It's not really surprising that the FBI is reporting that hate crimes based on sexual orientation went up in 2008. The trend has already been remarked in New York and in California. It's almost as if demonization of LGBTQ people being given such a huge platform didn't work out well for us.
Also interesting is the break-down:
- 57.5 percent were victims of an offender's anti-male homosexual bias.
- 27.3 percent were victims because of an anti-homosexual bias.
- 11.6 percent were victims because of an anti-female homosexual bias.
- 2.0 percent were victims because of an anti-heterosexual bias.
- 1.6 percent were victims because of an anti-bisexual bias.
I'm going to guess that breaking things down that specifically makes it place a lot of cases. If a bisexual man gets beaten up while cruising, do police count that as "anti-male homosexual," "anti-homosexual," or "anti-bisexual" bias?
Although it's quite clear, with the FBI backing it up, that the whines coming from the right that gays are turning violent against "people who believe in traditional marriage" are fairly stupid. Straight people have always been much more violent against LGBT people than the other way around, and it's ridiculous that some would even assert otherwise.