Despite showing an overall drop in reports of anti-LGBT hate violence, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings of LGBT people ever in the United States last year. The NCAVP released the news in its annual report.
The report found that overall hate violence continued to disproportionately impact transgender people, people of color, and transgender people of color. Data from 2011 also showed that people under the age of 30 were more likely to experience hate violence.
As in previous years, white gay non-transgender men represented the largest group of hate violence survivors and victims in 2011.
Key findings of the NCAVP report include:
- Reported incidents of anti-LGBT hate violence decreased overall by 16 percent – down from 2,503 incidents in 2010 to 2,092 in 2011.
- Hate-motivated murders of LGBT people increased from 27 in 2010 to 30 – the highest number ever recorded by NCAVP.
- Eighty-seven percent of all murder victims in 2011 were people of color, even though LGBT people of color only represented 49 percent of total victims.
- Fifty percent of murder victims in 2011 were non-transgender men, 40 percent were transgender women, 7 percent were non-transgender women, and 3 percent were gender non-conforming.
- Transgender women were disproportionately murdered, representing 10 percent of overall survivors.
- Only 52 percent of survivors reported their incidents to the police, which represents a slight increase from the 47 percent who reported their attacks to law enforcement in 2010.
- Of those who interacted with the police, 18 percent reported that the police attitudes were hostile,
- Almost one-fifth of attackers were acquaintances or friends with their victims, an increase from the 10 percent reported in 2010
- Nine percent of offenders were police officers.
- One-fifth of attacks occurred in private residences.