According to the report, released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the LGBTQ rights group GLAAD, there were at least 356 anti-LGBTQ extremist and nonextremist incidents between June 2022 and April 2023 across 46 states.
The report noted that Washington, D.C., California, Florida, New York and Texas had the highest total number of incidents.
“From demonstrations aiming to intimidate organizers and attendees at drag shows, to bomb threats against hospitals that provide healthcare for LGBTQ+ people to a mass shooting that took the lives of five people in Colorado, incidents of anti-LGBTQ+ hate and extremist are an important part of a larger story about the heightened threats facing the LGBTQ+ community in the United States today,” the report stated.
The attacks covered in the report included 305 incidents of harassment, 40 incidents of vandalism and 11 incidents of assault. Nearly half of the incidents were associated with extremist groups.
The largest spike in anti-LGBTQ incidents was recorded in June 2022, which could be connected to Pride month activities, the report noted. That month, 48 incidents were recorded, including 43 incidents of harassment, three incidents of vandalism and two assaults.
The report noted that anti-LGBTQ sentiment often overlapped with tropes and conspiracy theories about the community, including falsely associating it with grooming or satanism, or with other forms of prejudice such as racism and antisemitism.