New Data Documents High Violence LGBTQ People Experience
Today the National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2013 was released by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
Some key findings include:
- Rates of anti-LGBTQ violence remain consistent in 2013 with 2,001 total incidents
reported, with a substantial increase in the severity of violence reported
- Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the highest risk of homicide
- Transgender women, undocumented people, transgender people, people of color, and gay
men face the most severe violence
- Fewer survivors are reporting hate violence to the police, and those reporting are being
met with increased police hostility
“Here in New York City alone we saw three hate violence homicides in 2013, an unprecedented number. Islan Nettles was a transgender woman, Mark Carson identified as a gay man, Ever Orozco was killed because he was perceived to be gay, and all three victims were people of color,” said Chanel Lopez, Hate Violence Counselor/Advocate at the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “These alarming national statistics — and even more so these tragic deaths — can no longer be ignored.”
NCAVP recommendations include ending the root causes of anti-LGBTQH and HIV-affected violence through ending poverty and anti-LGBTQH and HIV-affected discrimination; ending the homophobic, transphobic, and biphobic culture that fuels violence; ending police profiling and police violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities; and more.
Read the full report here.
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