As we start to look forward to the upcoming primaries in May and the 2008 election, let's remember what a difference a Democratic majority has made. Case in point: it looks like the U.S. Senate will vote on extending hate crimes protections to the GLBT community. For over a decade progress towards equal rights has stagnated ion Congress. Now, in addition to the Matthew Shepherd Act, we look forward to ENDA passage and the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Be on the look out for a vote Tomorrow.
I've been hunting the web looking for interesting resources and data on hate crimes. Here are some helpful links:
- The Republic of T. is an excellent blog that has been chronicling tragic hate crimes that have been committed against GLBT Americans. The author has been adding all of his articles to Wikipedia. This blog is true example of citizen journalism at its best. Check it out.
- The HRC Back Story has lots of info about the current bill before Congress, including the text of the bill.
- Bootstrapping Andrew Sullivan has an interesting article about the history of hate crimes legislation.
- The Williams Institute has published a fascinating report that demonstrates the prevalence of GLBT hate crimes. It compares the ratio of GLBT hate crimes to hate crimes already covered by federal legislation.
- Street Prophets refutes all the right wing propaganda against protecting GLBT that has been spewed out over the years.