Covid-19: anti-LGBT acts committed in the private sector are on the rise

“I’M GOING TO BEAT YOU UP, YOUR GUY HAD BETTER GET OUT OF HERE” 

SOS Homophobia, however, indicates a significant increase in anti-LGBT acts in private spheres. “This pandemic has, in any case, changed the distribution of contexts in which LGBTIphobic hatreds have been concentrated,” explains the association. Thus, the proportions of reports within the framework of the neighborhood and that of the family / close entourage have increased considerably. As a result of the confinement, LGBT people found themselves more frequently with transphobic and / or homophobic people in their entourage, and were therefore more exposed to their violence. “The forced return to the family home, the prolonged cohabitation […] have sometimes generated an escalation of violence, all the more serious as it emanates from loved ones, on which the victims sometimes depend sentimentally and / or financially, ”notes SOS Homophobie. The association reports that in 13% of cases, those responsible for LGBTphobic acts or comments are part of the family. The neighborhood is represented in the same proportions. In 2019, the latter intervened in 8% of cases, and the family in 10% of cases. “Travel restrictions, which played a role in the scale of LGBTI phobias reported in 2020 within families and neighborhoods (more than one in four cases reported to the association concerns these two contexts), reinforce the states of malaise among the victims ”, estimates the association. The neighborhood is represented in the same proportions. In 2019, the latter intervened in 8% of cases, and the family in 10% of cases. “Travel restrictions, which played a role in the scale of LGBTI phobias reported in 2020 within families and neighborhoods (more than one in four cases reported to the association concerns these two contexts), reinforce the states of malaise among the victims ”, estimates the association. The neighborhood is represented in the same proportions. In 2019, the latter intervened in 8% of cases, and the family in 10% of cases. “Travel restrictions, which played a role in the scale of LGBTI phobias reported in 2020 within families and neighborhoods (more than one in four cases reported to the association concerns these two contexts), reinforce the states of malaise among the victims ”, estimates the association.  

Among the testimonies collected by SOS Homophobia (via his helpline) is that of Adam: “I’m going to beat you up, your guy had better get out of here”, his neighbor told him before giving kicked in his door. The association also mentions Stéphanie’s approach: “[She] calls us as alerted by a photo of her daughter’s girlfriend, whose homophobic parents she knows: the girl’s body appears covered in bruises. ” 

MORE MINORS VICTIMS OF TRANSPHOBIA  

SOS Homophobie also points in its report to a worrying increase in transphobic behavior against minors. The proportion of minors who are victims of transphobia rose from 6% in 2019 to more than 20% in 2020 “for situations in general of great distress (threat of eviction from the family home, rejection, humiliation, etc.)”. The 25-50 age group is still the one that testifies the most, but the authors of the report note a rejuvenation in the age of victims contacting the association: the share of 25-50 year olds rose between 2019 and 2020 from 61%. at 52%, that of those under 25 from 30% to 35%. 

The association also insists on one point: for “few acts is retained [by the justice] the character LGBTIphobic. This is the real concern, ”she says, also specifying that there is certainly a difference between the actual number of victims and the number of victims who testify or file a complaint. Indeed, according to an Ifop study from  2019, only 20% of people who have been physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity have indeed lodged a complaint.

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