New FBI Stats Show 11% Increase in Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

November 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the hate crime statistics for 2008, and the new data shows a marked increase in anti-gay hate crimes. In light of the recent passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded the categories of hate crimes to include sexual orientation, the FBI data shows the need for the expansion. The number of hate crimes for 2008 showed a slight increase, with “7,783 incidents and 9,691 victims”

But among the categories, the increase in crimes attributed to sexual orientation soared at 11 percent.

For other categories, crimes based on religion rose 9 percent and racially-motivated hate crimes, decreased about 1 percent.

According to the breakdown of the 1,706 victims of hate crimes based on sexual orirntation:

“* 57.5 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-male homosexual bias.
* 27.3 percent were victims because of an anti-homosexual bias.
* 11.6 percent were victims because of an anti-female homosexual bias.
* 2.0 percent were victims because of an anti-heterosexual bias.
* 1.6 percent were victims because of an anti-bisexual bias.”

Regarding the recent expansion of the hate crimes law the FBI report noted:

“The FBI has been collecting statistics on hate crime motivated by sexual orientation since 1991 and hate crime motivated by a disability since 1997, and we will continue to do so. In light of the new law, though, we’ll begin the process of adding the collection of hate crimes motivated by gender and gender identity and incorporating them into our annual report. Our UCR staff will also work to expand their long-time training for state and local law enforcement on hate crime collection to include these two new categories of biases.”

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  4. Kudo on May 13th, 2010 12:37 pm

    How uninteresting…. there is no such thing as hate speech. Besides, it would be better to say that more people became gay, and more people became acceptant of gays. Naturally, [edited] will be attacked more as they become more numerous. Common sense.

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