LGBT Community Hate Crimes

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Pierce Huls English 12 Period 1 – Mr. Showley 3/23/15 Hate Crimes and the LGBT Community In December 2014, the FBI posted stunning statistics revealing the evident problem of hate crimes in the United States. This latest “Hate Crime Statistics” report article uncovered “5,982 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses” in 2013 (“Hate Crime Statistics”). Among the crimes, the “Hate Crime Statistics” article states that the total number of individuals, businesses, and institutions affected by hate crimes reached an overwhelming number of 7,242. A summary of the crimes concluded that “60.6 percent of the reported 1,402 hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation were classified as anti-gay (male) bias” (“Hate Crime Statistics”).…show more content…
To deny anyone equal rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights objectifies Articles 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7. Among these, article 5 and 7 are geared towards discrimination. No person should be subject to any sort of discrimination under these articles. Articles 1 and 2 bring about the subject of all people deserving equal rights and protections no matter what minority or community you belong to. And article 3 states that people should not have to live in fear and that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To create laws that interfere with these, or the lack of laws that protect people in the United States and Indiana, defies the Universal Declaration of Human…show more content…
Recently in Seattle, Rob Taylor, 25, was a victim of a hate-crime (Brownstone). Sydney Brownstone wrote about the recent event after an interview with Rob. Brownstone wrote that the offenders verbally assaulted him, then threw a boot at his face resulting in 6 stitches, and fled the scene (Brownstone). Unfortunately, there were no other witnesses and nobody knows anything about the crimes. Along with that, the LGBT community is not protected from hate-crimes in Seattle. Following this event, the Mayor of Seattle said that he would propose a bill to protect the LGBT community in a hate-crime law. What makes this incident so unique is that Taylor had been a victim of a hate-crime when he was 15, and when he reported the assault, the police were very arrogant and rude. Unfortunately, the assault report in this case was received no differently. According to Brownstone, “Taylor filed a police report… but wrote on Facebook that the Seattle police department received it with an irritated tone.(Brownstone)” This gives reason to understand why the LGBT community lives in fear and is afraid to report incidents like this one, because they are afraid people will treat them differently. People of the LGBT community walk down streets, hallways, and sidewalks every day with the fear that someone may scream names at them,
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