Violence targeting LGBTQH communities increased in 2010

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2010 marked the second highest reported number of hate crimes against LGBTQH communities

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program (NCAVP) released its report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010.  The report sheds light on how people of color and transgender individuals are disproportionately more likely to experience violence in light of the attempts and successes of extending civil rights across the United States and garnering public support at the international level.  The  NCAVP is comprised of 17 anti-violence programs in 15 states across the country including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin.

The report provides recommendations to address the severe increase in violence against LGBTH communities (NCAVP, 2011):

  • “Fund critically needed research and data collection on hate violence against LGBTQ and HIV affected communities, their access to services, and violence prevention initiatives.
  • Gather data about sexual orientation and gender identity in all federal, state and local government forms.
  • Create public and private funding streams and target the use of existing funds to increase access to anti-violence services for LGBTQ and HIV-affected individuals, particularly for transgender people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by hate violence.
  • Create programs and campaigns to reduce anti-LGBTQ hate violence.
  • Prioritize the leadership of those most impacted by severe hate violence within these programs.
  • Stop the culture of hate through policymakers and public figures denouncing anti-LGBTQ violence.”

What are you doing in your community to end violence targeting individuals that self-identify or are perceived to be LGBTQ and HIV-affected people?

Livia Rojas, MSSW, is the Training and Resource Coordinator in the Campus Program at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where she provides training and technical assistance to recipients of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking on college and university campuses across the United States and territories. Livia has eleven years of working to advance human rights and student organizing through practice and research.

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