State Laws and Legislation

Virginia Hate Crimes Law

Gender identity protected? No
No provision of Virginia's hate crimes law explicitly recognizes violence based on gender identity. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-57 (2002).


Sexual orientation protected? No
No provision of Virginia's hate crime law recognizes violence against individuals because of their sexual orientation. Race, religion, conviction, color and national origin are the categories explicitly recognized under Virginia's hate crimes law. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-57 (2002).

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Updated: Tue, March 13, 2007 - 10:59:59