In their 2011 Report, The NationalCoalition of Anti Violence Programs reported the following:
Hate violence murders: Anti-LGBTQH murders increased from 27 in 2010 to 30 in 2011, an 11%increase. This reflects the highest number of murders ever recorded by NCAVP.87% of all murder victims in 2011 were people of color yet LGBTQH people of color only represented 49% of total survivors and victims.50% of murder victims in 2011 were non -transgender men,40% were transgender women , 7%were non-transgender women, and 3% were gender non-conforming.
Transgender women were also
disproportionately murdered only representing 10 % of overall survivors.
•Most Impacted Communities:
Gay people, LGBTQH people of color, immigrants, transgender people,youth, and young adults were disproportionately impacted by hate violence in 2011.
These report statistics are mind-boggling, as I read them I thought of my family members and friends who are productive members of our society and are gay and lesbians. Would I want for them to not have the same options that I did, escaping abuse or receiving support because they are gay? Hell, NO!
More has to be done in terms of providing safety plans and support groups for these members of our community.
One absolute truth is:
Violence and abuse don't discriminate, so why do we?
In the next few months I will be stepping up my crusading efforts to create a support network in order to assist with safe options and preservation techniques for my brothers and sisters in the GLBT communities, therefore keep checking back as I do what I know best, advocating for a violent free life.
Stay in the Light
"The Love is me is blind to color, religion, sexuality, gender, and all other capacities known to man, rather I am guided by One who is consistent with regards to Spirit and the balance of it" -Alarice