Lawmakers passed the Equality Act to secure co-equal rights among all. Human rights activists take it as a sign of people’s acceptance of the LGBTQ community, which was once one of the most condemned societies in the world. However, the presence of hate crimes proves that some parts of the world are still not showing acceptance to members of the third sex.
Despite the move by legislators, other members of society still show hatred towards the LGBTQ. It is evident because some establishments are denying the LGBTQ community of necessities which are essential for living.
However, the prevalence of hate crimes in the United States also proves that some individuals are not yet ready to accept the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) shared that since 1991, over 100,000 reports reached the FBI. The organization added that gender bias continues to become one of the top three reasons for these cases of violence.
LGBT advocates labeled 2017 as the deadliest year. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) tallied 52 gender-biased crimes for the time frame, with about one homicide each week. However, although not reflected in their report, 2016 also showed a high number of LGBTQ hate crimes because of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
NCAVP also recorded that hate crimes towards transgenders continued to increase since 2012. They tracked 27 incidents of homicide, with 22 of the cases involving transgender women.
This year, the HRC’s latest report showed that 15 transgenders became the victims of violence. These events show that bias still exists in society. Not only is discrimination shown in the form of hate crimes but also through depriving the third sex of their basic human needs such as housing, healthcare, employment, and others.
To try preventing the continued increase of hate crimes in society, the FBI took steps not only to address the situation but to train their agency in responding to these incidents. The bureau collaborates with Hate Crimes Working Groups (HCWG) to use law enforcement resources and to create strategies to tackle reported incidents.
The FBI also trains local officers and the office’s agents through seminars and workshops. Through these methods, law enforcement agencies work towards achieving a peaceful society and helping people live without worrying about purpose-driven incidents of violence.