Update of Lawlessness and Violence

Civil Unrest, Lawlessness, Violence: LGBTQ-hate violence increased during Pride month.

Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can be interpreted that lawlessness and violence shall abound, including at the civil level.

Civil Unrest, Lawlessness, Violence: LGBTQ-hate violence increased during Pride month.

Elinor Aspegren. USA TODAY•August 16, 2019

Twenty-two anti-LGBTQ protests, two deaths in detention and 14 murders — all in about nine weeks this summer. 

The U.S. National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released a report Wednesday which detailed an uptick in hate violence against LGBTQ people during Pride Month. 

“For many of us Pride is a time for celebration, a time to honor our roots in the Stonewall Rebellion, and a reminder of the important legislative and cultural victories that are worth celebrating,” Beverly Tillery, the New York executive director of NCAVP, said in a statement on the group’s website.

The organization works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities.

This Pride season, we were reminded over and over again of the violence that plagues our community, particularly transgender members of the community,” Tillery said.

The 22 homicides that took place from May 15 to July 15 included 7 homicides of black trans women. Two trans women of color died while in detention, reported NCAVP.

While violence directed at trans people peaked in 2017 with 29 slain, 2018 showed a decrease with 26 deaths. 

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The report’s findings reflect the increase in violence in the U.S. immigration and criminal systems, as well as growing backlash of many far right groups against the LGBTQ community.

Director of Communications for NCAVP Eliel Cruz added that a “collective combination of systemic, cultural, and [institutional] forms of oppression manifesting itself in often fatal violence against LGBTQ people.”

The report comes weeks after the approval of a Straight Pride parade in Boston, which was met with criticism as many called it a clear dig against LGTBQ pride parades.

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