LGBT Murders at All-Time High, Blacks at Higher Risk
As if being at higher risk of being fierce and fabulous wasn’t enough…
An alarming report by The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs says of the 16 states included in their hate crime study against LGBT for 2011, 87% of the reported incidents were against victims of color.
In 2011, NCAVP documented 30 anti-LGBTQH murders, the highest yearly total ever recorded by the coalition. This is an 11% increase from the 27 people murdered in 2010. This high murder rate continues a multi-year trend of increases in anti-LGBTQH murders over the past three years of reporting.
87% of the 30 reported hate murder victims in 2011 were LGBTQH people of color. For a second year in a row, this reflects a disproportionate targeting of people of color for severe and deadly violence and is an increase over 2010 where 70% of the 27 reported hate murder victims were LGBTQH people of color.
Transgender women made up 40% of the 30 reported hate murders in 2011, while representing only 10% of total hat- violence survivors and victims. This was comparable to last year’s report where transgender women made up 44% of the 27 reported hate murders, reflecting a two-year trend toward disproportanate and severe violence faced by transgender women.
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.
In 2011, NCAVP reported 16% fewer incidents of hate violence. Many members saw a decline in reports of violence linked to a corresponding increase in murders, indicating attacks aren’t declining, merely becoming more vicious.
Yes, it’s bad that these numbers are high. But, it is definitely worth mentioning how proud we are that more members of the LGBT community are standing strong in their identity to report these incidents exactly as they are. We also have to thank the new technology resources available to track these crimes. Soon, people will have a better glimpse of the injustices we face everyday.
Still wondering why Blacks are at such high risk though…