Equally Blessed reaffirms our resolve to end violence, especially against the LGBTQ Latinx community

Pulse memorial fenceThe Equally Blessed Coalition stands with the Arcus Foundation, along with dozens of LGBTQ Latinx groups and other allies, to reaffirm our resolve to end violence against marginalized communities following the Orlando tragedy.

The LGBTQ Latinx community faces disturbing realities. As the U.S. Latinx population has grown, the incidence of hate crimes against Latinx people has risen disproportionately, tripling in one recent year. According to a study published last week by The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, murders of LGBTQ people in the United States increased by 20 percent between 2014 and 2015. NCAVP’s research on hate violence also shows that LGBTQ people experience violence not only by strangers, but in their everyday environments by employers, coworkers, landlords and neighbors. In addition, according to FBI records, crimes motivated by bias due to sexual orientation and gender identity represented the largest category of hate crimes (20 percent in 2015). Further, as documented by the FBI so far this year in the United States, there have been 14 murders of trans women reported, but the FBI data are assumed to be conservative given their dependence on accurate reporting. Full statement from the Arcus Foundation

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