Last year was the deadliest on record for the LGBT community, according to a new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP).
Homicides resulting from anti-LGBT hate crimes saw an 86% spike, from 28 in 2016 to 52 in 2017). Part of that rise can be attributed to better reporting, but the Trump administration’s anti-LGBT policies have coincided with numerous violent attacks.
In addition, the Justice Department is looking to remove questions about crimes against LGBT teens in upcoming surveys, making proper reporting even harder.
The NCAVP revealed it released its report early to raise awareness “of the crisis of fatal violence against LGBTQ and HIV affected communities,” the group said in a statement. “NCAVP hopes that this sharing this information now will encourage people to reject anti-LGBTQ bias whenever it occurs and to resist any hateful rhetoric or policies put forward by this administration or by legislators.”
Though the data shows an increase of fatal attacks across all sexual minorities, specific groups are more vulnerable: Transgender women of color make up the largest sector of victims of hate-based homicide. Last year saw at least 27 transgender Americans murdered, with all but three were women of color. In addition, the homicide rate for gay/bi cisgender men increased 500%, from four in 2016 to 20 in 2017.
NCAVP has been tracking anti-LGBT hate crimes since 1996, with a mission to “prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities.”