An Increase of Domestic Partner Violence between LGBTQH PeoplePosted: May 18, 2013
One of the key arguments made for same-sex marriage, is that discrimination negatively impacts the mental health of gays and lesbians. Some even make the controversial claim that it’s the main cause of poorer mental health. So if this is true, then as more and more US states legally redefine marriage to include same-sex unions, you would expect statistics for GLBT health to show an improvement, right?
It’s early days and statistics tend to describe the past rather than the present, but some of the numbers we have so far, suggest that the above rhetoric does not match reality.
The NYC Anti-Violence Project report on incidents of violence for those they classify as LGBTQH (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or HIV-Affected) in USA. In 2011, the Project recorded the highest yearly total of ”intimate partner violence homicides” in the organization’s history; 19. And, excluding reports from the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, which lost funding and staff and would otherwise skew the numbers, in 2011 they report an 18.3% increase in reports of violence across the USA, between intimate partners who were classified as LGBTQH.
More recent reports on these statistics are not yet available on their website, but once compiled and released, they will be interesting to see.