Investigative Reports: Anti-Gay Hate Crimes

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Matthew Shepard’s murder resulted in a national outcry. Unfortunately, Matthew Shepard is only one example of a young person who faced homophobic violence. The documentary “Anti-Gay Hate Crime: A & E Investigative Reports” looks deeper into hate crimes against gays by investigating firsthand accounts of homophobic violence. These accounts are provided by the daughter of a gay couple, an openly gay teen, and a straight man mistaken for being gay. These are real life stories which support the claims that anti-gay hate crimes are on the rise. A major driving force against open homosexuality is the church. In this documentary, the role of homophobic religion is also discussed and how it might contribute to anti-gay violence unintentionally. Anti-gay hate crimes are on the rise, and affect everyone gay and straight. If these violent incidents of homophobia and ignorance continue growing without any attempt to put an end to them, then the very freedoms of gay individuals are jeopardized

The documentary interviews a girl and her lesbian parents. From the tender age of 12, this girl started being the target of homophobic taunts from her classmates when she was in Grade 6. Day in and day out she was forced to endure this torture without any interference from teachers or other school administrators. The years passed and things remained the same. When in high school though, these taunts and verbal attacks became more serious. She was attacked and bashed by a male student on school grounds. No one helped her during this attack, not even school administrators whom she says were present at the time. For safety reasons, the girl withdrew from school. A year after withdrawing she still faced verbal abuse when she left her home. Having to endure this type of abuse day in and day out can definitely cause psychological damage to the victims. This girl and her parents live with the fear of being attacked at any moment each and every day. All of this because of what? Because her...
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