Group: Gay Bias Killings Highest Since 1999

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New York (AP) -- A national advocacy group says the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people killed in bias-motivated incidents increased by 28 percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence programs released its report Tuesday.
It says last year's 29 killings is the highest it has recorded since 1999.

It documented the same number of slayings then.

The New York-based coalition says the overall number of victims who reported anti-lgbt violence in 2008 increased by 2 percent.

The coalition says its figures are more accurate than those from law enforcement agencies.

As an example, the group says the fbi doesn't record bias crimes against transgender people because gender identity isn't covered by federal hate-crime law.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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