Killings of transgender people in the US saw another high year

(CNN)For decades, every year she's been active in the transgender community, Isa Noyola has attended a funeral for a friend.

As deputy director at the Transgender Law Center based in Oakland, California, she has met many community members who have the same experience. "Death, profound loss, the violence that surrounds us, it's constant. It's a significant part of my transgender experience."
Despite an all-time high in trans-visibility, with celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox now mainstream media stars, violence against the community is getting worse, community advocates say.
Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, 42, one of the founders of the Miss Trans America pageant, is thought to be the first transgender person killed in 2018.
"You have this incredible pivotal moment of media visibility with pop culture, but it comes without education and deeper learning about the transgender community," Noyola said. "Too many places remain unsafe."
    More than two dozen transgender people were killed last year, according to information gathered by CNN, the New York City Anti-Violence Project and the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group.
    Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, was killed in Baton Rouge in March. Friends on social media said she worked in home health care and had a "big heart."