National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects Releases "A crisis of hate: Report on LGBTQ Hate Violence Homicides in 2017"

Highest number Ever Recorded: 52 Hate Violence Homicides Targeting LGBTQ and HIV affected people Recorded in 2016, A 86% Increase From 2016

New York, NY - January 22, 2018 - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) today released their annual national research report on hate violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. In August 2017, NCAVP recorded the highest number of anti-LGBTQ homicides in their 20-year history of tracking and released a mid-year report to raise awareness of this disturbing increase. Since the release of that report in August of 2017, the number of reported homicides continued to increase, reaching a total of 52 reported anti-LGBTQ homicides in all of 2017 – the highest number ever recorded and an 86% increase from 2016. 

Said Beverly Tillery, Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP): "This report is a wake-up call for all of us. Our communities live in an increasingly hostile and dangerous climate, after a year of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies coming from the White House, Federal government agencies, state and local sources and in our communities across the country. Anti-LGBTQ violence has long been a crisis, but NCAVP has watched the escalation of violence this past year with great concern. I urge everyone to read the stories and look at the photos of the 52 individuals lost to hate violence in 2017 – they are our friends, family, co-workers and fellow LGBTQ community members. NCAVP will continue to say their names and re-commits to doing all we can to prevent hate violence and support survivors. We must bring more attention and action to deal with this epidemic of violence and work across all of our diverse communities to protect those most vulnerable and stand up to the hostile forces that have created this unacceptable climate of hate."

Report summary:

The full report can be found here: and contains additional information and a narrative of each case recorded.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities.  NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change.  NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

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