U.S. Anti-LGBTQ Violence Sees Significant Rise


Bias motivated violence against the LGBTQ community and those infected with HIV saw a sharp 23% increase between 2009 and 2010, reports the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).

In a new NCAVP report released this week titled Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010, 27 murders of LGBTQ and HIV infected persons are documented. This is the second highest total ever recorded.

Among those, trans people and people of color were the hardest hit.

Of the 27 reported hate murder victims in 2010, 70% were LGBTQ and/or HIV-affected people of color.  Worryingly, people of color were also found to be less likely to receive medical attention and reported that they were also less likely to receive “appropriate” responses from police.

Similarly, transgender women made up 44% of the 27 reported murders in 2010, while representing only 11% of total survivors and victims.  The report also found that trans women surviving such attacks were less likely to receive medical care.

Reports of violent hate crimes against LGBTQs that did not result in death also rose by 13% when compared to 2009′s totals.

“This increase in murders signals a pattern of severe, ongoing violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities,” said Jake Finney from L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles, California.  “Transgender individuals and people of color face multiple forms of discrimination on the basis of race, gender identity and other factors, which can make them more vulnerable to severe violence,” said Maria Carolina Morales from Community United Against Violence in San Francisco, California.  “Additionally, the general public, law enforcement, and the media may be less inclined to address, prevent and respond to violence against these communities, making this violence seem invisible and ignored.”

NCAVP collected data from 17 antiviolence programs in 15 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The report recommends the following steps to combat rising anti-LGBTQ violence:

– That state governments and the federal government fund critically needed research and data collection on hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV affected communities, their access to services, and violence prevention initiatives;

– That state and federal agencies gather data about sexual orientation and gender identity;

– That new public and private funding streams be created and agencies target the use of existing funds to increase access to anti-violence services for LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals, particularly for those disproportionately affected by hate violence—i.e. transgender people and people of color;

– That programs and campaigns are created to reduce anti-LGBTQ bias-motivated violence. The leadership of those most impacted by severe hate violence should be made a priority.

– That policymakers and public figures denounce anti-LGBTQ violence.

The report also details real-life stories of the impact of violence on the LGBTQ and HIV communities. Click here to download the full report (.pdf).


Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to Cesar Augusto Serna Sz.


Darcy H.
Darcy H6 years ago

Sometimes my heart breaks for humanity. Some days I feel so selfish for wanting to have children because I know of the horrors that lay in this world.

Tom Y.
Tom Y6 years ago

Has anyone considered the possibility that this is part of a trend in violence driven at least partially by the worsening economic situation? How many victims suffered targeted beatings motivated by visceral hatred, as opposed to violent robberies that singled out persons perceived as rich in disposable income and low on self-defense? We need more data before anyone proceeds to religion-bashing.

Chandra K.
Paula P6 years ago

How sad.

Randall S.
Randy Stein6 years ago

The Bible is only an empty excuse to hate gays----there are way too many things in the Bible that so-called Christians ignore. Including the fact that Christ NEVER said anything against gays and tried to teach his followers to love others. So there has to be other indivudual reasons for peiope to hate gays. The need to act superior to others. An excuse to be self-righteous and ignore their own many sins. Definitely denial of their own sexual identities in many cases. And to cover themselves so others don't suspect. (Ten years ago a well-known "fag-basher" in his neighborhood, who regularly led his buddies to go beat up gays, was discovered to also be going out and sexually molesting young boys. Or the nationally known Colorado evangelical preacher who constantly spoke against gays----till he was "outed" by a male prostitute he had had sex with on a number of occasions.) And the world is full of bullies, some who just prefer to attack gays presuming them to be weaker targets. But bullies always beat up much 'weaker" targets, and usually doing it in groups. Bullies are cowards at heart so seldom act alone for fear they themselevs might get beaten up instead. Even in torturing puppies they often don't do it alone. Education is said to be the answer. But it is hard to educate those who don't want to be educated, who have a personal stake in not wanting to change their bigoted or homophobic attitudes. Bachmann and her husband profit financially by their totall

Antonia M.
Antonia maestre6 years ago

"If AIDS was somehow supposed to be the barometer of morality, lesbians would be the most moral people in the World! Because from the standpoint of risk, lesbian is the way to go!"
-Dr. John Corvino

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Amazing how we respond in fear to another human. It seems we have more in common than we have differences.

Dotti Lydon
Dotti L6 years ago

And here I stupidly thought that the public was becoming more educated, more tolerant. What made me think that??

Beth M.
Beth M6 years ago

Why is it so hard to respect each other? How can you hate someone who has done nothing to you, someone who does not affect your life in any way?

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

This is very disturbing. Why can't we treat each other with respect. Homophobic idiots won't change a person's sexuality. It's time that the people in the public eye who make disparaging all ignorant comments about those who are gay accept responsibility for the way their words can incite the ignorant members of society. They don't need excuses to hide behind.

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H6 years ago

Take a moment and think for one moment how many wars have been fought; for religion. Always us v.them. When in fact we are all one.