Topics :: hate crimes legislation

FBI Director: Better Hate Crime Tracking Needed

Tuesday Apr 29, 2014
State and local law enforcement need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes so that the public can "fully understand what is happening in our communities, and how to stop it," FBI Director James Comey said Monday.

Ohio State Rep Pushes for Hate Crime Bill

By Matthew Wexler | Sunday Sep 29, 2013
As northeast Ohio prepares for Gay Games 9 next summer, one politician is introducing a bill that would make targeting someone because of his or her sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability a hate crime.

Drag Queens Plunge Into Icy Boston Harbor to Raise Funds for Domestic Violence Prevention

By Dan Meyer | Saturday Mar 9, 2013
Boston’s GMDVP has changed its name to the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, but continues to help the community, most recently via an icy plunge in the Boston harbor, all to raise funds for their programs.

Judge Gives 10 Years To Attackers in Atlanta Gay Bashing

By Troy Petenbrink | Wednesday Aug 15, 2012
A judge delivered 10-year sentences to the attackers of young, gay Atlanta man Brandon White, beaten up this February in a gay bashing that his attackers videotaped and posted online.

Chilean Hate-Crime Legislation Signed into Law

By Luis Andres | Friday Jul 13, 2012
Chile’s president signed an anti-discrimination law Thursday following the killing of a gay man beaten by attackers who carved swastikas into his body.

D.C. City Council Committee Holds Hate-Crime Hearing

By John Riley | Wednesday Jul 11, 2012
Members of the D.C. City Council chastised the Metropolitan Police Department for a perceived failure to effectively engage local community members on initiatives aimed at combating hate crimes against the LGBT community during a June 29 hearing.

Nevada Lawmakers Strike Down Hate Crimes Bill

By Deb Weinstein | Tuesday Apr 26, 2011
Nevada lawmakers on Monday, April 25, struck down a bill that would have added gender identity and expression to the state’s hate crimes law.

Thank You!

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Nov 2, 2009
Right now, the GLBT community owes two great big thanks yous: one to President Barack Obama, and one to the attorney representing the anti-gay side of a federal lawsuit against Proposition 8.

Obama keeps word on hate crime, but has yet to honor other promises to GLBTs

By Darlene Superville | Friday Oct 30, 2009
Obama was keeping a campaign promise to gays and lesbians by putting his signature on a bill to include violence against gays in federal hate crimes law. Of several such commitments to gay and lesbian supporters, it’s the first one he’s kept. Other promises are either pending or stalled entirely, proving a source of continued dismay for gay and lesbian advocates who worked to help him get elected.

Christian Right Claims Hate Crime Law Will Ban Free Speech

By Kilian Melloy | Thursday Oct 29, 2009
President Barack Obama’s historic signing of the firs federal law offering protections to GLB T people has been met with cries of warning from the Christian right that before long the government will use the law to suppress religious freedom of expression.