NJ hate crime incidents were very high in 2017
According to a study done by security.org using the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crimes Report, a large percentage of sexual orientation and gender identity attacks occurred in New Jersey. At a rate of 0.57 incidents per 100,000 people, the report places the Garden State as the 11th highest rate of bias-based crimes on a population basis.
Following a historic surge in reported hate crimes from 2016 to 2017, the FBI reported that bias crimes remain on the rise nationwide. The annual Hate Crime Statistics report compiles bias incidents reported to the FBI by over 16,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.
7,120 hate crime incidents were reported in 2018. The LGBTQ community experienced an increase of 6% since 2017. 184 of those hate crimes involve anti-transgender bias and 27 against gender non-conforming individuals. 16.7% of the overall hate crimes were because of sexual-orientation and 2.2% because of gender identity bias.
“As our culture grows more and more divisive, fueled largely by an anti-LGBTQ White House, a permission slip has been given for some Americans to act on their worst instincts and to target others,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement.
“This report should sound an alarm that we all must do better to create a country where marginalized communities are safe and protected against hate violence,” said Ellis. “Violent hate crimes against LGBTQ people are a pervasive issue that needs to be addressed by politicians and law enforcement in a bipartisan and urgent way.”
Since taking office in 2017 as President, Donald Trump and his administration have been behind over 100 anti-LGBT attacks with 43 of those in 2019 alone. A more sobering statistic this year has been the horrific spike in the violent deaths of transgender woman, especially black transgender women. 22 transgender women have been murdered through either shooting or other violent means, with four of those women dying in Texas.