Understanding violence on the basis of sexual orientation

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and aromantic, asexual and agender people can and do face violence that is motivated by hateful attitudes towards their sexuality or gender identity. It may be violence by individuals or groups who engage in hate-based crimes against them for their identity or sexual orientation. They may also face the challenge of laws that criminalize and punish them for their identity or sexual orientation, and hence cannot find much legal support to address this violence. 

Violence against individuals due to their sexual orientation or perceived sexuality can be physical violence (sexual violence, gender-based violence or sexualized violence) or psychological violence. These actions may be motivated by homophobia, or by cultural notions, religious ideologies, political biases and even social biases. Social, cultural and religious motivations to target people with violence due to their perceived sexual orientation stems from notions of associating sexual orientations that are not heterosexuality with weakness, illness or immorality.

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