number crunching

Just 22 Anti-LGBT Murders In 2009?

It is not “funny haha,” but it is “funny, ’cause shit that’s messed up”: The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ counted just 22 murders in 2009 in the United States that resulted from anti-LGBT bias. That figure can’t even be close to accurate.

Not only are crime stats notoriously under-reported, but as you would assume, many police departments across the nation don’t even collect data about queer-related bias in violent crimes, thus making these sorts of statistics unreliable at best, laughable at worst. But NCAVP does note “79 percent were people of color and 50 percent of them identified as trans women. And while these figures represent a 30 percent decrease from 2008, they remain the second highest the NCAVP has reported over the last decade.”

The figures include the savage murder of Jorge Steven López Mercado in Puerto Rico; 2010’s numbers will count this month’s shooting murder of another Puerto Rican, a trans woman.