UPDATE: Hate crimes bill passed by a landslide in the House, 249 YEA to 175 NAY. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the final tally. A companion bill has been introduced into the Senate by Senator Kennedy. Excelsior!
UPDATE 2 (from Autumn): Quote from NCLR:
I’m thrilled! — This was very important! It’s the first time Congress has passed hate crime legislation that specifically includes gender identity.
—Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
HR 1913, the federal hate crimes bill, is being debated right now on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN has live feed here. There is still time to CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and ask them to vote for this bill. Here’s how.