Murder Calls Attention to LGBT Violence and Hate Crimes
The recent shooting of Kendall Hampton, a 26-year old s*x worker in Cincinnati, has led to calls for awareness of violence against members of the LGBT community. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is calling for investigations to see if this was a hate crime.
NCAVP has been notified of nine murders of transgender or non-gender conforming people this year so far. According to a report by the organization, there were 30 documented murders of people in the LGBTQH community, which is the highest number ever documented by the group.
Hampton was found in a parking lot last week after being shot by a gunman who has not yet been arrested. According to the NCAVP, 87% of the reported hate-murder crimes of people in the LGBT community are people of color.
LGBT violence has received increased attention this year after President Barack Obama openly supported gay marriage. This has had an impact across the board, leading to calls for greater sensitivity to the gay community. Hate crimes are included in the call, and some are demanding stronger legislation.
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