The targets of hate crime: Jews, Muslims, and gay men

Published: July 21, 2014

Gay men are exceptionally likely to be the victim of a crime of hate, according to statistics from the FBI and population estimates from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. For every 10,000 gay men, there were nearly two victims of a hate crime. It’s worth noting, however, that accurately estimating the total number of gay people is difficult, and there is also disagreement about the accuracy of the FBI’s statistics. The bureau relies on reports from police and sheriffs around the country to compile its data, and many observers worry that local agencies often refuse to classify cases as hate crimes due to biases of their own.

 

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