1) LGBTQ people often do not report the violence they experience to the police, and when they do, they sometimes experience additional violence. In 2016, of the survivors who interacted with the police 66% said that the police were indifferent or hostile.
2) “Anti-LGBTQ hate violence doesn’t always fit the framework of a “hate crime,” but that doesn’t mean the effects of violence are any less difficult for survivors. Furthermore, LGBTQ communities cannot solely rely on hate crimes legislation and the criminal legal system, as this system is a source of violence and criminalization for many in our communities,” said Stacie Vecchietti at the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. “We must move beyond defining hate violence solely through the lens of hate crimes, and expand the possibilities available for healing and justice.”
4) Nearly a fifth of the 5,462 so-called single-bias hate crimes reported to the F.B.I. in 2014 were because of the target’s sexual orientation, or, in some cases, their perceived orientation. Ironically, part of the reason for violence against L.G.B.T. people might have to do with a more accepting attitude toward gays and lesbians in recent decades, say people who study hate crimes. As the majority of society becomes more tolerant of L.G.B.T. people, some of those who are opposed to them become more radical, said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
5) A recent investigation by The Associated Press found that thousands of city police and county sheriff’s departments had not filed a single hate crime report to the F.B.I. between 2009 and 2014
6) Homicides resulting from anti-LGBT hate crimes saw an 86% spike, from 28 in 2016 to 52 in 2017). The Trump administration’s anti-LGBT policies have coincided with numerous violent attacks.