Washington, DC – The State of Washington ranks as the 10th worst for anti-LGBTQ violence in the country, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
According to the report, Washington, D.C., is the most anti-gay city in the United States, with 32 violent anti- LGBTQ crimes per 100,000 residents.
In addition, there are approximately 4,600 incidents of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which translates into an average of over 300 hate crimes per year.
is the only state in the U.S. to experience an increase in hate crimes since 2016, according the ACLU report.
In 2016, Washington D.O.C. experienced an average increase in anti- LGBTQ violence of 8.5%.
The year prior, the city experienced an increase of nearly 4.5%, and in 2015 it saw an average decrease of 6.7%.
The report states that the majority of the attacks were motivated by homophobia and transphobia, with one in three hate crimes being motivated by bias.
The report also finds that there is a significant disparity between the number of hate crimes committed by people who identify as LGBTQ, as opposed to people who do not identify as such.
The report states the vast majority of hate crime cases are motivated by an anti-gender identity bias, or the person was victimized because of a sexual orientation or gender identity.
The most common hate crime in Washington, and the only one of the 10 worst for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the state, was the 2014 shooting of a transgender woman at a restaurant.
The attack was captured on a cell phone video.
The victim was a woman, and police have since stated that she was transgender.
In 2015, the state saw a rise in hate-based assaults against LGBTQ people and allies, as well as attacks on people of color, transgender people, and members of the trans community.
In addition to being the 10 th worst state for anti LGBT violence, Washington also has the second-highest percentage of violent LGBTQ hate crimes against non-transgender people, at 19%.
According to Washington State Department of Health data, there have been approximately 8,800 anti- transgender crimes in Washington since 2016.
This is a 41% increase over the 7,000 hate crimes in 2015.
Washington also continues to have one of highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the nation, and a high rate of incarceration for transgender people.
The state also has a high number of anti- HIV and anti-trans hate crimes, with a disproportionate number targeting transgender women of color.
Washington State has the fifth-highest rate of anti HIV and transgender hate crimes of any state in America, with nearly a quarter of its people living with HIV or AIDS.
In the 2017 report, the ACLU called on the state to pass anti-discrimination protections for transgender students, to enact anti-bullying and anti transphobic policies, and to expand its HIV and AIDS awareness and services.