Registry of Violence
Against LGBT Persons

An Overview of Violence against LGBT Persons in the Americas

between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has continued to monitor the situation of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex persons (LGBTI) in the Americas, and as a result it has documented killings and other instances of violence against LGBT persons during a fifteen-month period (between January 1st 2013 and March 31st 2014).


acts of violence against LGBT persons
persons who were LGBT or were perceived to be LGBT were killed
persons were victims of serious non-lethal attacks
OAS Member States

The common denominator of this violence is the perception by the perpetrator that the victim has transgressed accepted gender norms

Cases do occur in all 35 OAS Member States but are not always denounced or covered by the media

Many cases of violence against LGBT persons are underreported; many persons are afraid of reprisals, reluctant to identify themselves as LGBT, or do not trust the police or the justice system

gay men, or those perceived as such, killings
trans women, or trans persons who identify, as women killings
acts targeted lesbian women, or women perceived to be lesbians
cases of police abuse
of trans persons killed were 35 years or younger

Violence against trans persons, particularly trans women, is the result of a combination of factors: exclusion, discrimination and violence within the family, schools, and society at large; lack of recognition of their gender identity; involvement in occupations that puts them at a higher risk for violence; and high criminalization

Registry of Violence

Acts of violence against LGBT persons, or those perceived as such.

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IACHR Report: Violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons in the Americas


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