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why it matters:Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes

Of the 5,922 single bias hate crimes in 2013, 20.8% were based on sexual orientation and 0.5% on gender identity. And this number doesn't even begin to account for the nearly two-thirds of hate crimes that go unreported. In addition, “Of all crimes, hate crimes are most likely to create or exacerbate tensions, which can trigger larger community-wide racial conflict, civil disturbances, and even riots."

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