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Issues

The Facts

Hate crimes occur when a crime victim is intentionally selected because of her or his identity.

FBI national hate crimes data from 2011 show that there were 6,222 total hate crime incidents reported that year. Of those, 20.8 percent were motivated by the victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation. That number shows an increase from 2010 and 2009, which saw 19.1 percent and 17.7 percent respectively of hate crime victims targeted because of a bias against a particular sexual orientation.

In 2011, of the 1,572 victims targeted due to a sexual-orientation bias:

• 56.7 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-male homosexual bias.
• 29.6 percent were victims of an anti-homosexual bias.
• 11.1 percent were victims of an anti-female homosexual bias.
• 1.5 percent were victims of anti-bisexual bias.
• 1.2 percent were victims of an anti-heterosexual bias.

FBI statistics on gender-identity motivated crimes are unavailable at this time.

Read the latest FBI Report on Hate Crime Statistics nationally and in Illinois.