Hate crimes are those committed due to biases based on actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or gender. Examples include: unlawful discrimination; verbal or written threats, including those in texts, emails and on social media; harassment, sexual harassment; physical assault or attempted assault; intimidation; blackmail; vandalism or property damage; hate-related graffiti; arson, burning a rainbow flag; bomb threat; robbery, and homicide.

Report hate crimes to the proper authorities, such as your local police or sheriff’s department or the FBI. Get the names, descriptions and addresses of the perpetrators and other victims. Document and save any and all evidence that can be used to investigate what has happened. If hate crimes are not reported to law enforcement, the perpetrators will continue to act on their bias and will continue to pose a threat to you and society. If you or someone you know has experienced anti-LGBTQI+ violence, you can reach and advocate by contacting the Anti-Violence Project by calling their 24-hour free and confidential hotline at 212-714-1141 or visiting their Report Violence page.

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