RECORD YEAR FOR ANTI-GAY MURDERS

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    Jun 03, 2012 12:36 AM GMT
    More murders motivated by anti-gay bias occurred last year than any year since the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs began collecting data in 1998, the national advocacy organization reported this week.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/02/anti-gay-hate-crimes-murders-national-coalition-of-anti-violence-programs_n_1564885.html
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    Jun 03, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    Perhaps the key word here is "reported".
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    Jun 03, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    I think it's easy to get discouraged when faced with such statistics, but I do think that society in general is improving in how it's dealing with 'gay' issues.
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    Jun 03, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidPerhaps the key word here is "reported".



    Yes, that is very much part of it. Years ago it would not have been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. The family did not want that information out there and law authorities would usually comply. It is a lot like the increase in teen suicide so often reported today, much of which can be explained by the deaths actually being listed as suicide when years ago many of these deaths would have been reported as something like an accidental injury to save the family embarrassment that once came with suicide, some even thought of it as a sin. People are much more sympathetic to it today and it doesn't have the stigma it once did.
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    Jun 03, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    I'm sure there's more than what was reported. Not knowing the nature of each of the crimes reported, my question is were all of the crimes motivated solely by sexual orientation? Because there is a difference between crimes committed against GLBT and crimes specifically motivated by someone's sexuality.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of trying to decipher intent of a crime unless it's overtly noted. Furthermore, what violent crime isn't a hate crime? They're all pretty much motivated by anger, jealous, etc. A crime is a crime. I think they should all be punished equally.

    Still, I agree that something needs to be done.
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    Jun 03, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    I wonder if someone, not me, but someone was to look back into the 60's when congress was debating equal rights, and murders of black people were not uncommon, especially in the South, and I wonder if during the changing times of those moments in history, did the murders of the oppressed increase. It would be interesting to see if the controlling interest, the whites in the South during the 60's and the fearful hetro-male christians of today, are lashing out at the marriage/equality movement for gays at this juncture of history.
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    Jun 04, 2012 6:52 AM GMT
    that's a reasonable hypothesis... i wonder where you'd find the official data to cull to dis/prove the point...
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    Jun 04, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    smartmoney saidI wonder if someone, not me, but someone was to look back into the 60's when congress was debating equal rights, and murders of black people were not uncommon, especially in the South, and I wonder if during the changing times of those moments in history, did the murders of the oppressed increase. It would be interesting to see if the controlling interest, the whites in the South during the 60's and the fearful hetro-male christians of today, are lashing out at the marriage/equality movement for gays at this juncture of history.


    I think this is plausible. It is commonly seen in psychology that when one's beliefs are challenged by others, you have two options: Change or bolster your beliefs.

    Because of this, this is why we are seeing a large fringe group taking over the Republican party..they are reacting to the liberalization of many American policies by swinging further right in order to protect their beliefs and psyche...Would make sense that violence against targeted groups would follow with further bolstering of one's already hate filled beliefs.
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    Jun 04, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidI wonder if someone, not me, but someone was to look back into the 60's when congress was debating equal rights, and murders of black people were not uncommon, especially in the South, and I wonder if during the changing times of those moments in history, did the murders of the oppressed increase. It would be interesting to see if the controlling interest, the whites in the South during the 60's and the fearful hetro-male christians of today, are lashing out at the marriage/equality movement for gays at this juncture of history.


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