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July 18th, 2011
70% Of LGBT Hate Crime Victims Are Minorities

You may recall that 62% of hate crimes are committed against Latinos, or that hate crimes in Washington, D.C. are increasingly against Latinos, and now a new report shows that in cases of LGBT hate crimes, Latinos are also more likely to be victims. Colorlines reported:

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released its annual report on hate violence motivated by sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV status last week. The report documents 27 anti-LGBT murders in 2010, which is the second highest annual total recorded since 1996. A whopping 70 percent of these 27 victims were people of color; 44 percent of them were transgender women.

The study also found that transgender people and people of color are each twice as likely to experience violence or discrimination as non-transgender white people. Transgender people of color are also almost 2.5 times as likely to experience discrimination as their white peers.

These tragic stats harken back to an earlier post we had today, in which it was noted that words have consequences — and when those words are filled with hate, the consequences can be violent and devastating.

Follow Sara Inés Calderón on Twitter @SaraChicaD

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