Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LGBTQ Hate Crime Murders Rise

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released their annual national research report on hate violence targeting our LGBTQ & HIV-affected communities. In August 2017 NCAVP recorded the highest number of anti-LGBTQ homicides in their 20-year history of tracking & released a mid-year report to raise awareness of this disturbing increase. Since the release of that report in August of 2017 the number of reported homicides continued to increase reaching a total of 52 reported anti-LGBTQ homicides in all of 2017 which is the highest number ever recorded & an 86% increase from 2016. Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) stated, “This report is a wake-up call for all of us. Our communities live in an increasingly hostile & dangerous climate, after a year of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric & policies coming from the White House, Federal government agencies, state & local sources & in our communities across the country. Anti-LGBTQ violence has long been a crisis, but NCAVP has watched the escalation of violence this past year with great concern. I urge everyone to read the stories & look at the photos of the 52 individuals lost to hate violence in 2017; they are our friends, family, co-workers & fellow LGBTQ community members. NCAVP will continue to say their names & re-commits to doing all we can to prevent hate violence & support survivors. We must bring more attention & action to deal with this epidemic of violence & work across all of our diverse communities to protect those most vulnerable & stand up to the hostile forces that have created this unacceptable climate of hate.”
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Marilyn Rosen said...

This is shocking statistics that I fear will rise and spread to other communities that are deemed different by dangerously ignorant and easily swayed haters that rally around Trump. Keep the information flowing. We need to be aware, informed and ready to unite for all groups who are targets.

January 23, 2018 at 1:47 PM  

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