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Gay Americans are arming themselves to stay alive

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"I don't want to get beaten to death, stabbed and burnt alive," a slight woman with long blond hair and a checked shirt says. "I want a gun to feel equal."

She is a member of one of the United States' fastest-growing gun clubs, the jauntily named Pink Pistols.

Two years after the massacre at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, gay, lesbian and transgender Americans are nervous. According to the Human Rights Center (HRC), a US LGBTI advocacy group, 52 gay people were murdered in the US last year because of their sexuality, and 28 transgender people met the same fate.

In increasing numbers, they are fighting back by taking up arms.

It's brought them into lock step with pro-gun groups that haven't, historically, been all that welcoming of gay people.

Australian journalist Patrick Abboud traveled to the US to meet some of the new gun-toting gay people, for a report to be broadcast on Australian news show "The Feed" on Tuesday.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 54 more inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.Getty Images

It was a sobering experience, he told News.com.au.

"There is one murder per week of a gay person purely because they're gay, and that's really horrifying. The level of homophobia and transphobia in the USA is out of control and some people told me a gun is the difference between living and dying."

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