Posted by: Catherine Lugg | July 13, 2011

Anti-Queer Violence Increases in 2010

According to a report just released by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, LGBTQH people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and HIV positive people), experienced a 13% increase in hate-related violence (2009 to 2010), with murders rising 23%. Furthermore, transgendered women and LGBTQH people of color were at far greater risk for violence. Furthermore, 61% of survivors who reported being victimized reported that they were treated with police indifference and/or hostility.

Clearly, 2010 was a brutal year for anti-queer violence. The queer youth suicides were just one aspect of a frightening larger picture. But when we have politicians running on anti-queer platforms (I’m looking at you Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum), they add to the anti-queer poison already in the environment.

I’m not too hopeful about this year or the next. The lousy economy fuels the need for cultural scapegoats. And I suspect queers are becoming “prime suspects.”

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