Hate crimes against LGBT individuals up 13 percent, report says

Violent crimes committed against LGBT people in the United States was up 13 percent, according to a new report on 2010 hate crimes issued by a coalition of anti-hate groups around the country.

The report shows the increase in hate crimes committed against people for their perceived sexuality, gender identity and HIV status in 2010 over 2009. In 2010 the number of deaths related to hate crimes against LGBT people jumped to 27, up from 22 in 2009. Of those killed, 70 percent were minorities and 44 percent were transgender women. The attacks also showed a higher level of brutality than in previous years.

“The trends will not change without raising awareness of this brutality and taking affirmative steps to address transphobia,” Jake Finney, project manager with the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, one of the groups participating in the study, told the Los Angeles Times.

The number of murders is the second highest since the group began recording the numbers in 1996. The number of murders was 29 in both 1999 and 2008. Not all of the crimes were classified as hate crimes by police, but the group is urging more law enforcement to recognize the hate bias.

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