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Recently, the FBI released their annual Hate Crime Statistics for 2010 and, once again, the number of hate crime victims attacked because of their sexual orientation has increased.

According to the report, 1,528 victims were the target of a hate crime due to their sexual orientation. This means 19.3 percent of all hate crimes in 2010 were because of a person’s sexual orientation. This number is up from 2009 report, which said 18.5 percent of hate crimes were because of a person’s sexual orientation.

Of the victims this year, nearly 900 were the attacked specifically because of anti-male homosexuality. The next highest statistics (anti-female homosexuality) claimed approximately 700 less victims than male homosexuals, with bisexuality and heterosexuality remain in the double digits.

We can only expect these numbers to increase. The Human Rights Campaign’s statement regarding hate crimes is as follows:

Every hour, a crime motivated by the perpetrator’s bias against the victim occurs in the United States. These hate crimes terrorize whole communities by making members of certain classes – whether racial minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, religious minorities or people who are perceived to be members of these groups – afraid to live in certain places and be free to move about in their community and across the country.

Despite campaigns, such as “It Gets Better” and a huge support group from people with a huge fan-base (President Obama, Lady GaGa, Sean Avery, etc.), hate crimes targeted toward sexual orientation is still increasing.

Perhaps by attempting to create equality for the homosexual community, we’re causing more friction between groups that already have hatred toward LGBT.

This is just more of a reason for supporters of LGBT to keep fighting and preventing these types of crimes. If someone is being bullied or harmed because of their sexual orientation, religious viewpoints or race, they need to seek help.

For more information about the 2010 Hate Crime Statistics, please click the following link: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime/2010/tables/table-1-incidents-offenses-victims-and-known-offenders-by-bias-motivation-2010.xls

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