Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Click to expand Image Revellers wave flags during a gay pride parade in downtown Madrid, Spain, July 2, The data, released last week, shows police recorded 14, crimes committed against people because of their sexual orientation in Police recorded a further 2, offenses against transgender people because of their gender identity.
Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teen - The San Diego Union-Tribune
But despite decades of progress, members of the LGBTQ community across the country are experiencing targeted acts of violence. While most hate crimes in the U. Of those crimes, a majority targeted gay men. At least 11 transgender people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means in , according to the Human Rights Campaign. Recent media reports suggest that crimes against black transgender women, in particular, have spiked this year. Census Bureau.
All four men are charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which normally is a second-degree felony. However, Travis County prosecutors are seeking to elevate the offenses to first-degree felonies with a hate crime finding because they believe the defendants targeted victims Tristan Perry and Spencer Deehring for no other reason than they were holding hands after leaving a gay nightclub. Outside of the courtroom Friday, lawyers for the men disputed the notion that sexual orientation was at the root of the fight.
My father started listening to Rush Limbaugh in the s, about the time he retired as a scientist, while living in Cincinnati. I lived in Washington, D. By coincidence, Cincinnati was a hot spot for efforts by religious conservative organizations to stop the movement for legal protections from discrimination for LGBT people and attacks fueled by bigotry, including hate crimes, against us. I had come out to my parents about four years earlier.