In this month’s look at world news, we check in on how the fight for marriage equality is going, plus some great news about representation
An anti-LGBTQ hate group posing as “Christians” were met head on by resistors including one fierce guy dancing the hate away.
Martin Blackwell got 40 years for pouring boiling water on a sleeping gay couple, but how does his sentence compare to other anti-LGBTQ hate crimes?
Wyoming’s Sen. Mike Enzi was asked how he planned to support the LGBTQ community — he replied by blaming queer people for not staying closeted
A visitor to the Memphis Zoo says he was attacked by a gun-toting gang of homophobes who punched and beat him in the face on Tuesday
The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the founder of a neo-Nazi website for leading a hate campaign against a Jewish woman and her family
Many of the anti-trans bathroom bills popping up in states across the country are written by the same anti-LGBTQ hate group
The Rocky Mountain Fur Con has been cancelled after links between the owner of the con and a known hate group have become apparent
Brooklyn-based rapper Mousey Baby (a.k.a. James Thomas) has been charged with a hate crime for attacking a trio of men outside of a gay club
In the Netherlands, men are holding hands to show solidarity and support for a gay couple who were the victims of a horrifying hate crime
In a horrifying hate crime, a gay couple in the Netherlands were attacked by a vicious gang of men and youths with bolt cutters while they were walking home
New York City-based HIV/AIDS advocacy nonprofit Visual AIDS received a homophobic and racist fax earlier this week signed by “Mrs. Gas the Gays”
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, hate is defined as “a very strong feeling of dislike,” and unfortunately, this intense dislike permeates much of the world today. Hate is often directed at those people and groups that we don’t understand or that feel pose a threat to us. There is a particularly large amount of hate directed at the LGBTQ community.
This hatred is often rooted in homophobia, which manifests itself in behavior such as discrimination and violence. And historically, there is a lot of violence inflicted on the gay and transgender communities.
According to the 2010 Hate Crimes Statistics provided by the FBI National Press Office, 19% of hate crimes in the U.S. were motivated by sexual orientation. In 2014, nearly one fifth of the almost 5,500 “single-bias” hate crimes were because of the target’s sexual orientation (or perceived orientation). LGBTQ people are also twice as likely to be targeted than African Americans, and they are also victimized more than Jews.
The transgender community is at an especially high risk. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the majority of LGBT people who were killed between 2012 and 2015 were black or Hispanic transgender people.
And of course, one of the most shocking hate crimes directed at the LGBTQ community took place in June 2016, when 49 people were killed at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Why are there still so many attacks today? Ironically, it may be the increase in tolerance for LGBTQ people that is resulting in more violence. According to Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, the more tolerant society becomes, the more radical those opposed to the changes can become. The cultural shift is alarming to them, and they may strike out in certain ways, including through violence.
While there is still much work to be done, the tide is shifting both culturally and politically. Stay safe out there, everyone.