News Brief: More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

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News Brief More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

News Brief More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

News Brief:  More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

A report carried out by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has found that more LGBT+ people have been killed so far this year in the US than in 2016.  The report, which did not account for the Pulse massacre, which took the lives of 49 people, recorded 33 hate-violence-related murders as of August 2017.  This is compared to 28 homicides of LGBT people – excluding Pulse victims – for the entirety of 2016.

One person every 13 days was killed in 2016 as compared to one person every six days in 2017.

The NCAVP believe that this increased may be due to better identification of victims, but also an increase of violence against LGBT people.  Beverly Tillery, an executive director for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, said that the figures should act as a “wake up call” for the American public.

“I think whether it’s an increase in reporting, an increase in violence, or some combination thereof, it should be a wake-up call for us across our communities that hate violence is not going away.  It’s certainly not decreasing, and it’s symptomatic of larger and deeper problems in our society that we still haven’t addressed,” Tillery added.

The NCAVP calculated their number through the analysis of media reports, organizations from across the country, and information from friends and family, as there is no official nationwide governmental data.

Dallas Drake, a senior researcher at the Center for Homicide Research, said that the number recorded by NCAVP was still likely under the real figure. 

Drake said, “There are a lot more homicides of LGBT people than what they report.  They don’t report generally from communities that are smaller or where cases are not easily identifiable as LGBT homicides.”