A national survey released Tuesday shows a rise in hate crimes targeting LGBTQ individuals and the LGBTQ community over the past year.
The hate crimes included anti-LGBTQ graffiti, vandalism, harassment and hate mail, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported.
The ADL also found that 1,049 hate crimes were reported in 2016, up from 1,054 the year before.
ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt called the number “incredibly troubling.”
“We know that hate crimes against LGBTQ individuals, and particularly LGBTQ people of color, are on the rise.
They’re on the upswing,” Greenblatts told The Associated Press.”
We also know that, across the country, hate crimes continue to rise.”
In a statement, the ADL said that it is “aware of the rise in reported hate crimes” and is working to help communities and law enforcement identify the perpetrators.
In 2016, there were 1,062 hate crimes across the nation, the study said.
In the first quarter of 2017, there had been 5,854 hate crimes, a slight increase from the 5,683 in the first three quarters of 2016.
The majority of hate crimes in 2016 were directed at transgender people, but that number has increased in recent years.
The ADL reported that trans women were the most likely to be targeted.