by Leah Waldron
When it comes to America’s LGBT community, trans women and gay men are far more likely to be victims of violent hate crimes than lesbians. Or so we thought. Since June 22, approximately six weeks ago, six lesbians have been brutally attacked (and a seventh, killed) in hate crimes in Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kentucky and Missouri. Lesbian-targeted hate crime is not a new phenomenon, but the growing number of cases may suggest an epidemic, or, at the very least, a sobering indication the rising levels of LGBT intolerance in America.
The crime wave began with the murder of Mollie Olgin, a 19-year-old lesbian who was shot in a south Texas park along with her girlfriend of five months, 18-year-old Mary “Kristene” Chapa, who narrowly survived after several brain surgeries. Chapa has been released from the hospital and is recovering, but the double-shooter is still at large.