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Hate Crimes Against Gay Men Increased Last Year, Data Shows

Sunday, July 17, 2011

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With less than a week before same-sex couples can get get married in New York, new data reveals that hate crimes against gay men in the state have increased.

There were 114 bias attacks against gay males in the state in 2010, a nearly 40 percent increase from 82 attacks in 2009, according to a new report from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (PDF).

Offenses against gay men were the most commonly reported hate crime in 2010, followed closely by crimes against blacks and Jews.

Two-thirds of the hate crimes in New York City against gay men occurred in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Ejeris Dixon of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, an organization that tracks violence against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, said the increase in numbers may mean more victims are willing to come forward — not that more crimes are committed.

"What we would love to tease out is how much of it is an increase in people coming forward to report incidents or to receive support, and how much of it is an actual increase on violence," said Dixon.

Dixon added: "When visibility of LGBT communities rises, people learn more about anti-violence projects and then report more often," said Dixon.

If the numbers reflect an increase in violence, Dixon said that could mean a backlash against the visibility of gay rights issues during the last year such as the movement to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, the push to get gay marriage passed in New York and the first national summit on LGBT youth safety.

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Lacey McAuliffe

Hate crime is the cause of the increase in attacks towards gay men. These people shouldn't be penalized for being who they are. If attacks are happening, the government should do something about it. Hate crime can be hurting words but the effect is still the same. The blog even stated that offenses against gay men are the most common reported hate crime in 2010 closely by crimes against black and Jews. Hate crime can effect a many diverse groups and should be taken seriously.

Jan. 25 2012 11:08 AM
John E. Clinton from Mt vernon, NY 10553

There is a desperate need for justice in Mt Vernon NY. I move here about 2 years ago and been having some issues with depression. I left and returned 8 months ago to find what has been an issue in my life sense my youth. I had been molested as a child and did not know the effects of the molestation. It was done by someone that practiced satanic rituals. Someone from the Islands. As some may well know this allowed them to have a gate way into your life. For the past 248 day I have been being stalked by two men that live in the apt. above mine. I was shocked to find out that they are my actual child molesters. In the past 8 months they have boo bee trapped my car by flattening the tier an putting gasoline/oil in the body of it. They have stolen everything from my underwear to the silverware that I eat with. They have also tryed to steal my Identity. These two men do not sleep they do rituals at night and use people to do their craft. I have contacted the police in regards to the break ins and nothing has ever been done. They are aware of them but afraid to do what is needed be cause of the lies they have told them. These men have been stalking gay web sites like adam4adam to lure guys to the building. The people that they have so called got (gave blow job and swallowed the sperm) and connected to the get them here and try to make what they call fall (kill them). Many of these guys are HIV positive and they stress them out to bring down their immune system. This is a slow process of murder. To them it is a sacrifice ritual where they so call capture souls. The are serial killers on the loose. I have contacted everyone from the local police, to the FBI, to the mayor of the town, to the white house. Everyone seems to be at the mercy of these two satanic killers.

Please see my facebook page for full details...
https://www.facebook.com/#!/john.e.clinton

You may also contact me at 914-258-8722

Aug. 21 2011 12:13 AM
Richard Speck from waco, tx

I think there should be an increase in police presence in states like new york, texas, oregon and any other state where gays and lesbians are at risk for hate crimes to protect gays and lesbians from being attacked. As a gay man I think having a strong police presence where I live would be helpful. I feel for any person who is gay that would be attacked because of their sexual orientation.

Jul. 27 2011 11:51 PM
maria from ky

Brooklyn..not surprised. Used to be Jewish area, now mostly blacks. The minorities r turning into each other. But that should change /improve now that by law crime is to pay. I know black males r threatened by gays.
I knew a lesbian woman who Is very butch..often mistaken as a male.. frequently gets harassed or beaten by black males. The black males r very angry at gays. Very toxic anger. It is common.A lot of black gay males have tremendous problems in black neighborhoods. Many fear for their lives. Many r beaten by own family b/c being gay.

Jul. 19 2011 02:33 PM

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