"REPORT: Anti-LGBT Murders Increased In 2011"
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has released its yearly assessment of hate violence (PDF) against people who are LGBTQ or HIV-affected, and though rates of violence declined by 16 percent in 2011, the number of murders increased to 30, the highest total ever documented. It’s possible, of course, that there was not an actual increase in murders, but merely in accurate reporting. Among those 30 murders, 87 percent of the victims were people of color, and 40 percent were transgender women. Young adults (ages 18-30) were almost 2.5 times more likely to experience physical violence as those age 30 and older. Countering homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in laws, police forces, and communities at large can help reduce the risk factors for this community.