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Report: Gays “By Far, The Most Victimized By Violent Hate Crimes”

by David Badash on November 22, 2010

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News

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The FBI’s 2009 Hate Crime Statistics report was released today, and shows that “a pattern that has existed since the FBI started tallying these numbers remains,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC,) which states, “the LGBT community is, by far, the most victimized by violent hate crimes (attacks against people as opposed to property).”

The FBI report notes that blacks, Jews, gays and Hispanics were the most-targeted bias crime groups. (And I would like to tell Maggie Gallagher and Michelle Malkin, especially, that the FBI reports only 1.4% of all sexual-orientation bias crimes were “because of an anti-heterosexual bias.”)

The SPLC report continues with these disturbing facts:

Homosexuals are far more likely to be victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States.”

“The 2009 FBI numbers show that the LGBT community suffers from violent hate crimes at levels that are more than eight times their percentage in the population. Analyzing the FBI data from 1995 to 2008, the Report found that gays are 2.6 times more likely to be attacked than blacks; 4.4 times more likely than Muslims; 13.8 times more likely than Latinos; and 41.5 times more likely than whites. The basic pattern holds true when looking at individual years.”

‘These findings come as a wave of anti-gay attacks have washed across the country. In New York, for example, 10 suspects were arrested for brutally torturing three gay victims. And in Covington, Ky., a neighborhood was hit by a series of violent anti-gay attacks. Most dramatically, four teenagers committed suicide in September after being bullied, taunted or outed as homosexuals.”

“The new issue of the Report also explores how the hard-core anti-gay movement in America is becoming more extreme in the face of gay rights advances. Even after the recent string of teen suicides, which brought national attention to the issue of anti-gay bullying, leaders of these groups blamed those seeking to protect students from bullying.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is also in the process of adding several anti-gay organizations to its hate groups list. (See also: “A Mighty Army.”) Here is their list of eighteen anti-gay organizations. (Note: Only those marked with an asterisk currently meet SPLC’s definition of a hate group. The newcomers are marked in bold.)

Abiding Truth Ministries

American Family Association*

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality*

American Vision*

Chalcedon Foundation*

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission

Concerned Women for America

Coral Ridge Ministries

Dove World Outreach Center

Faithful Word Baptist Church

Family Research Council*

Family Research Institute*

Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment

Illinois Family Institute*

Liberty Counsel


National Organization for Marriage

Traditional Values Coalition

Surely, since Americans now accept the fact that LGBT teen suicides are the result of bullying, and bullying by organizations as well as people, we’ll be in a better place to stop these organizations from operating? Right? Um, won’t we?…

Take a look at what our friends at Truth Wins Out have to say about this new report.

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umbrellaq November 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

These groups are given free bully pulpits on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube to incite violence against LGBT people. Here's the Facebook list
American Familiy Association
Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
American Vision…ricanvision
Chalcedon Foundation
Christian Anti-Defamation Commission
Concerned Women for America
Coral Ridge
Faithful Word Baptist Church
Family Research Council
Famly Research Council
New York Family Research
Illinois Family Institute
Liberty Counsel
Mass Resistance
National Organization for Marriage (inequality)
Traditional Values Coalition

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