Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

Victory in 2009: LGBT-inclusive federal hate crimes legislation achieved!

Oct. 28, 2009, our community saw the passage of the first LGBT-inclusive federal law: hate crimes legislation. The Task Force has been working to achieve this victory since forming its anti-violence project in 1982, and was on hand at the White House the day President Obama signed the bill into law.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey had this to say about the signing of the bill:

"Laws embody the values of our nation, and through the enactment of this hate crimes law, our country has — once and for all — sent a clear and unequivocal message that it rejects and condemns all forms of hate violence, including crimes motivated by hatred of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."

To read the full statement, click here.

Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey, former Federal Legislative Director Becky Dansky, board co-chair Marsha Botzer and Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper pose for a photo outside the White House before attending President Obama’s Oct. 28, 2009, reception where he delivered remarks about signing federal hate crimes legislation.

More than 30 organizations, including the Task Force, issued a joint statement titled History in the Making, about the historic signing of the hate crimes bill.

Learn more about the Task Force’s long history of working on hate crimes legislation here.