Though polling for marriage equality may be higher than ever, violence against the LGBTQ community and people who are HIV-affected shows no sign of slowing down. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), reports of violent crimes increased by 13 percent against these communities in 2010, including 27 murders, the second highest yearly total ever recorded. According to the data, transgender women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by violence. The increase in violence likely reflects increases in reporting, but possibly also animus provoked by media visibility of LGBTQ people and issues, such as California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008:
The report recommends the following changes:
- Fund critically needed research and data collection on hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, their access to services, and violence prevention initiatives.
- Gather data about sexual orientation and gender identitiy in all federal, state and local government forms.
- Create new public and private funding streams and 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.
- Create programs and campaigns to reduce anti-LGBTQ hate violence. Prioritize the leadership of those most impacted by severe hate violence within these programs.
- Stop the culture of hate through policymakers and public figures denouncing anti-LGBTQ violence.
Read the full report, which includes 17 state breakdowns.