US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney from New York’s 18th District has introduced a Congressional act that would prevent further violence against the LGBTQ community. Titled the LGBT PRIDE Act (PRIDE standing for Provide a Requirement to Improve Data Collection Efforts) hopes to prevent another Pulse massacre and reduce violent crimes toward the LGBT community by using data collection to identify the sexual orientation and gender identity of victims of violence.
“‘Pulse wasn’t an isolated occurrence,’ says the openly gay Maloney. “Anti-LGBTQ violence is way too common – it happens when a transwoman of color is gunned down in the street, it happens when a young gay person is bullied into depression or takes his own life…We have to get more information on where this violence is happening and we have to be more aggressive about doing something to stop it – and this bill is a necessary first step.’
The bill hopes to be funded by the CDC who would greatly benefit from this type of data collection to help identify patterns within violent crimes against the LGBT community.
The HRC, who supports the bill, says: “The LGBTQ community, particularly transgender women of color, continue to face an epidemic of violence…In order to help understand the full scope of this violence, it is critically important we ensure victims’ sexual orientation and gender identity are included as part of the information gathered in the National Violence Death Reporting System.”
“Currently no one is able to answer the question of how many LGBTQ individuals die by suicide every year,”said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project. “This is a monumental gap in our knowledge of suicide and keeps us from most effectively targeting prevention and intervention efforts. It’s time to finally acknowledge the importance of LGBTQ lives and get the data to help save those lives.”
This is what leadership looks like! Thank you Maloney.