Snapshot: transgender hate crimes 

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Hate crime: a rough sketch

"Transgender street youth are one of the least studied populations of sexually exploited youth. Only a few studies exist that provide beginning estimates of their number (San Francisco Human Rights Commission, 1994; Xavier, 2000) but, unfortunately, even these studies do not provide estimates of the number of such youth living on the streets at the present time. However, and on the basis of both

consultations with knowledgeable experts and transgender youth living on the streets, we have put a "place holder" number of 3,000 in the table, albeit their numbers across the country are believed to be much higher."

Richard J. Estes and Neil Alan Weiner, "The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the U.S., Canada and Mexico" University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002.

2010 hate crimes

Note: Officials caution against comparing crime stats between cities or states because of variations in reporting patterns. Actual occurrences of hate crimes are likely undercounted but these reports provide some documentation. These figures, as collected in the FBI's unified crime reports, are offered as a brief snapshot but not a complete picture of the issue.

Indianapolis* / Statewide

Race: 30 / 57
Religion: 2 / 12


Orientation: 7 / 12

Ethnicity: 4 / 17

Disability: 0 / 0

*From a reporting population base of 822,211


The FBI received 6,624 reports of single-bias hate crimes in 2010. The percentage breakdown attributed to particular biases is as follows:

Race: 47.3
Religion: 20


Orientation: 19.3

Ethnicity: 12.8

Disability: 0.6

The 1,277 incidents recorded nationally pertaining to hate crimes thought to be based on sexual orientation include 1,470 separate documented offenses against 1,528 victims perpetuated by at least 1,516 known offenders.

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Advocates' estimates

-At least one transgender person is murdered every month; several more are assaulted.

-55 percent of transgender youth report being physically attacked.

-Nearly hald of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.

-More than half of transgender and gender non-conforming people who were bullied, harassed or assaulted in school because of their gender have attempted suicide.

Note: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

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