Ari Shapiro. President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill, which extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include attacks against people based on gender identity, disability and sexual orientation. President BARACK OBAMA: After more than a decade of opposition and delay, we've passed inclusive hate crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are. SIEGEL: This law adds protections for people attacked on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Obama Set To Sign Bill Widening Hate Crime Laws
Election of Obama provokes rise in U.S. hate crimes | Reuters
But despite decades of progress, members of the LGBTQ community across the country are experiencing targeted acts of violence. While most hate crimes in the U. Of those crimes, a majority targeted gay men. At least 11 transgender people have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means in , according to the Human Rights Campaign. Recent media reports suggest that crimes against black transgender women, in particular, have spiked this year. Census Bureau.
Election of Obama provokes rise in U.S. hate crimes
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By Matthew Bigg. President-elect Barack Obama announces the members of his economic policy team during a news conference in Chicago, November 24, Hundreds of incidents of abuse or intimidation apparently motivated by racial hatred have been reported since the November 4 election, though most have not involved violence, said the Southern Poverty Law Center.