One of our four missional goals at Lead Them Home is to protect against victimization of LGBT+ individuals. It is easy to think that as more rights have been given to LGBT+ people in our country that this objective is not needed.

According to a new study released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, hate crimes have risen in the last year. In 2018, the institution reported that hate crimes rose by 9% in major U.S. cities — even though overall crime rates in major cities have declined around the country.

This is the fifth consecutive year-over-year increase in hate crimes in the United States. According to the study, “the most common victims for hate crimes reported to police in major cities in 2018 were African Americans, Jews, and gays.” This year alone, 12 black transgender women have been murdered.

Sadly, this is the current reality within our country. It makes Lead Them Home’s mission to protect against victimization that much more important each day. And through that support and safety, we pray and work so that each person may also experience and understand the love of God for them.

Josh Proctor