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Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes on The Rise In New York City

Published: May 24, 2013 | 1:53 pm
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(CNA)-Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn, Speaker of the NYC Council, announced a five-point plan to keep the city’s LGBT population safe after a spate of vicious hate crimes targeting LGBT New Yorkers. The move comes even as hate crimes as a whole are down across the city are down, but there has been a horrific jump in the number of crimes based on sexual orientation,Lez Get Real reports.

According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, “Hate crimes are down this year, almost 30%, but anti-gay hate crimes are up over 70%.”

Current Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the rise in anti-LGBT hate crimes on Tuesday stating “No person – regardless of what they look like or who they love – should ever walk down the street in fear.” The past two weeks has seen five crimes against LGBT people. The most violent was the shooting death of Marc Carson.

Carson was killed in Greenwich Village by a gunman who made homophobic remarks before shooting. That shooter, Elliot Morales, is facing second-degree murder as a hate crime.

Hoping to deter further hate crimes, the NYPD set up temporary headquarter command vehicles in the various LGBT neighborhoods through at least the end of June, when the city holds its Pride celebrations.

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