Why Are You Gonna Die in a Gay Bar?
By Alexi MolloyThe world is full of people who have survived being shot by a loved one, or stabbed by a neighbor.
In the gay bar scene, though, the odds of that happening to you are much higher.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), a nonprofit organization that tracks sexual and gender violence in the gay and lesbian community, released a report on Thursday that showed that in the last five years, more than 700 gay and bisexual men and women have been killed in intimate partner violence (IPV) in the United States.
The number of reported cases is not a good indicator of whether an incident actually occurred.
Instead, the NGLTF report notes that, “data collected through the National Homicide Victims Survey and other sources suggest that a significant number of LGBT men and trans people are victims of IPV in the U.S.”
The task force, which has also collected data on the prevalence of intimate partner homicide, concluded that in 2014, about a third of LGBT people had been victims of an IPV attack.
They found that the rate was nearly six times higher among trans people than heterosexual people, and two-thirds of those who had been murdered in the previous year had been trans.
That’s a significant jump from the 15 percent of people killed by their partner in 2014 who were trans.
“When you consider the fact that there are only about 1,000 reported deaths of LGBT persons per year in the US, that’s an epidemic that is going to take a lot of work to address,” said Rachelle Tansley, who heads the NLSF.
“There’s a lot more work to do.”
In the past, the LGBT community has struggled to acknowledge the existence of IPLV.
The first documented case of an LGBT victim being murdered in public came in 2014 when the Washington Post revealed that a trans woman in the Washington area had been killed by her boyfriend, who had reportedly attacked her.
According to the Post, the boyfriend was arrested after a 911 call was placed.
That case, and many others, have only highlighted the need for more research into IPV.
Tansley noted that, in 2014 and 2015, “the only public data we had was the Washington Times and the Washington Blade.”
The Washington Blade had previously reported that the majority of LGBT homicides occurred in private homes.
It was also the only local paper that reported on the death of a transgender woman.
In 2016, a local TV station aired an investigation into the case of a man who died of an apparent suicide at his home.
The story showed that the victim had been stabbed twice.
But because the victim was gay, his death was only recognized as IPLW, a term that describes the act of inflicting severe emotional distress.
In the report, Tansie noted that the LGBT Community has made progress in the past decade.
There are now more than 6,000 LGBT organizations and advocacy groups, with more than 3,000 trans-inclusive organizations.
Tansies research found that there were also more than 1,300 trans-related organizations.
But the NSLTF report said that, with the addition of the transgender community, “there are now no more than three trans-specific trans-focused LGBT organizations that can be counted on to report IPV cases.”
In a separate report, the task force said that “while the public has a responsibility to understand the impact of violence, it is imperative that they also understand the extent to which they are being protected by laws, policies, and practices that protect LGBT persons from violent crime and discrimination.”
It’s a problem that many people don’t fully grasp, Tunsley said.
“When people think of gay people, they think of people in drag or drag queens,” she said.
The stigma associated with those identities and sexualities are “really damaging for LGBT people.”
For some people, the fear of death is what they’re going through, she said, adding that, on average, the rate of HIV diagnoses among trans women is one-third higher than for their heterosexual counterparts.
“There is a very clear gap between how we see trans people and the way we see ourselves,” Tansy said.
In addition to the research, Tinsley said that there needs to be more focus on how to prevent and respond to sexual violence.
It’s important to remember that people who are sexually assaulted are the ones who are going to suffer, Tingsley said, noting that, unlike other victims, victims of sexual violence don’t feel they can leave the situation, and “they are really not able to.”
Tansly said that a recent study by the University of Washington found that sexual assault rates are often underestimated, even when they’re higher than the national average.
In addition, she pointed out that, according to the U of T, trans women are twice as likely as cis women to experience some form of sexual harassment.
“In this country,