As LGBTQ advocates face an uphill battle to expand North Carolina’s existing Hate Crime laws  this legislative session, they do so against a backdrop of increased violence against lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
In 2017, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recorded the highest number of incidents of hate-related violence againt LGBTQ people in its 20 year history.
In North Carolina, existing hate crime statutes don’t cover violence against people targeted because they are LGBTQ. The State Bureau of Investigation does not catalogue such crimes in a database.
Today, we look at some national numbers on the violence faced by LGBTQ people with some statatics from the NCAVP’s latest report on the subject .
52 – The number of hate related homicides of LGBTQ people recorded by NCAVP last year. That’s an average of one a week – the highest single-incident number ever recorded by the group.
86 percent – The increase in single incident reports since 2016.
27 – The number of hate-related homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming people recorded.
24 – The number of those homicides in which the victim was a transgender woman or transfeminine person.
22 – The number who were transgender women of color, by far the group most often victimized.
71 – The percentage of victims who were people of color, be they transgender or cisgender.
77 – The number of total homicides recorded in 2016, including the mass killing of 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
67 – The percentage of victims who were under 35-years-old.
29 – The percentage of victims 25 and under.
59 – The percentage of homicides recorded that involved guns.
5 – The number of states accounting for over half the homicides. Those states are, in order of most LGBTQ homicides: New York, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida.