Just wanted to make sure everyone knows to contact their legislators about the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (H.R. 1913).
While some states have laws protecting LGBT people, there is no federal protection. Amazingly, bullying laws have failed to pass in several states. Two eleven-year old boys committed suicide this month over homophobic bullying.
At the link I posted above, you can send a letter to your congressperson. Please.
The Matthew Shepard Act gives the Justice Department the power to investigate and prosecute bias-motivated violence by providing the department with jurisdiction over crimes of violence where the perpetrator has selected the victim because of the person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Listen to the way in which Angie Zapata is discussed as a thing in the trial of her murderer. 10 years ago a young college student and a black man in Texas were brutally murdered–because of who they were.