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Crimes Against Gays and Lesbians Rose 25% in Washington DC in 2017, Trans Violence Falls.

The DC Metro Police have released statistics from last year showing that citywide crimes in general and crimes against transgender individuals decreased by 11 percent in 2017 while the number of crimes involving gay and lesbian victims  has increased over 25%

At a news conference on Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined the director of the city’s Department of Forensic Sciences, which operates a high tech crime lab, in announcing what they called optimistic crime data in the city for 2017.

“Throughout 2017, crime continued to decease in Washington, D.C., with a 22 percent reduction in violent crime, a 9 percent reduction in property crime, and an 11 percent decrease in total crime,” a statement released by the mayor’s office says.

According to DC’s Metropolitan Police Department’s Lt. Brett Parson preliminary figures for 2017 through the end of November show an increase of over 25%  based on gay and lesbian sexual orientation – from 38 in 2016 to 51 as of the end of November 2017 and shows a decrease in the number of hate crimes targeting transgender people from 18 in 2016 to 13 as of the end of November 2017.

Parson didn’t provide specific figures showing the number of LGBT-related crime incidents investigated or recorded by the LGBT Liaison Unit.

Source:  The Washington Blade

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