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Hate Crimes Motivated By Sexual Orientation Bias

Hate Crimes Statistics

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A coal fired power plant in Laramie, Wyoming, the town where hate crimes victim Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and brutally beaten in 1998.

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The following are the number of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under The Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990:

2008: 1,617 ate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias were reported by law enforcement agencies. Of these offenses:
  • 58.6 percent were classified as anti-male homosexual bias.
  • 25.7 percent were reported as anti-homosexual bias.
  • 12.0 percent were prompted by an anti-female homosexual bias.
  • 2.0 percent were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias.
  • 1.7 percent were classified as anti-bisexual bias.
2007: 1,460 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias were reported by law enforcement agencies. Of these offenses:
  • 59.2 percent were classified as anti-male homosexual bias.
  • 24.8 percent were reported as anti-homosexual bias.
  • 12.6 percent were prompted by an anti-female homosexual bias.
  • 1.8 percent were the result of an anti-heterosexual bias.
  • 1.6 percent were classified as anti-bisexual bias.
2006: 1,415 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias were reported by law enforcement agencies. Of these offenses:
  • 62.3 percent were classified as anti-male homosexual biased.
  • 20.7 percent were classified as anti-homosexual biased.
  • 13.6 percent were classified as anti-female homosexual biased.
  • 2.0 percent were classified as anti-heterosexual biased.
  • 1.5 percent were classified as anti-bisexual biased.
2005: 1,171 hate crime offenses based on sexual-orientation bias were reported by law enforcement agencies. Of these offenses:
  • 60.9 percent were anti-male homosexual.
  • 19.5 percent were anti-homosexual.
  • 15.4 percent were anti-female homosexual.
  • 2.0 percent were anti-heterosexual.
  • 2.3 percent were anti-bisexual.
For more federal hate crime statistics, visit the FBI's Overview of Hate Crime Statistics.

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