Research Shows Increase in Hate Crimes Against LGBT People

A new report released on Tuesday by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs shows that the number of hate crimes against people in the LGBT community rose 13% in 2010, and that minorities and transgender women were most likely to be targets of violence. This increase includes crimes committed against people because of their perceived or actual orientation, gender identity, or HIV-positive status. The total homicide count was 27, up from 22 in 2009, and is the second-highest count since anti-violence advocates first began tracking such crimes in 1996. Of the victims murdered, 70% were people of color, and 44% were transgender women. “Communities of color and transgender communities are particularly impacted by murder because they face multiple forms of discrimination based upon their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression,” the report indicates. Both transgender people and people of color were also the groups least likely to receive medical attention for their injuries. People who identified as both transgender and of color were almost two and a half times as likely to experience discrimination than white, non-transgender individuals. Gay, non-transgender men made up about half of the survivors of anti-LGBT violence—the largest proportion. People who identified as gay, non-transgender men also made up about 69% of the total amount of people whose offenders were arrested by the police. But the data is not completely comprehensive. It only includes data that was self-reported by victims or given to other public sources. The end of the report offers recommendations for law enforcement and other authorities to improve how they respond to these types of crimes, as well as methods for prevention and further education. GLAAD urges media to utilize this new study in order to improve their coverage of anti-LGBT violence. In the meantime, we will continue advocating for the victims of these horrific crimes and ensure that their stories are heard.