Hate Crimes Protections 2007

Task Force works toward passage of Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., strongly supports the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (LLEHCPA), introduced March 20 by U.S. Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in the House and April 12 by Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) in the Senate. This year, both the Senate and the House versions are clearly transgender-inclusive. On May 3, the House of Representatives passed the legislation by a vote of 237-180. Senate action is expected later this summer.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is particularly affected by hate crimes violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented nine anti-LGBT murders in 2005 alone. According to the FBI, 14 percent of hate crimes in 2005 were motivated by sexual orientation bias. This means that gay people — or people perceived to be gay — are disproportionately the victims of these terrible crimes. Although the FBI doesn’t track anti-transgender hate crimes (something that will be fixed if the LLEHCPA becomes law), we do know transgender people suffer from greatly disproportionate numbers of violent hate crimes as well. Anti-LGBT violence is not a new problem, but one which has existed for years.

The Task Force began working to get the federal government to respond to hate crimes in the mid-1980s; our own Anti-Violence Project was instrumental in getting the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990 enacted. Seventeen years later, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The new congressional leadership has fully supported hate crimes protections in the past, and with your help, 2007 can be the year this bill is finally passed into law.

Learn more about the Task Force’s long history of working to secure hate crimes protections for our community. Read our historical narrative and timeline. You can also download a comprehensive hate crimes issue map.

 
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