By: Alexi Velez
December 2, 2014
The “gay bashing” of a Philadelphia couple in September 2014 was widely covered by national news outlets. In the wake of the attack, it became apparent that LGBTQ Philadelphians find limited benefit, if any, in current state and federal hate crime statutes. Additionally, there was a striking disparity between reactions to the September attack and past attacks suffered by transgender Philadelphians. Why are hate crime laws unavailing? Why have hate-driven crimes against transgender individuals been treated so differently?