Snapshot: transgender hate crimes


Hate crime: a rough


"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* /


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



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