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

NCAVP_logo_LGBTQH“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.

*Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

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