US: Murders of LGBT and HIV-positive people in the US rise 11% in 2014

Homicides targeting LGBTQ and HIV-positive people rose by 11% in the US last year, making 2014 the deadliest year for people in those communities since 2012, according to a report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. While the report shows that non-lethal attacks against LGBTQ and HIV-positive people has decreased, transgender women of color were still found to be at high risk of murder.

The report, which drew from data across 14 states, comes after a transgender woman was thrown on to subway tracks in NYC, the same week Caitlyn Jenner introduced her new identity as a transgender woman to the world, to a largely positive reception.

“This year, the report reconfirms some of the trends we’ve seen for multiple years and that includes a high number of homicides,” said Chai Jindasurat, co-director of community organizing and public advocacy. Read More