Every year, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs releases its annual report on violence against the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV. NCAVP collects data from 14 states around the country.
The report shows that the overall number of reported hate crimes is still way too high, just over 2,000 in 2013.
The report also highlights many other troubling findings.
The severity of hate crimes is also increasing. Last year, there was a 21% increase in reports of physical violence. T clear targets for most of the violence is transgender women, people of color and transgender people of color. As always, it is the most marginalized members of our communities that suffer the most. The report also tells us that LGBTQ people continue to die at the hands of anti-LGBTQ attacks. For those who think that Matthew Shepard’s death in 1998 is old news, think again! There were eighteen violent homicides in 2013 and over 90% of these victims were either transgender or people of color or both.
Perhaps most troubling, victims of hate crimes are less likely to report their crimes to the police and actually experience hostility and even violence at the hands of the police.
It's up to each of us to make people aware of anti-LGBTQ and HIV+ violence and the damage it causes. Check out the infographic below for more information, and share the social media graphics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr to help spread the word.