homicides in the U.S. from January 2017 to present is approximately 14,900. That means approximately 0.17 percent of the total murders in 2017 were transgender individuals.

   In June, 2016, the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that at least 0.60 percent of U.S. adults identify as transgender, therefore, the numbers show that transgender individuals are 3.5 times less likely to be murdered than non-transgender people.

 Although the homicide rate of transgender individuals is the highest annual total on record, the homicide rate of non-transgender people is currently 3.5 times higher.

Transgender individuals should be somewhat comforted to know that they are 3.5 times safer than non-transgender people from risk of being a homicide victim.(Transgenders could NOT care less about the assurances of a callous homophobe)


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  1. I tend to side with Scott Pendleton on this matter. It is true that Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people do face violence motivated by hateful attitudes. However that is true for all segments of our population! JACOB ANDERSON-MINSHAL definitely has a chip on his shoulder regarding LGBT hate crimes, as does Brian Levin,Nico Lang, and EMMA GREEN even though Emma’s coverage of the Orlando tragedies was fair and relatively neutral.

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