49 fatalities in Orlando join 1000s of LGBT victims worldwide

TV news coverage of Florida massacre of June 12, 2016.
TV news coverage of the Pulse nightclub massacre of June 12, 2016.

Sadly, the 49 people killed by an anti-LGBT gunman in Orlando, Florida, are just the latest additions to a list of 1000s of  victims of anti-LGBT attacks worldwide.

The names of many of the first identified victims of the June 12 massacre have been added to this blog’s tally of  victims of homophobic hate-crime killings.

The Orlando attack brought an end to a period in the United States when the lives of many LGBT Americans had seemed relatively safe, at least in comparison to their counterparts in more violently homophobic countries, 77 of which have laws against homosexuality and 10 of which have laws providing the death penalty for same-sex intimacy. That sense of relative safety now seems illusory.

Victims of the anti-gay attack on April 25, 2016, in Bangladesh
Victims of the anti-gay attack on April 25, 2016, in Bangladesh

A further change for LGBT Americans is that in the United States now, as in Bangladesh in April, the LGBT community isn’t alone in being targeted by hate-filled killers — though there’s not much comfort to be had in realizing that LGBT people share with other members of society the characteristic that they walk around with bull’s-eyes on their backs.

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This article was revised June 13 to correct the Orlando death toll to 49 from the earlier-reported toll of 50.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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