Hate Crimes Directed at Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Victims

  • Jack McDevitt
  • Jennifer Williamson


Globally, violent crimes committed against groups of people based on their “difference” have been occurring since biblical times. Perhaps the most egregious example to date has been the Holocaust, where six million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. Other groups were also targeted by the Nazis, including 10,000 to 15,000 homosexual men who were arrested between 1933 and 1945 and deported to concentration camps (Hamm 1994; Comstock 1991). It is alarming to note that the voices of xenophobia and racism are once again reverberating throughout German society. “The resentment associated with hate crimes can be clearly seen in a sweeping new wave of violence the largest spree of racial violence in Germany since the early days of Nazism” (Levin and McDevitt 1993a:149).


Sexual Orientation Hate Crime Amnesty International Bias Crime Hate Crime Statute 
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  • Jennifer Williamson

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