Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Hate crimes are not new for LGBT Americans, a stark reality of the second-class citizenship we as a community must endure. Discrimination is embedded in our nation's laws, trickling down into our backyard. It feeds the bullying that our youth face in school, the anti-LGBT rhetoric uttered by homophobic legislators who refuse to recognize our loving, committed relationships, and the hate crimes we suffer at the hands of bigots.

And yet, as we reel in shock and horror of losing yet another one of our brothers to a hate-motivated crime, we must ask ourselves what we are going to do about it.

It is a paradigm of our social conscience that love conquers hate, yet it requires us to act. It is time we stood behind that message in support of all LGBT Americans, in every aspect of life, at all levels.

HRC has written an open letter to the mayors of every major U.S. city, along with all 50 governors calling on each and every one of them to take a decisive stance in defense of the safety of its constituents.

Join HRC in taking action by showing that you stand on the side of justice and peace. Demand equality NOW, not someday.

Sign our open letter to elected officials to speak out against anti-LGBT violence.

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