I don't know if you've heard yet, but a comprehensive hate crimes bill (H.R. 1913) has passed the House Judiciary Committee and is about to come up to a vote in the full House of Representatives. I've joined with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund to ask my representatives to pass this legislation without delay.
We've been trying for years to get hate crimes legislation passed -- and right now is our best opportunity to finally win. Will you please take just a few minutes to contact your representatives today and urge them to pass comprehensive federal hate crimes legislation?
Every hour, every day, at least one hate crime offense is committed somewhere in the United States. Of those attacked, it's estimated that at least 15% of hate crimes are related to a person's perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. But the biggest crime here is that this very same legislation that would help protect the most vulnerable communities affected by hate crimes has been before Congress many times, yet we've never seen it become law.
Please, take action right now to help us make sure that this time, our legislators hear us loud and clear and pass federal hate crimes legislation.