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posted Friday, June 8, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 23
Record number of anti-Gay murders reported in 2011
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Record number of anti-Gay murders reported in 2011

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported this week that more murders motivated by anti-Gay bias occurred last year than in any year since the national advocacy organization began collecting data in 1998.

In 2011, 30 fatally violent hate crimes were committed against LGBT victims - 3 more than the previous year's total.

The coalition collects its data through 41 member programs across the country, which receive calls and reports of anti-LGBT hate crimes in local communities.

People of color made up a majority of the victims - 87% - and 40% of the victims were Transgender women.

Hate-related violence disproportionately affected young people aged 18-30, who were more than twice as likely to experience it than those over 30, the report found.

But while the murder rate rose, there was a 16% decrease in overall incidents of hate-related violence - a trend the coalition says could suggest a decrease in reporting rather than a decrease in actual crime.

'I think that hate violence against these communities has been going on for a very long time and the reports that we're seeing may not even be a reflection on the true pervasiveness of the violence,' said Chai Jindasurat, one of the authors of the report. 'I think we're really just getting the tip of the iceberg here.'

Only a little over half of the survivors reported their attacks to the police, Jindasurat added.

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