How Legislation Aimed at the LGBT Community Impacts the Frequency and Nature of Hate Crimes in the U.S.


by : 
Megan G.


Anti-LGBT hate crimes have become increasingly common in the past few years. Some research has been done on the demographics of people who are most impacted and on reporting discrepancies that underrepresent the frequency of hate crimes; however, very little research has been done to explore the leading causes for the increase, including whether anti-LGBT legislation plays a role in hate crimes. This project will explore how bias against a population is related to receiving single-sided information that is intended to invoke fear of that population. The intent is to determine whether or not anti-LGBT legislation, which is generally rooted in fear, is a cause of hate crimes.