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Hate Crimes

Even though there is increased acceptance of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people, gay & lesbian hate crimes continue to rise. Learn how to protect yourself against hate crimes or get help if you've been a victim.

Police Discrimination A Familiar Reality For Gay Americans
Police discrimination cases involving gay Americans are a stinging reality for LGBT citizens.

Gay Panic Defense
The gay panic defense is a legal defense used against assault or murder charges where the defendant claims they were subjected to sexual advances that caused them temporary insanity.

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signed by Pres. Barack Obama expands federal hate crimes legislation to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

Why We Need Federal Hate Crime Protection For GLBT People
Why should you be concerned about expanding hate crime legislation for gays?

What To Do If You've Been A Victim Of An Anti-Gay Hate Crime
Have you been the victim of a crime based on your sexual orientation? Anti-gay hate crimes are heinous acts. There is help for you. Here are steps to take if you've been the victim of a hate crime.

Matthew Shepard Act/ Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act
The Matthew Shepard Act (also known as the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act) is a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender expression in existing federal hate crime legislation.

Inside The Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Hate crimes are often more severe than other crimes. Read about how the Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Matthew Shepard Act will help deter violence and better prosecute offenders.

Hate Crimes Statistics
Hate crimes based against gay, lesbian and transgender people have increased despite legislation to combat the heinous crimes. Get gay bias-based crime statistics and see which states do and don't include sexual orientation in their hate crime legislation.

Gay Hate Crimes: Charles Howard
The hate crime against openly gay Charles Howard shocked the country and furthered the need for hate crime legislation that includes sexual orientation. Read his story and learn how you can prevent anti-gay hate crimes.

How To Avoid a Hate Crime
Hate crimes against gay men (or gay bashing) can't always be avoided, but there are key precautions you can take to minimize the chances of being a victim. Following these simple steps can make the difference between being safe or becoming a statistic.

In The Wake of Murder, Chilean Gays See New Protections

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