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Hate Crimes Against LGBTQ People Highest In 14 Years


The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects today released a collective report on hate crimes against LGBTQ people.

Despite increased public and political acceptance of gays and lesbians, the number of crimes against LGBTQ people is the highest since 1998, the year they began tallying such attacks and also the year Matthew Shepard was murdered.

The amount of physical violence, rather than just verbal abuse, has also skyrocketed — and, not surprisingly, younger people, transgender people and people of color are targeted the most. From NCAVP:

This year’s report shows that LGBTQH youth and young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 years old were 2.41 times as likely to experience physical violence compared to LGBTQH people age 30 and older.

As in the case of the murder statistics, transgender people and people of color were more likely to experience physical injury in a hate violence incident. The report found that transgender people were 28% as likely to experience physical violence compared to non-transgender people, and that LGBTQ people of color were two times as likely to experience physical violence compared to those who were not LGBTQ people of color.

These numbers are discouraging, yes, but there is a bit of good news: NCAVP found that mainstream media and the general public are now paying more attention to hate crimes of all varieties.

"In 2011, NCAVP members witnessed a critical shift in the national narrative on anti-LGBTQH hate violence. In the 2010 hate violence report, NCAVP analyzed person level data1 for the first time, which allowed NCAVP to examine the diverse and disparate impacts of hate violence on specific LGBTQH communities," they write in their report.

"As a result, journalists, advocacy organizations, policymakers, and LGBTQH community members began to focus their attention on how hate violence disproportionately impacted LGBTQH people of color, transgender people, and transgender people of color."

Unfortunately these reports based on media accounts and not all incidents are reported either to the police or by journalists, so there are likely many more cases going unnoticed.

Here's a PDF Download NCAVPHVReport2011 of the NCAVP 2011 hate crime.

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    "something needs to be done"? too bad it won't be. know why? you guys don't have the balls to stand up to be counted as gay men. so you'll forever be coming online to live vicariously through an anonymous internet handle, because none of you are man enough to actually go out and represent "what gay is" (to you) to the rest of the world.

    you sit at your computers wishing that someone else would do the work that you yourself are too insecure and cowardly to do.

    right. make a show of how "not like those other gays" you are. it won't happen. you're simply too damned cowardly.

    you could prove me wrong by starting a group, a blogspot, a youtube channel, dedicated to what you think gay men should be, and should be doing, and can start by putting your face and name to The Cause.

    but you won't. because you don't have the guts.

    The Ricks: "Yeah! We need to start a new group that has no lesbians or femmes! Now, who wants to start it? I can't because I don't want people to know that I'm gay"

    Fail. At life. For all time.

    you crack me up, RICK. desperately wishing a movement would begin but none of the guys you want to be a part of it have the balls to live Visibly. :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 1, 2012 1:35:00 PM

  2. basically every election cycle has a spike in hate crime. It was a wedge issue and when a wedge issue being tossed around by politicians, the public react to that pondering. I wonder what an uneducated religiously brain washed person would do to that pondering.

    Posted by: david | Jun 1, 2012 1:54:40 PM

  3. To be fair the real ackronym reads: LGBTQCIAP - Lesbien, Gay, Transgender, Queer Questioning, Curious, Intersex, Asexual and pamsexual. I think 9m letters is enough. it's 1/3 the alphabet.

    Posted by: Flowered Rose | Jun 1, 2012 2:46:59 PM

  4. Thank you, FLOWERED ROSE.

    For many people in this society, and this world, that ackronym means one thing: GAY. And that's the was in 1969. I don't need it to be any different today.

    For those of you who want the world to separate sexual minorities....well, give it another 30 to 40 years. But by then the sexual minorities may not feel any need to separate. And they'll ALL be GAY as they were in 1969.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 1, 2012 2:58:38 PM

  5. These violent crimes will go higher unless the FBI or the Justice Dept. grows a pair and starts prosecuting those evangelical hate-mongers for inciting violence. Or, round of up a few of us queers and go to those churches and kick those pastors' asses clear into next week.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 1, 2012 3:00:38 PM

  6. KIWI, sometimes your genius shines. Your comments on this thread is one of those times indeed.

    And PLEEEEEEEEASE let it be Obama four more years, America!!!

    The alternative is simply too frightening to think about. Truly!

    Best wishes from Denmark xXx

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Jun 3, 2012 8:29:15 PM

  7. Powerful haters...

    A friend of mine and his family were forced out of their home by police under threat of arrest after discovering the husband was a bisexual man.

    They, (my friend's family), had purchased the home on land contract and the hater tried and failed to evict them then used the sheriff's department and other LEOs to make them leave and kept the contents of their home.

    If this isn't corruption, what is? My friend is so pissed that he is running for Sheriff in that County to clean house and could use our support.

    He started a petition that asks the US Attorney's Office to investigate this corruption and could use more signatures.

    Before experiencing this hate he really had no idea it really existed. Please help me help him by promoting this link in your own circles and lets make this a national issue for equal justice and for our constitutional civil rights!



    Posted by: WTF | Jul 23, 2012 10:56:05 AM

  8. You can sign the petition on his campeign site at =)

    Posted by: WTF | Jul 23, 2012 10:59:12 AM

  9. I have noticed that all of the comments that were made here (page 1 only thus far) have been specifically directed in support of the "G" part of the LGBTQ spectrum. I am curious as to whether we have considered that there are four other aspects to the "rainbow"? I mean granted, if every gay man stood up, banned together and shouted in unison "We are finished taking this abuse from the 'Judeo Christian establishment", a lot of things would change. But here is a thought from one of the other sides of the LGBTQ coin... Forget about the LGBTQ label, forget about who is getting bullied more, forget about who is getting abused more and start thinking about the fact that LGBTQ members around the world are a million person family! We see more and more young men and women coming out as gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, or queer everyday and all the while we are so focused on what has happened in the gay community that we lose sight of the other family members! I am transsexual, bisexual, inter-sexed, and in a life partnership with a genetic woman (whom is a christian). I was assaulted while walking to and then from work on two separate occasions within 5 days. On one occasion, the police caught the assailants after hurting me, both were drunk in public. No arrests were made, no charges were filed, and they let the guys go at 6:00 a.m., 30 mins later, to walk the streets while intoxicated after getting an eyewitness report and police call of not only my assault but destruction of property, describing these men both times! However, a gay 20+ year old man was NEARLY assaulted at a park in town and it was a full report in the local newspaper!

    We need to band together as a whole if we really expect to make a difference! We can speak with all of the "pretty and intellectual words" that we choose but in the end, we are failing. We are losing for one reason that we have been missing for years... the hate mongers and prejudice social groups HAVE banned together in their hate of us! We are fighting a war, sisters and brothers. We stand here, one at a time, and yell out at an army of bigots. Do you think that an army will ever hear the voice of one person over their own? Sadly, if we stood together, we are bigger than they ever were but we are too focused on our own little group to care about the whole! If we banned together, how much louder would our unified voice be than the voices of the hate groups that control our world now? We control 75% of the worlds finance! We hold positions of power in every office on the planet! The President of the United States stands behind us! By "we" I do not mean gay men or lesbian women. I say "we" in reference to the whole of the persecuted, degraded, beaten, battered, torn, abused, murdered, angry, terrified members of the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transsexual-Queer family. Remember that at Stonewall, it was not only one aspect that stood outside those doors to defend it but all five and some allies! But that is my little rant. Thank you for letting me get that out. <3 Dr. Kyra T.

    Posted by: Kyra | Sep 20, 2012 8:03:49 PM

  10. @ Rick: You are the reason that we are left beaten and bloody in the streets, Rick! It is thinking like your comments on June 1, 2012 regarding african-american transsexuals and crossdressers being assaulted and how it is their basically fault because "they knew the risks" that is the reason that we are all left behind in the global eqaulity stance. Are you really that ignorant as to think that has anything to do with "black on black crime"? Are you really so naive as to believe that if a "man" walks down the street in high heels and is assaulted, it is his own responsibility? Is it also a gay mans responsibility if he is attacked for being gay, whether he exhibits his sexual orientation or not? Rick please, woman to man, I implore you... READ A BOOK!!! Here is a really good one for you (and to satisfy your own bigoted mind, it is about gay children!). Please read this and then say that it is the fault of the person rather than that of the prejudice social standards placed on us for our orientation as opposed to our expression! "Youth Suicide: The School’s Role in Prevention and Response. Written by Wanda Y. Johnson". Please remember that the gay man would would have never gained the strides that they have without the other members of the LGBTQ-PASI standing beside them every step of the way. Likewise, neither group would have advanced as they have without the others, however, we will all fall away if we think as you do Rick!

    Posted by: Dr. Kyra T. | Sep 20, 2012 8:43:05 PM

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