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Key Maloney Legislation to Combat Deadly Violence Against LGBTQ Community Introduced

Jun 15, 2021
Press Release

Key Maloney Legislation to Combat Deadly Violence Against LGBTQ Community Introduced

Washington, DC – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), co-chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and the highest ranking out LGBTQ member of Congress in U.S. history, has reintroduced the LGBTQ Essential Data Act. The bill, which was listed by President Joe Biden as a top priority in his LGBTQ agenda, would require the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the reporting of violent deaths by law enforcement. 

2021 is already on track to be the deadliest year for transgender, nonconforming people. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 28 people have been murdered so far this year, compared with 13 at this time last year. This is an epidemic of anti-trans violence that disproportionately impacts women of color. By collecting a wide variety of critical data about anti-trans violence and the factors that drive it, lawmakers and researchers will be better prepared to enact violence prevention measures.

“The epidemic of violence against transgender Americans – particularly transgender women of color – is only getting worse. HRC has been tracking the underreported data since 2013, and Congress still hasn’t acted to enable local law enforcement to do the same. My bill will help us collect the data necessary to fully support the LGBTQ community,” said Rep. Maloney. “I am proud to be introducing this legislation, which was marked by President Biden as a legislative priority, with broad support. I trust our new Democratic Majority will work to get this bill passed into law. We must act now and help save lives.”

The legislation would authorize $25 million to fully fund the Center for Disease Control’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) and direct the CDC to improve the collection of data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of deceased individuals.

The bill was listed as a campaign priority by President Biden and has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, PFLAG National, and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). And has 47 cosponsors in the House.