Show this statistic to anyone who underestimates the problem of homophobia in America

The vast majority of the world’s leaders and media outlets have condemned the Orlando shooting which left 49 people dead as a homophobic hate crime.

However, there have been a small minority who, while condemning the attack as brutal and unjust, have refused to call it a hate crime.

Journalist Owen Jones walked out of a live television interview with Sky News after saying host Mark Longhurst and co-panelist Julia Hartley-Brewer refused to call the attack a crime against LGBT people specifically.

The Green Party’s presumptive presidential candidate Jill Stein tweeted the following shocking set of statistics on Monday night that highlight how LGBT people are the target of hate crime in the US:

Surely those statistics can't be true?

Unfortunately, the situation is slightly worse.

According to a Gallup survey, the most recent poll suggests that 3.8 per cent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and an FBI breakdown of hate crime says 18.6 per cent are committed because of sexual orientation and an additional 1.8 per cent is committed because of gender identity.

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