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Tennessee Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Up Dramatically

tbiThe Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released statistics on May 28 showing a massive spike in 2008 hate crimes in the Volunteer State, up 38% over 2007.  While the largest number of bias-related crimes was against African Americans (a number actually slightly down from 2007), the second largest percentage of violent attacks was against members of the sexual minority–11.8% of the total for 2008.  Reported acts of hate violence against LGBT people in Tennessee increased just a whisker shy of 13% over the previous year.  The entire report in .pdf format may be viewed by going to the TBI website.  The largest category of hate crimes in the 2008 report was bias crimes of unknown motivation.  The numbers of anti-LGBT hate crimes almost certainly will rise when more of these crimes yield evidence about the class or group against whom they were perpetrated.  The Unfinished Lives Project has previously highlighted the steep rise in attacks on transgender women of color in Memphis.  Representative of these brutal crimes was the killing of Duanna Johnson of Memphis, who was murdered in November 2008 after lodging a $1.3 million dollar lawsuit against the city for a savage beating police gave her which was caught on a jailhouse camera earlier in the year.

June 1, 2009 - Posted by | anti-LGBT hate crime murder, Bisexual persons, gay men, Hate Crime Statistics, Lesbian women, Racism | , , , ,

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  1. […] is the 5th trans woman, 4 of whom were African American twoc, to be shot in the area in 2 years. Hate crimes in the state have gone up 38% this year and slightly less than half of that increase is against GLBTQ people. As Memphis Trans […]

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