According to FBI statistics, 1 out of every 5 hate crimes is committed on the basis of sexual orientation. And in 2012, a majority of gay and transgender homicide victims were people of color, and half were transgender. Think hate crimes don’t affect you? Think again. Victims are targeted because of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, race, color — even the way they speak or dress. And hate crimes are committed against innocent people — people who live in your city, in your neighborhood, even on your block. Anyone can become a victim.
Hate crimes can happen anywhere, at any time. In fact, in the U.S., one violent act of hate takes place almost every hour of every day. In 2012, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported over 2,000 incidents of hate violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangender people. Only 56% of these incidents were reported to the police.
While federal legislation is starting to buckle down on perpetrators of hate crimes, we still have a long way to go. Because—be honest—are you really OK with living in a country where a hate crime takes place every hour? Do you really intend to look the other way while such violent acts of hate are perpetrated—on your relatives, your friends, your neighbors?
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