LGBT hate crimes lowest in Hawaii, study finds
HONOLULU - A new study shows hate crimes against the LGBT community have increased by more than one-third since 1996, but Hawaii ranks No. 51 for attacks in any state. In Hawaii, the Security.org study found there were no anti-LGBT incidents per 100,000 people between 2013 and 2019.
It used the most recent data from the FBI. The study says the LGBT community is the most targeted group for hate crimes, followed by Jews, Muslims, Native Americans, and African-Americans.
Within the LGBT community, the study says gay men are victims more than 50% of the time (55.8%), followed by lesbians (10.4%), transgender (8.7%), bisexuals (1.9%) and gender non-conforming (1.1%).
The LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii says the reporting is inaccurate because “hate crimes in Hawaii are drastically undercounted due to the fact that none of the counties' police departments gather hate crimes information. Hate crimes are only counted when and if the enhanced sentencing is levied against the perpetrator. Hate crime studies like Security.org give minority communities in Hawaii and visitors a false sense of security since the data available is incomplete.”