In 2017, The Number Of Anti-LGBT Homicides Rose To Highest Level Ever

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Last year saw the highest number of anti-LGBT murders ever recorded, with the deaths of 52 LGBT individuals.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project, 2017 saw the highest number of anti-LGBT deaths ever recorded with the murders of 52 LGBT people.

The report, published Monday, comes after a mid-year report in August signaling 2017 was the worst year ever for anti-LGBT homicides. The new report, however, indicates anti-LGBT violence increased even further after that report and reached 52 deaths by the end of the year.

According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Project, that’s the highest number ever recorded in its 20-year history and represents an 86 percent increase from 2016.

Executive director of the Anti-Violence Project Beverly Tillery said the significant rise in murders is cause for grave concern, noting the uptick in "anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies coming from the White House, federal government agencies, state and local sources and in our communities across the country.”

The Washington Blade notes several of the reports findings:

  • The victims of these hate violence related homicides have overwhelmingly been transgender women and queer, bi, or gay cisgender men;
  • There was a significant increase of reports of homicides of queer, bi, or gay cisgender men, from 4 reports in 2016 to 20 reports in 2017;
  • For the last five years NCAVP has documented a consistent and steadily rising number of reports of homicides of transgender women of color, which continued into 2017;
  • In 2017, NCAVP collected information on 27 hate-violence related homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming people this year, compared to 19 reports for 2016;
  • 22 of these homicides were of transgender women of color; and
  • Of the total number of homicides in 2017, 71 percent of the victims were people of color: 31 (60 percent) of the victims were Black, 4 (8 percent) were Latino, 2 (4 percent) were Asian and 1 (2 percent) was Native American.