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Massachusetts attorney general; Art Agnos, Mayor of San
Francisco; and Leo McMarthy, Lieutenant Governor of California.
Arne H. Carlson (R), Governor of Minnesota, proclaimed March 6
"Gay and Lesbian Hate Crimes Awareness Day" in that state.
The nationwide Campaign to Count and Counter Hate Crimes
marks the beginning of a new national strategy to foster a
community-based response to hate violence, says NGLTF's Berrill.
During the campaign, NGLTF will work with grassroots
organizations to document hate crimes, educate gays on resisting
violence, and advocate for strong public response to the problem.
The campaign will promote self-defense and street safety
initiatives, law enforcement education, passage of hate crimes
legislation, victim support and advocacy, and other measures.
"Our community has responded heroically to the challenge of
AIDS," said Berrill. "In the face of a second epidemic -- an
epidemic of bigotry and violence -- we must now develop and
implement new strategies to safeguard our lives. This Campaign
will help channel our growing rage and anguish into action."
Community and Government Action in 1990
On April 23, 1990, President Bush signed into law the Hate
Crime Statistics Act, which requires the U.S. Department of
Justice (DOJ) to collect data on crimes based on sexual
orientation, race, religion, and ethnicity. The first federal
law ever to include a sexual orientation provision, the bill was
an historic victory for the nation's lesbian and gay community.
On the state and local levels, more laws to counteract anti-
gay crimes were enacted in 1990 than in any previous year.
Victories in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois,
Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont
brought to 12 the number of states (excluding D.C.) with laws
that monitor or penalize crimes based on sexual orientation.
Currently, bills addressing anti-gay crimes are pending in at
least 10 states.
Fighting Back Against Hate Crimes -- Report Recommendations
Policy recommendations for action include: (1) adequate
funding for implementation of the federal Hate Crime Statistics
Act and other anti-hate crime measures; (2) passage of state and
local laws to curb anti-gay violence and other bias crimes; (3)
training programs for law enforcement personnel to ensure
competent and sensitive handling of bias crimes; and (4)
educational programs in the schools, churches, and wider
community to counteract anti-gay prejudice and other forms of
[Editor: Please call Robin Kane at NGLTF for a copy of the report
and additional graphics, (202)332-6483.]
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