Between 1995 and 2008, nearly 17.4 percent of all hate crimes in the U.S. were aimed at the LGBTQ community. Just 2.1 percent of the population self-identified as LGBTQ.
That community is twice as likely as Jews or blacks to be the target of violent hate crimes.
Now, these are per-capita stats, and because the number of self-identifying LGBTQ individuals in the U.S. is relatively small, one attack can have a larger impact statistically.
But consider this: Sexual orientation and gender identity motivated roughly 20 percent of hate crimes in 2014. The only factor that accounted for more that year was race.
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