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miércoles, 14 de junio de 2017

The LGBT PRIDE Act Would Combat Violence, Suicide in LGBTQ Community

The LGBT PRIDE Act Would Combat Violence, Suicide in LGBTQ Community
- Today, openly gay New York Representative Sean Maloney introduced the Provide a Requirement to Improve Data Collection Efforts (PRIDE) Act, which calls on the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) to improve the process of data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity of victims who face violent deaths, including bias-motivated violence and suicide. The CDC operates the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), which collects a wide range of data on victims of violent crimes. The PRIDE Act would authorize $25 million to fund those efforts.
Improved data collection is urgently needed as LGBTQ people -- not just in Orlando, but across the country -- face a plethora of issues including racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia that leaves them disproportionately more vulnerable to violence.
Reports continue to mount of black trans women being shot, stabbed and killed in violent altercations. So far, a dozen transgender women of color were murdered this year. In 2016, advocates tracked 22 deaths of transgender homicides, the highest rate ever recorded.