The local government body represents 820 million citizens in over 47 countries. In the report, the council expressed that these zones are inciting violence through hate crimes and creating a damaging environment for LGBT youth. According to data from the report, Polish hate crimes more than doubled since 2019.
A hate crime charge adds to the attempted murder case of a gay Louisiana teenager in June 2020.
With the death of Samuel Edmund Damian Valentin, seven trans people have been killed Puerto Rico within the past year. LGBTQ+ activists like Pedro Julio Serrano are demanding that the government declare a state of emergency for gender violence and hate crimes. Additionally, the violence is the worst it has been in over a decade. In 2020, more trans people were murdered in the U.S. than in 2019.