The FBI has released statistics covering the hate crimes that occurred in America in 2010, and, as usual, it's not a shining beacon of positive news for gay men. Details and the breakdown follow.
There were 8,208 victims of hate crimes in 2010. Appalling, right? Of that number (as seen in the graph above), 19.3 percent were victims of sexual orientation-based hate. The FBI breaks down this figure further:
Of the 1,528 victims targeted due to an offender’s sexual-orientation bias:
- 57.3 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-male homosexual bias.
- 27.5 percent were victims of an anti-homosexual bias.
- 11.8 percent were victims of an anti-female homosexual bias.
- 1.4 percent were victims of an anti-heterosexual bias.
- 1.9 percent were victims of an anti-bisexual bias.
As you might've noticed, a nearly identical number of hate crime victims in 2010 were attacked because of their religion. Despite what NOM would like you to believe, the overwhelming majority of these were anti-Jewish or anti-Islamic attacks.
The FBI's figures for religious-based attacks:
Of the 1,552 victims of an anti-religion hate crime:
- 67.0 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-Jewish bias.
- 12.7 percent were victims of an anti-Islamic bias.
- 4.2 percent were victims of an anti-Catholic bias.
- 3.0 percent were victims of an anti-Protestant bias.
- 0.5 percent were victims of an anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
- 9.1 percent were victims of a bias against other religions (anti-other religion).
- 3.5 percent were victims of a bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
So, NOM, let's break this official report down to expose your incredible exaggerations used to attack gay families as the lies they are:
If there were 1,528 anti-LGBT attacks in 2010 and 1,552 anti-religion attacks of which 7.2 percent can be accounted for anti-Christian sentiment, that leaves 112 victims. So, just keep that discrepancy in mind anytime NOM or other anti-gay hate groups try to inflate the situation by saying overwhelming amounts of "marriage defenders" are being attacked for their homophobic beliefs.
In other news, we need to do something about the troubling amount of anti-LGBT hate crimes in this country...