Violence and abuse targeting LGBTQ+ is a pattern of hostility, intimidation, or physical violence directed at people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. This type of violence can occur between family members, fellow students, or strangers on the street.
The abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual assault, emotional abuse, financial abuse, hate speech, and even murder. It is important to remember that LGBTQ+ people are not responsible for the violence directed at them. No one deserves to be attacked because of prejudice, fear, or hatred.
LGBTQ+ violence is often motivated by bias or hatred towards LGBTQ+ people, and it can have a profound impact on victims. In addition to the physical and emotional damage caused by the violence itself, LGBTQ+ victims of violence may also experience feelings of isolation, fear, and mistrust.
They may also be reluctant to seek help from law enforcement or other agencies due to concerns about being further victimized or discriminated against. As a result of all these factors, LGBTQ+ victims of violence often have nowhere to turn for help. This leaves them vulnerable to further abuse and can prevent them from getting the support they need to heal from the trauma of the violence.
Because of the attitudes in society in previous generations, many older members of the LGBTQ+ community may have spent the majority of their lives concealing their identity to avoid harassment. Today, while many live a more accepting and tolerant time, and younger LGBTQ+ may experience more freedoms, BIPOC members may still experience racism on top of all the other challenges they face on a daily basis. 11, 12