Nov 22, 2010
Statistics released by the FBI today showed there were 1254 reported hate crimes committed against Gay and Lesbian Americans in 2009.
There were 6,604 criminal incidents characterized as hate crimes reported in the United States in 2009, according to an FBI report release Monday.
Nearly 19 percent of the crimes were due to a person’s sexual orientation.
According to the Gay and Lesbian human rights organization Egale, an estimated 75% of hate crimes against our community go unreported. Many victims remain silent out of fear of losing their jobs or homes in states where Gay and Lesbian Americans are not protected against workplace or housing discrimination. Still others fear retribution from homophobic police officers.
Factoring in these numbers we arrive at a staggering 5016 hate crimes committed against Gay and Lesbian Americans in 2009 or almost 14 hate crimes every day!
The report also shows that the largest percentage of hate crime incidents occurred in or near private homes. This emphasizes the need for enhanced home security and personal defense.
Many states allow the use of lethal force in self defense situations. Castle Laws, for instance, give people the legal right to defend themselves in their home with deadly force. Research your state laws and determine the lethal defense boundaries.
Do not tolerate violence against our community.