The LGBTQ community faces violence every day. Trans people, immigrants, and people of color often face pervasive violence. The frequency and intensity of violence has increased in many communities, including the LGBTQ community, after the 2016 election of Mr. Trump to the Presidency. Violence against communities can be perpetuated by individuals or by intuitions.
This form of violence is carried out between people – both individuals and groups of people.
Hate crimes are often the first form of violence that people think of when they think of violence against the LGBTQ community. Hate crimes are a form of interpersonal violence. This type of violence is often attributed to personal or group homophobia or transphobia.
People who challenge heteronormative ideas about gender and sexual orientation are most at risk for this type of violence. Trans people, trans people of color, and gender non-conforming people are often most at risk for these types of attacks.
Domestic violence can take many forms from intimate partner violence to family violence. LGBTQ individuals and families are as susceptible to these forms of violence as the heterosexual community. It is imperative that domestic violence shelters and programs are just as capable of and willing to help in cases of domestic violence that involve LGBTQ people.
As with all domestic violence, people who are most vulnerable are often at risk for this form of violence. As such Trans people, people living in poverty, women, young people, and gender non-conforming people are at high risk for this type of violence.
Institutional and Systemic Violence
This form of violence is carried out by institutions in our society, often by those with authority.
There are many forms of state sanctioned violence. Police brutality is one of the most prevalent and forms of state sanctioned violence. This type of violence is pervasive for many POC communities, including the LGBTQ members of those communities. We must hold police and other law enforcement accountable for their actions in regard to our community. It is always a failure of duty when a police officer kills or harms someone. This form of violence is systemic and requires not just retraining of individuals, but also requires reimagining the role of police in our daily lives and in society.
Abuse by Immigration Officials
Immigration officers are frequently reported as abusing and brutalizing LGBTQ people in immigration detention facilities. LGBTQ immigrants are subjected to inhumane conditions while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is not uncommon for these conditions to be so inhumane that immigrants die while in custody. This form of violence will not be solved by reform or training, it is necessary to dismantle the existing systems and reimagine what role a government agency should play in regard to immigration laws.