Increased LGBT visibility and legal rights over the last decade have come with increased percentage of hate crimes perpetuated against LGBTQ individuals — it went up from 31 to 36 percent over the last decade.
While there’s some disagreement over the number of hate crimes happening each year — particularly because of differing data-collection methods — the number has steadily risen from 225,000 to 300,000, and an increasing number are following several disturbing trends: they’re not being reported, the reported ones are not resulting in arrests, they’re increasingly violent, and they’re being carried out by “lone wolves” in homes and public areas.
All of this is pretty much a bummer. The only good news we can give you is that over the last five years, the number of active hate groups in the U.S. has declined from 1,018 in 2011 to 784. That, and the realization that poorer areas in the U.S. with higher rates of unemployment and poverty tend to experience more hate crimes, meaning that the solution to ending hate crimes, may be economic rather than purely socio- and psycological.
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