Jul 03, 2009 8:39 AM GMT
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released its annual Hate Violence Report.
The amount of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people killed in bias-motivated incidents increased by 28% in 2008, compared to '07. Last year's 29 killings is the highest it has recorded since 1999, when they documented the same number of slayings.
The New York-based coalition says the overall number of victims who reported gay bias violence in '08 increased by 2%. The NCAVP 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 transgendered people because gender identity isn't covered by federal hate-crime law.