June 5, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Annual hate crimes report released
anti-violence, hate crime, Greenwich Village, Mark Carson, gay news, Washington Blade

Thousands of people marched in New York City in response to the rash of hate crimes and Mark Carson’s murder. (Photo courtesy of Karlo)

NEW YORK—The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects on Tuesday released its annual report on anti-LGBT hate crimes and bias crimes.

The report noted 2,016 reported incidents of violence motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation and gender identity in 2012, which is comparable to numbers found in previous years. NCAVP said 25 LGBT people were murdered over the last year, which is the fourth highest yearly total it has recorded since it began to issue annual reports in 1996.

The organization reported transgender women, people of color and gay men remain more likely to suffer what it described as “severe violence.”

NCAVP issued its report slightly more than two weeks after Elliot Morales allegedly shot gay Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Mark Carson to death on a Manhattan street. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was among the thousands who marched through Greenwich Village on May 22 to condemn Carson’s murder and a spate of other anti-LGBT attacks that had taken place in the city in the previous weeks.

“Though the recent spate of hate violence incidents in New York City has captured the media’s attention, this report demonstrates that severe acts of violence against gay men, transgender people and LGBTQ people of color are, unfortunately, not unique to Manhattan,” Chai Jindasurat, NCAVP coordinator at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, said.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • And if Mayor Gray’s MPD would stop hiding its arrest and case closure statistics from the public, DC’s LGBTs could better protect themselves– and maybe even help catch some of DC’s hate crimes perpetrators who are still free as birds.

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