Since Donald Trump became President of the United States in 2016, gay hate crimes in Washington DC tripled.
According to Washington DC’s Metro Police, there were a total of 20 hate crimes based on sexual orientation in 2016. This number jumped to 56 in 2017 and 61 in 2018.
For transgender people, this number was 19 in 2016, 13 in 2017 and 36 in 2018.
Metro Police also reported anti-LGBTI hate crimes amounted to nearly half the total number of all hate crimes in the city.
Monica Palacio, director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights said: ‘I do think that the president of the United States has been very actively tearing down protections for the LGBTQ community,’ reports the Washington Blade. ‘Whether it’s in the military or whether it’s in employment.’
She then said: ‘In my work, I know that over the last 25 years when you have a national role model spewing homophobia, a lot is going to happen in the way people treat one another.’
Washington DC Pride events
Washington DC’s annual Pride event – Capital Pride – starts 31 May and runs until 9 June.
Last week, they announced the theme for this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.
Ashley Smith, President of the Board of Directors of Capital Pride, said: ‘Throughout our history and still today there are forces that try to silence and erase our community.
‘We must always be willing to stand up and speak out against injustice, discrimination and violence,’ she said.
Washington DC will also hold its first ever National Trans Visibility March in April.
According to the event’s press release, this will be the first ever official transgender and gender non-conforming march on the United States capital.
The march is part of a two-day event. It begins 31 March and concludes with the march on 1 April.