Anti LGBT violence has gone up. Way up.
Reading things like this make me angry, so you’re warned now: I’m going to rant plenty.
I reported on this last year, and I was pissed off then. Anti LGBT violence has gone up, as well as the murders that go with it:
NCAVP’s 2010 report demonstrates that anti-LGBTQH violence remains widespread and severe in the United States. This data reflects the 2009 report which showed that violence disproportionately impacted transgender people and people of color. These findings highlight the immediate need to create initiatives that increase safety and power for LGBTQH survivors.
Here are the key findings from this year’s NCAVP report:
Anti-LGBTQH murders increased 23% from 2009 (22 murders) to 2010 (27 murders), the second highest amount in a decade. The only higher amount recorded in this decade was in 2008 (29 murders).
LGBTQH people of color were disproportionately impacted by murder. LGBTQH people of color comprised 70% of all LGBTQH murder victims in 2010 but only represented 55% of total reports. This continues a disturbing trend from 2009 when people of color represented 79% of murder victims.
Transgender women were disproportionately impacted by murder. 44% of LGBTQH murder victims were transgender women, yet only 11% of total reports came from transgender women. This continues a problematic trend from 2009 figures when 50% of murder victims were transgender women.
52% of the murder victims were non-transgender men, of these 37% identified as gay non-transgender men. This is consistent to 2009 where 50% of murders were non-transgender men and is comparable to overall 2010 reports where 50% were non-transgender men.
Police response is probably the most disturbing part of the report aside from the crimes themselves:
50.1% of survivors did not report to the police.
Transgender women were the least likely to report to police. 25.4% of transgender women did not make a report, compared to 19.1% of non-transgender women and 20.9% of non-transgender men.
Police were less likely to classify hate violence against LGBTQH people of color as hate crimes: Police denied bias classification5 to 25% of people of color survivors and victims as compared to 6% for white survivors and victims who reported an incident to the police.
61% of survivors experienced indifferent, abusive or deterrent police attitudes: Within known reports of police attitudes, survivors reported 38.4% of police attitudes as indifferent, 17.1% as abusive (including verbal and physical abuse), and 5% as deterrent. 39.5% of survivors experienced courteous police attitudes.
Transgender people of color reported higher rates of indifferent police attitudes. 48.3% of transgender people of color reported that police attitudes were indifferent, compared to 38% for overall survivors. Only 7.7% of non-transgender and white survivors experienced indifferent attitudes.
Police arrested offenders in 22% of incidents. For survivors who reported to the police, officers filed complaints without making arrests for 53% of the incidents, officers arrested suspected offenders for 22% of incidents, officers refused complaints for 17% of incidents, and officers arrested the survivor for 8% of incidents.
Police were more likely to arrest offenders when survivors were gay non-transgender men. People who identified as gay, largely gay non-transgender men, made up 69% of the total amount of people whose offender was arrested.
Now, consider this for a second: if we took 1/2 the time and effort we’ve invested in gay marriage and turned it to the violence that’s being perpetuated on the LGBT community, those crimes would become a distant memory. Guaranteed. At minimum the number would reduce drastically. The police, hospitals and government officials that we approached would be shaking in their boots to NOT do everything in their power when one of the community is injured or killed. The prosecutor who didn’t pursue a hate crime when there was blatant evidence of one having happened would rue the day they made that critical error in judgement.
This goes right back to my argument that I’ve put all over my website, and I’ll save you the trouble of searching for it: gay marriage IS important, but right now we’ve got all our eggs in one basket and alot of other issues are being neglected or forgotten entirely. Like this one.
Websites will run this article or that article about violence in the community, but not nearly with the zeal and vigor that they’ll slap up the latest 200 words on gay marriage. I expect this report will make all the rounds tomorrow, and it will quickly fall by the wayside before the weekend.
We as a community had better learn how to multitask, and quickly. There’s no reason other than stupidity for betting the entire farm (and our wobbling political clout) on gay marriage, and almost totally neglecting issues like LGBT violence, transgender issues, teen issues OTHER than bullying, gay seniors, healthy relationships, or my big one that you knew was coming – HIV/AIDS.