By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com July 12 2011 5:05 PM ET
From 2009 to 2010, there was an astounding 23% increase in murders of
LGBT and HIV-affected people in the United States, with the second highest
yearly total ever recorded by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence
Twenty-seven LGBT people and HIV-affected people were killed in 2010, according to the latest numbers from the NCAVP. Total incidents of violence, which include victims who survived, were up 13% from 2009 to 2010. The statistics found that LGBT people of color and transgender women were subject to a disproportionate number of attacks — 70% of the 27 murders in 2010 were LGBT and HIV-affected people of color, while transgender women made up 44% of the murder victims.
Aside from providing the sobering statistics, the coalition issued recommendations to stop or slow the violence:
-Fund critically needed research and data collection on hate violence
against LGBT and HIV-affected communities, their access to services,
and violence prevention initiatives.
-Gather data about sexual orientation and gender identity in all federal, state, and local government forms.
new public and private funding streams and target the use of existing
funds to increase access to antiviolence services for LGBT and
HIV-affected individuals, particularly for those disproportionately
affected by hate violence — i.e. transgender people and people of color.
programs and campaigns to reduce anti-LGBT hate violence. Prioritize
the leadership of those most impacted by severe hate violence within
Stop the culture of hate through policymakers and public figures denouncing anti-LGBT violence.
The coalition is coordinated by the New York City Anti-Violence Project; the New York City group found that violence against LGBT and HIV-affected New Yorkers rose 11% from 2009 to 2010, and attacks happened in popular gay neighborhoods such as Chelsea and the West Village.