LGBT Americans more at risk for hate crimes than other minority groups

Members of the LGBT community are at greater risk of becoming victims of hate crimes than other minority groups in the United States, according to a New York Times analysis of crime figures from the FBI.  The numbers do not include the 49 people killed and 53 injured in last week’s attack in Orlando.

According to the Times, in 2014 hate crimes targeting the LGBT community reached a rate of almost 150 per 1,000,000 adults in 2015.  As such, LGBT people are twice as likely as African Americans to become victims of hate crimes, and slightly more likely than those of Jewish heritage.

Within the community, more black trans women were the victims of homicide than other groups.  According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 39 black trans women were killed from 2012-2015, compared to 11 black gay men, 11 white gay men, and 8 Hispanic trans women.  The coalition’s data comes from just twelve states, but is considered one of the most credible and comprehensive sources on the issue.

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