But the Times also reported that LGBTQ people are the most likely group to be attacked, when compared individually with racial and religious groups.Overall, one-fifth of hate crimes tracked by the FBI are carried out on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.Half of all hate crimes are due to race (with all races combined).
And because of that, the unique needs of LGBTQ people of color are then ignored, which continues a disproportionate cycle of targeted violence.
"Being bisexual, lesbian, gay, or sexually queer in a heterosexist society means you'll be subject of heterosexist violence," H. "Being female, feminist, transgender, or genderqueer means you'll be the subject of sexist, misogynist, or patriarchal violence.
Being a person of color means you'll be the subject of white supremacist violence.
It's this heightened vulnerability to violence — both racially and based on sexual orientation and gender identity — that makes it all the more important to avoid whitewashing the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
It’s also key to remember that many people of color are, in fact, LGBTQ, even if the data used to track such violence often misses this point.
Ignoring this only continues a vicious cycle: Even with evolving visibility of LGBTQ people on the whole, "LGBTQ" still translates to many people as white, gay, and male.Perhaps that’s because many of the organizations and media centered on LGBTQ people for so long have been run by and focused on white gay men.The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend was a horrific tragedy, ending the lives of 49 people, many of whom were Latino as well as openly LGBTQ.Ninety percent of the 49 people killed were Latino or of Latino descent; specifically 23 victims were Puerto Rican, according to the New York Times.Yet when it came time for politicians to extend their "thoughts and prayers" to the victims, many of them — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell and House Speaker Paul Ryan — glossed over the fact that the victims were part of these marginalized groups. Pete Sessions (R-TX) argued, "It was a young person’s nightclub, I’m told.And there were some [LGBTQ people] there, but it was mostly Latinos," as though LGBTQ people could not also be Latino.