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NCJ Number: 135683 Find in a Library
Title: Anti-Gay/Lesbian Violence, Victimization & Defamation in 1990
Corporate Author: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Washington, DC 20009
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Public Welfare Foundation
Washington, DC 20009-4443
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1734 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Anti-gay violence in 1990 was on the rise as reflected in data collected from gay and lesbian victim assistance agencies in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, and San Francisco.
Abstract: A true measure of incidents of violence at the national level is not possible because no national data collection organization exists. This report focuses on the local statistics in the aforementioned six cities and serves as an indicator for national trends. Though the rise in anti-gay violence may be attributed to increased reporting and revised documentation methods, such growth in episodes, including physical assaults and serious crimes, shows how critical and widespread the problem has become. A rise in general hate crimes and backlash against gay rights activism are factors which may account for the crisis growing. Recommendations for action against anti-gay violence include passage of State and local laws to counteract crimes. The Federal Hate Crime Statistics Act with its "sexual orientation" provision is a significant victory in protecting the rights of gays. 19 tables, 3 maps, and 24 references
Main Term(s): Discrimination against homosexuals
Index Term(s): Bias related violence; Hate Crimes; Violent crime statistics
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