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Systematic Review Characterizing LGBT Murder Victims
16 Studies Report on 2,921 Homicides with Gay and Transgender Victims
By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
We are barraged nearly every hour on the mainstream media about the growing LGBT community and the rise of transgenderism. Newsclips invariably show some form of a gathering or protest, depicting anger and in some cases violence. Given all the tensions around the LGBT and transgender movement, I wondered if much had been written about violence in this community. A search of PUBMED found one of the most prominent themes was violent crimes where LGBT persons were victimized.
Mendes, et al, performed a literature search and published an impressive systematic review after refining a large number of potentially relevant studies down to a final group of 16 papers describing 2,921 murders where an LGBT person was the victim.
The authors found that the majority of these crimes were gruesome vignettes of one-on-one homicides using knifes or other weapons and had all the features of hate crimes—many times the perpetrator and the victim knew one another. Mendes concluded that homicide is an important contributor to all-cause mortality in the LGBT population particularly among the highest risk subpopulation, transgender men. Clearly more research is needed into the sociopathology surrounding this growing cohort around the world.
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Mendes WG, Duarte MJO, Andrade CAF, Silva CMFPD. Systematic review of the characteristics of LGBT homicides. Cien Saude Colet. 2021 Nov;26(11):5615-5628. Portuguese, English. doi: 10.1590/1413-812320212611.33362020. Epub 2020 Sep 17. PMID: 34852094.