Report: Anti-LGBT violence surged in 2017

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2017 was the deadliest year on record for LGBT Americans, according to a report released by the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

The group’s annual ” Crisis of Hate” report found an 86 percent increase last year in the number of homicides of LGBT and HIV-infected individuals from 2016, a total of 52 reported incidents.

The report’s results include the death of Kiwi Herring, 30, who was shot to death by St. Louis police in August of 2017 after an altercation with a neighbor resulting from “escalating discrimination and harassment from neighbors,” according to group.

Transgender women and cisgender men made up the majority of the victims, at 40 and 38 percent, respectively. The sharpest increase in the group’s year-to-year data involved homicides of “queer, bi, or gay cisgender men,” which rose from 4 reported homicides in 2016 to 20 last year.

Another group seeing rising violence last year was transgender Americans, who were the victims of 27 hate-related homicides last year, compared to 19 the year before.

“For too long, legislators have not taken meaningful or effective steps to address the increase of hate violence in this country,” the group writes in the report’s summary.

“We ask that people call their representatives and ask them what they will do right now to proactively address hate violence and ensure that their communities are safe and affirming for LGBTQ people.”

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