October 31, 2009

Confetti: Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Prevention Act

So I've clearly been under a rock, because I somehow missed the fact that the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act has been expanded, in Obama's words, because "we must stand against crimes that are meant not only to break bones, but to break spirits — not only to inflict harm, but to instill fear."

This is the first federal law explicitly protecting transpeople! Hope for momentum!