Hated the Same – Protected Differently

365Gay.com – by Jennifer Vanasco – 365Gay.com

Q&A: Rebecca Stotzer

Hate crimes are equal opportunity ? we?re victimized at about the same rates as African-Americans, Jewish people, and Muslims.

This was the biggest surprise in a new hate crimes study that came out this month from the UCLA School of Law?s Williams Institute updating older research. Hopefully, it?s in time to affect legislation now wending its way through the Senate. Read the study here.

365Gay talked with Rebecca Stotzer, public policy fellow at the Williams Institute and the author of the study, about the lack of gender identity crime statistics, what most people don?t understand about hate crime laws, and what should happen next.