California’s Attorney General released it’s “State of Pride Report” on Tuesday which looked at data and surveys on issues ranging from mental health to public policy. And while California is known as one of the most LGBT-friendly states in the nation, hate crimes have risen dramatically.
Between 2021 and 2022, there were over 391 reported hate crime events motivated by sexual orientation bias in California, an increase of 29% over the previous period, the report states.
The Attorney General’s report also says LGBTQ+ children are victimized and bullied at rates four times higher than non-LGBT+ children, and nearly half of all gay youth seriously considered suicide in 2022.
This is a very dangerous time for everyone in our community. Please take care and be diligent.