Advocates Say Violence Against Gays, Lesbians Increased in 2010


Violent crimes increased last year against people identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and people of color among those groups were most likely to be targeted, reports USA Today. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found hate incidents against LGBT people and HIV-affected persons increased 13% from 2009 to 2010; that murders of LGBT people numbered 27, the second-highest total recorded; that half of victims did not report the crimes to police, and 61% of victims who did said they experienced indifferent or abusive police attitudes.

Most offenders were strangers, white and non-transgender men. In Chicago, the Center on Halsted Anti-Violence Project reported 73 incidents, a 12% increase over 2009. Incidents rose 65% to 213 last year in San Francisco, reports the Community United Against Violence. The Kansas City Anti-violence Project documented a 52% increase to 31.

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