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.

How much hate do we have to see before we acknowledge it’s a problem?

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.

Stop it.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!

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  1. Thanks for bringing this important piece of legislation to everyone’s attention. Indeed, there is far too much hate in the world. Sometimes it seems overwhelming. However I like think upon the words of Mahatma Gandhi “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.”

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