- Category: LGBT Issues
- Published on Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:59
- Written by Lara Landis
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Last year was a dangerous year to be an LGBT individual. A study published by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its report on crimes against LGBT-identified and HIV positive people. The study found that the overall rate of hate crimes had gone down during the year, but the number of murders recorded increased.
LGBT-identified individuals in the 14-30 year age range were most likely to be murdered. The rates decreased sharply as the age groups increased. 87% of the recorded deaths took place among people of color who belong to the Lesbian, Gay or Transgender community. 40% of the murders took place among male to female individuals.
Although the study paints a grim picture, it may not be as bleak as it suggests. One reason may be an increase in individuals who are willing to report such crimes. The findings of the report do not suggest increasing knowledge of self-defense tactics, but instead suggests extra training for police officers in LGBT issues and increased funding of anti-violence programs.