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Hate Crime Laws

United States Map
Law covers sexual orientation and gender identity (15 states + D.C.)
Law covers only sexual orientation (15 states)
Existing hate crime law does not cover sexual orientation or gender identity (14 states)
No hate crime law (6 states)
NOTE: The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law that amended federal hate crime law to include gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. Several states have hate crime laws that require data collection for sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, but do not impose additional penalties: Indiana (sexual orientation), Michigan (sexual orientation) and Rhode Island (gender identity or expression). For additional information, contact the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, or the Equality Federation.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

35% of LGBT population lives in states that have hate crime laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity 71% of LGBT population lives in states that have hate crime laws covering sexual orientation 18% of LGBT population lives in states with laws that do not cover sexual orientation or gender identity 11% of LGBT population lives in states with no hate crime laws
Law covers sexual orientation

Law covers sexual orientation and gender identity/expression


State Hate Crime Law Year Passed
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona 2003
Arkansas
California 1999
Colorado 2005
Connecticut 2004
Delaware 2001/2013
District of Columbia 1989
Florida 2001
Georgia
Hawaii 2003
Idaho
Illinois 2001
Indiana
Iowa 2002
Kansas 2002
Kentucky 2001
Louisiana 2002
Maine 2001
Maryland 2005
Massachusetts 2002 (Sexual Orientation); 2011 (Gender Identity/Expression)
Michigan
Minnesota 1993
Mississippi
Missouri 1999
Montana
Nebraska 2002
Nevada 2001 (Sexual Orientation); 2013 (Gender Identity/Expression)
New Hampshire 2002
New Jersey 2002 (Sexual Orientation); 2008 (Gender Identity/Expression)
New Mexico 2003
New York 2002
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon 2001 (Sexual Orientation); 2008 (Gender Identity/Expression)
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island 2001
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee 2001
Texas 2002
Utah
Vermont 2001
Virginia
Washington 1993 (Sexual Orientation); 2009 (Gender Identity/Expression)
West Virginia
Wisconsin 2002
Wyoming


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Data current as of 04/23/2014