The National LGBTQ+ Youth Town Hall promotes an intersectional approach to queer political culture. Intersectionality describes the way in which systematic networks of “oppression such as race, class, gender, and sexuality simultaneously structure social relations” (Meyer 2011, 3). Transgender people and racial minorities are disproportionately victimized by violence in comparison to white, cisgender people within the LGBTQ community. Intercessions of intolerance against gender and racial minorities make transgender women the most vulnerable bias-motivated physical and sexual violence. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), 72% of bias-motivated homicide victims in 2013 were transgender women, while “67% of victims of homicide were transgender women of color”. Further research indicates that transgender people are “3.7 times more likely to experience police violence compared to cisgender survivors and victims”. Police violence against transgender victims of hate crimes leads to overall distrust of law enforcement, contributing to the systematic underreporting of bias-motivated violence.
Buist, C. L., & Stone, C. (2014). Transgender Victims and Offenders: Failures of the United States Criminal Justice system and the Necessity of Queer Criminology. Critical Criminology, 22(1), 35-47.
Meyer, D. (2011). Intersecting Systems of Oppression: Race, Class, and Gender Differences among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Hate Crime Victims. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (2013). Hate Violence Against Transgender Communities.