Apr 29, 2009

Transgender-Inclusive Hate Crimes Bill Passes House

By a vote of 249 to 175, the United States House of Representatives voted today to pass a bill (H.R. 1913) that would include the categories of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability in existing federal hate crimes legislation for the first time. This is especially good news for the transgender community, which continues to be targeted disproportionately in bias-motivated crimes. If you have any doubts about that, you didn't follow the Angie Zapata trial in Colorado, which recently ended with a guilty verdict against the murderer of a transgender woman. The hate crimes bill now moves to the Senate.

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