Hate Crimes

The LGBTQ community, and particularly trans women of color, is acutely vulnerable to acts of violence. Learn how we’re using the progress we’ve made and pushing to end crimes based on hate.

The passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act sends an important message to our nation that the federal government will not tolerate violent crimes that target individuals because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristics. Passage of the HCPA does not, however, end the need for state lawmakers to address hate-motivated crimes that terrorize communities across our country. Every state must consider ways to use state laws to supplement the HCPA.

Featured Resource

Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020

As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people, we mourn those we have lost.In 2019, advocates tracked at least 27 deaths of at…

Read Moreabout Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community in 2020

Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes Timeline

There were challenges and victories - both big and small - along the way. Here’s a look back at some of the bigger developments in the fight for passage of…

Transgender, Hate Crimes, Communities of Color

Violence Against the Transgender Community in 2016

Sadly, 2016 has already seen at least 16 transgender people fatally shot, stabbed and killed by other violent means. As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender…