After a flare-up
of violence against LGBT individuals in 2003 and 2004,
reported anti-LGBT attacks dropped 13% in 2005, according to
a report released Thursday.
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs examined data from
almost 2,000 hate-related incidents in 13 cities, states,
and regions across the country. The areas included
large metropolitan centers like New York
City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and
Cleveland as well as more rural areas in Massachusetts,
Vermont and Pennsylvania.
indicated a 15% drop in murders, from 13 in 2004 to 11 in
2005. The total number of victims of LGBT violence dropped
from 2,617 in 2004 to 2,301 in 2005. The report noted
that all areas studied showed declines in LGBT
violence, except Cleveland, Houston, Massachusetts, and
results show a sea change in violence against LGBT people.
For example, violence against LGBT individuals rose 26%
after the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court decision in
2003 that decriminalized gay sex.
report can be viewed as an indication that after almost
two years of wholesale attacks on LGBT individuals,
communities, and families, 2005 offered a respite of
sorts for our community's experience with hate
violence," said Clarence Patton of the NCAVP. (TheAdvocate)