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Donald Trump stands by as anti-LGBT murders reach record high

Josh Jackman January 26, 2018
US President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Israel's Prime Minister on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland, on January 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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Anti-LGBT homicides increased last year to unprecedented levels – and President Donald Trump’s policies are reportedly partly to blame.

There were 52 hate-related homicides of LGBT people last year in the US, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programmes (NCAVP).

This represented a huge 86 percent increase from 2016.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump listens to a speaker during a working dinner with European business leaders during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, eastern Switzerland, on January 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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The group’s annual Crisis of Hate report does not include the Orlando mass shooting, which saw 49 people lose their lives inside a gay nightclub in June 2016.

Of the 52 hate-related murders recorded by NCAVP, more than half of the victims – 27 – were transgender.

This was the highest number of trans people killed in a single year on record.

Jaquarrius Holland, Ally Steinfeld, Stephanie Montez and Scout Schultz
Jaquarrius Holland, Ally Steinfeld, Stephanie Montez and Scout Schultz

In 2016, the organisation received 19 reports of trans people being murdered in hate crimes.

Of last year’s victims, 22 were trans women of colour.

The report stated that: “for the last five years, the NCAVP has documented a consistent and steadily rising number of reports of homicides of trans women of colour, which continued into 2017.”

Derricka Banner, trans homicide victim

This intersectional prejudice was represented across the board – 71 percent of the victims were people of colour.

The NCAVP also noted that a five-fold increase in reports of homicides of queer, bisexual or gay cisgender men.

There were 20 reports last year, compared to four in 2016.

The report’s authors blamed Trump for the spike.

US President Donald Trump makes his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump is heading to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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They said the data was being released “during a time when our communities are witnessing the few civil rights protections and policies being rolled back and discrimination being instituted into law”.

Trump has consistently worked to undermine and destroy protections for LGBT people since becoming President last year.

Among many hateful acts, he has tried to ban trans people from the military, appointed an anti-LGBT Supreme Court justice and endorsed a Republican who wants to make gay sex illegal.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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He has also nominated an Army Secretary who said trans people were diseased, proposed slashing HIV AIDS funding and signed an order permitting anti-LGBT discrimination at work.

And last week, it was revealed that his administration was set to allow health workers to reject trans patients based on their religious beliefs.

The report’s authors continued with a call to action.

Chyna Gibson, a trans homicide victim

“For too long, legislators have not taken meaningful or effective steps to address the increase of hate violence in this country,” they said.

“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.

Jaquarrius Holland, a trans homicide victim

“The time for addressing this crisis of violence is now.”

The news comes after polling confirmed a backslide in support for LGBT rights for the first time in US history.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Donald Trump stands in the colonnade as he is introduced to speak to March for Life participants and pro-life leaders in the Rose Garden at the White House on January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. The annual march takes place around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court decision that came on January 22, 1974. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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GLAAD and The Harris Poll found that less than half of adults – 49 percent – reported being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven situations.

This was a decline from 53 percent last year, and the first time the Accelerating Acceptance report has shown a drop in acceptance for LGBTQ people.

More: Donald Trump, hate crimes, homicides, murder, ncavp, Politics, Transgender, US, US

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