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California will become the first state to track the violent deaths of LGBTQ people

In a historic move, the state of California will be the first to pilot a program that will record sexual orientation and gender identity demographics of victims. Advocates say that the three-year pilot program will fill a critical gap in the state’s understanding of violent crime victimization, as well as allow for policymakers to design legislation that targets the unique needs of LGBTQ Californians. The State’s Department of Public Health already tracks other data statewide, such as births, deaths and marriages, but sexual orientation and gender identity have previously not been included in that data collection. The legislation calls for the creation of the California Electronic Violent Death Reporting System (CEVDRS), which will record violent deaths, including suicides and homicides.