FBI Admits: Hate Crime Tracking Sucks

Hauff Gay Bashed

Alright, those are my words. They didn’t say “sucks” but trust me and my personal experience working with survivors of hate-based discrimination and violence and how tracking these personal and vicious crimes go:

It Sucks.

My mother always hated it when I said something “sucked.” But when something is done so poorly that one might say it’s really awful … a stronger word can better express the reality of said situation. I think “sucks” is appropriate here.

Hate crime tracking does suck.

[Sorry, Mom … but it does.]

This week I’m going to share some aspects about being gay bashed that I haven’t shared on the site before. I’m going to talk about the work I do with The OutJustice Foundation. And we’re going to examine hate crimes and further explain why we do the work that we do.

I’m going to get personal.

I’m going to share a little about what being discriminated against, taunted, threatened and physically violated means to me. I’m going to talk about why it happens. I’m going to examine what it means about our society. I’m going to document some of the root causes of gay bashing.

And …

I’m going to share with you how it feels to be violently targeted.

On January 10, 2010 three men gay bashed me.

And a judge acquitted all three of them even though it was an open and shut case.

So, I’m going to explain why it’s so important to me that you take a stand and how to do so. One way that you can help RIGHT NOW is to support our life-changing work at The OutJustice Foundation. Donate NOW!

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More to come …

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