Rainbow crosswalks located on Broadway installed in 2016 to support the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach (Kristen Naeem | Signal Tribune)
Rainbow crosswalks located on Broadway installed in 2016 to support the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach

Kristen Naeem | Signal Tribune

Long Beach ranks among top 20 U.S cities with high anti-LGBTQ+ incidents, new report shows

September 10, 2019

Kristen Naeem | Signal Tribune
Rainbow crosswalks located on Broadway installed in 2016 to support the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach

A report released Tuesday from Security.org, a security-research and consultancy company, ranked California as the No. 7 state in the nation with the highest hate crimes against LGBTQ+ individuals.

The data was collected using FBI reports on various hate crimes from 2013 to 2019, the organization said. The study claims that hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community have been rising for the last four years.

The report cited an article from the Human Rights Campaign, which reported that 11 black transgender individuals were murdered in the first half of 2019, and 26 were killed in 2018.

The Security.org study also claims that the LGBTQ+ community nearly makes up 12% of all recorded hate crimes, placing the group as the most targeted group, followed by Jewish people at 7.7%, Muslims at 6.7%, Native Americans at 4.4%, black people at 4%, Hispanics at .8% and white people at .3%.

The study also ranked Long Beach as the No. 11 city with the highest anti-LGBTQ+ incidents. Los Angeles ranked 4th highest.

Chart showing 15 highest and 15 lowest cities with anti-LGBTQ+ incidents per 100,000 people

“It may no longer be a crime in this country to be gay, but hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people are on the rise, and members of that community are now the most likely of any group to be victims of hate-motivated attacks. For those who are LGBTQ+, that probably doesn’t feel like progress,” Security.org stated in the conclusion of its study.


3 Responses to “Long Beach ranks among top 20 U.S cities with high anti-LGBTQ+ incidents, new report shows”

  1. Norm on September 11th, 2019 2:47 am

    Libelous? You might want to start with this malicious misrepresentation of Long Beach. So Long Beach is both one of the best and worst gay friendly cities in the nation. At the same time. Hmm. Schizo more like it. Long Beach Pride ranks as the 4th top travel destinations for Gay Pride events. Long Beach repeatedly scores perfect 100’s for policies and laws for LGBTQ residents and employees*. But like all victim groups in this country, there’s a lot of money to be made and power and influence gained remaining a member of the eternal victim club. You fail to mention the race, gender, relationship to the victim these hate crime murderers are. How can these be considered hate crimes. Here’s the irony, the LGBTQ orgs., LGBTQ travel agencies, magazines, LGBTQ community in LB, the Mayor Garcia (gay) are responsible for whatever violence the LGBTQ have suffered by misrepresenting LB as safe, gay friendly, top 10 nationally ranked best city for the LGBTQ community. Right? I’m serious.
    The non-existent White nationalists hate literature (also non-existent) weren’t the ones ranking Long Beach in the top 5 or 10 in the nation Best LGBTQ cities to live and work in creating some false sense of security for the LGBTQ community. Last thing. Prominent LGBTQ advocate Nikki Joly’s Detroit area house burned down in 2017 triggering the FBI to investigate as a hate crime. Joly blamed racist, anti-LGBTQ people for the crime. Well come to find out Joly, a transgender man burned his own house down. Why you ask? He was angry about the fact that Detroit’s recent Pride event went great without a hitch. That was a serious problem for Joly. He was so angry because the LGBTQ community and events ARE welcomed by the city and are no longer controversial or face opposition. Get it now. This transgender man couldn’t accept acceptance. Being a victim comes with perks apparently like empathy from others, the ability to blame your problems and faults on straight white males as anti-everything and ultimately burning your own house down because without victimhood and the benefits he receives his life would be over. Well thankfully he was busted and this lying, transgender felon and prominent LGBTQ advocate won’t be able to spread real hate against straight (white) males unless it’s from his prison cell. I’m sure that will go well for him.

    I believe you have a duty to the citizens of Long Beach, especially straight people because they’re the ones blamed for hate crimes. It just dawned on me. Signal Hill Tribune. Damn I just wasted my time hoping your crack investigative reporters would look into this schizo rankings. I love Signal Hill. Played baseball at Spud Field many times growing up. I also remember Ron Settles. Heck I live on Hill St. 90806. Anyways edit your own libelous articles before wrongly believing my comments could be libelous

    *Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Equality Federation Institute. Two national LGBTQ organizations. They publish the list.

  2. Arthur Graves on September 11th, 2019 10:11 am

    I guess Atlanta, GA was to HIGH to report!

  3. Kelly Shea on September 14th, 2019 1:47 pm

    Just from having a homophobic president it should be noted that since Trump took office hate crimes in the nation have risen. Might be that the straight white men who commented on this article don’t hang out in the LBC much? White supremacy advocates are here in our city and I’m not in support of that mentally but do know quite a few how who do suppport it

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