More Than 200 Members of LGBT Community Killed in Mexico Over Three-Year Period
Agencia EFE
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May 18, 2017

LGBT community supporters march during LGBT pride parade in Mexico City (EFE/Sashenka Gutierrez)

At least 202 murders of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community occurred between 2014 and 2016 in Mexico, a rate of nearly six homicides per month, with female trans individuals bearing the brunt of the violence.

A total of 108 trans women (transvestites, transgender individuals and transsexuals), 93 gay men and a lesbian woman were killed, the non-governmental organization Letra S said in a report based on media monitoring.

It marked the first time that the number of slain trans women exceeded the total amount of murdered gay men, while the report also documented a shift in the way these hate crimes are being perpetrated.

"We hadn't seen gang attacks before, like those that occur in the United States or Europe," Letra S Executive Director Alejandro Brito told EFE on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which was observed on May 17.

The activist also noted that the pattern of violence was different depending on the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Gay men are often targeted by robbers, with gangs even specializing in this type of crime. The modus operandi is for the criminal to seduce the person either in person or via Internet and then, once inside the victim's home, to steal his belongings and kill him.

...Trans women are also victims of savage violence, with the difference being that their bodies are often dumped in vacant lots and other public areas.

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