Submitted by Steven Kaszab
More than 600 LGBTQ-identifying people have been killed in acts of violence in the USA and Puerto Rico since October 12th 1998. A gallop poll estimates that 4.1 percent of 10 million Americans are identified as LGBTQ, while America’s Federal Data Lists sexual orientation as a factor in only one reported hate crime in 2016. 67 violent deaths of LGBTQ People in the same year happened. 28 of these were victims in the Pulse Nightclub shooting alone. These numbers suggest that the real number of LGBTQ victims remains hidden by our government agencies, hoping to deny that LGBTQ Citizens are victims of hate crimes in America, trying to blame other reasons for the violence.
Transgender and gender non conforming people are in danger Globally.
Joe Rose (Gay Canadian beaten and stabbed to death on a bus in Montreal.
Ukea Davis(18) Transgender shot to death
Stephanie Thomas(19) Transgender Shot to death
Felicia Moreno(25) Transgender shot to death
Michael Scott Goucher (21) Gay stabbed 45 times
Rosa Avina(27) Lesbian burnt to death
Muhadh /ishmael (17) Kenyan Beaten to death
Frank Yazzie (Gay Navajo) cut in half and stuffed into two bags
Zella Ziona (21) trans woman of color shot to death
Amancay Diana Sacayan Argentians Trans Woman murdered
Amber Munroe (20) Transgender woman murdered
Shira Banki (16) Israeli stabbed to death
Francela Mendez (29) El Salvadoran murdered by group of men
Cameron Langrell (teenager) took her own life after being bullied at school
Jennifer Laude (26) Philippine Trans Woman murdered by a man she just met at a disco.
Thembelihie Sokhela (28) Soth African lesbian suffocated to death after being raped.
Paulo Henrique Alves (47) Brazilian Gay man burned alive on side of road.
Pedro Araujo(52) Brazilian man murdered because he was gay.
Delon Melville (26) Guyanese Man murdered because he showed “effeminate behavior”.
Kenya 2013 @ 103 men, women and trans people were murdered in mass killings by enemies who felt their behavior was disrespectful to their families.
To get to 445 murders the stats excluded killers that killed romantic partners or former romantic partners. Hate crimes are on the rise. Victimhood for LGBTQ Community Members too. Law Enforcement Professionals are out of their league, unable or unwilling to understand, protect and be a part of the greater LGBTQ Community. While Law enforcement should be dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable communities, and the LGBTQ Community is one of these, the Justice Department does not take hate crimes seriously enough. Law Enforcement Officers and Officials do not empathize with, understand nor sympathize with this community. The huge and uncertain death toll is in part due to a violent backlash against social progressions like same sex marriages and expanded acceptance of the LGBTQ Communities influence and success.
Anti-discrimination laws born from civil rights movement have shined the light of justice upon ugly racial discrimination. Such laws need to do the same thing for the LGBTQ and other Communities.
Nations in the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere need to repeal any bans on gay sex, like Trinidad and Tobago did in 2018. There are nations that still have laws where sex between two consenting adults of the same sex can be punishable by 25 years in prison, black balling a person because of his sexuality, and while many of these laws are not enforced they still have a chilling oppressive effect upon our neighbors within the LGBTQ Community. Sodomy Laws Discrimination still holds many to account because of the influence and fear amplified by HIV/AIDS and prejudice. In Antigua “buggery” is still punishable by 15 years in prison. or up to 5 years if committed by a minor. Barbados has laws that punish same sex relationships with ten years to life, one of the harshest in the Caribbean. These laws are still on the books. In Dominica anal sex is punishable by 10 years in prison. “Gross indecency’ is what it is called.
In Japan many transgender people prefer to be labeled with a disorder like “gender identity disorder” a person who would like to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex. “Simply if a boy wants to wear a skirt, let him wear a shirt”. Japanese Culture is often viewed as more accepting of gender explorations and expression. However a strong “deprogramming movement exists with Japanese and Asian society, very similar to what The LGBTQ Community experiences in the west.
Being a member of The LGBTQ Community is something to be proud of, and cannot be hidden in the closet as it once was not so long ago. Societies moral judgmental laws are changing as our society evolves, and what was once oppressive, prejudicial and hateful is hopefully becoming a thing of the past. Members of the LGBTQ Community tell each other they are loved, even though there still is a stigma attached to this love.
Only honesty, a love for personal freedom and global empathy can change our ways, diminishing the power that hate, fear and ignorance have upon us all.