Hatred is an ugly and evil thing. The irrational dislike that a person or people can have towards another is among our darkest shared traits as human beings. The USA, with a growing and diverse population is no stranger sadly to hatred that turns into violence or even worse. While it's never a fun exercise to go through some of the ugliness that we as a society have created and endured, it is also very important to never forget our past. This most recent election has proven, if nothing else, that we remain an extremely divided country and if we have any real hope of coming together in a meaningful way, then it can start by promising to never let any of these heinous acts be forgotten.
Obama signs hate crimes bill into law
More than LGBTQ people killed in the US in past two decades
Offences double since against gay and lesbian people and treble against trans people, Guardian analysis reveals. Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, including stalking, harassment and violent assault, have more than doubled in England and Wales over five years, a Guardian analysis has shown. In the most recent year of data, police recorded 11, crimes, more than doubling from 4, during this period. Transphobic attacks have soared in recent years, trebling from reports to 1, over the period examined. The findings come after two women were attacked on a bus in London for refusing to kiss in front of a group of men.
Hate crimes on the internet
The past decade has seen America make a significant shift toward public acceptance of the LGBT community. Yet currents of hate remain, and a mass shooting in Orlando has become the most tragic example. June 13, For more than a decade, mainstream America has begun to accept and embrace its gay minority at a pace that took many in the community by surprise. In , President Obama said he supported same-sex marriages.
As an immigrant who arrived in Australia in the early s, It was disheartening for me to learn of the gay-hate culture that resulted in multiple murders throughout the s. What is more concerning was the attitude of the police of the era when it came to dealing with crimes of intolerance. I hope that my comic, based on the investigative journalism of Rick Fenenely, serves as a reminder of our past, and that society should continue to move forward and not repeat the intolerance towards the marginalised. Sign up to our newsletter, Word on the Street , for your weekly dose of news, features, and culture direct from your neighbourhood. Saturday, 27th March.