City Desk

Sexual Orientation Hate Crimes Jump In Wards 7, 8

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier

According to new D.C. Police data [PDF], there has been a total of 36 hate crimes committed in the District  as of September 30. That's about the same for 2008 and 2007's totals of 38.

By far, the majority of hate crimes have revolved around sexual orientation. As of Sept. 30, there have been 31 such crimes reported. There could be many more. As WTOP's Mark Segraves pointed out on his must-listen Ask The Chief segment, sometimes officers do not report hate crimes as hate crimes. [In a recent hate-crime incident I did some reporting on, D.C. cops did not report it as a hate crime].

On the WTOP segment, Police Chief Cathy Lanier did admit that since the report was issued, sexual-orientation based hate crimes have jumped to 35.

Numbers can be debated. But one number can not: the rise in sexual orientation hate crimes in Wards 7 and 8 [police districts 6 and 7].

In 2008, 13 percent of sexual orientation hate crimes took place in these wards. So far in 2009, the number jumped to 32 percent.

On a side note, only two councilmembers—Yvette Alexander and Marion Barry—voted against the gay marriage bill. Who do they represent? Wards 7 and 8.

*photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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Comments

  1. #1

    Im surprised by this

  2. #2

    Same here. My experience has been that most people here in Ward 8 are very tolerant. Homosexuality here isn't anything new and people are out here which is why I was very disappointed (but not surpised) that our councilmember would vote against the gay marriage bill. I wonder if the uptick is reflected in officers finally reporting these type of crimes. Regardless, one hate crime is one hate crime too many and offenders should be proscecuted to the full extent of the law. No one should be afraid to be themselves. There are many people in Ward 8 who feel that gay men and women should have the right to marry who they want to marry. The Ward 8 Democrats even passed a resolution to support that.

  3. #3

    Anytime LGTB citizens make any progress toward being legally treated as actual human beings, the hate crimes toward them increase.

    I guess it has something to do with that heterosexual morality we keep hearing straight people scream their heads off about while committing acts of extreme violence toward innocent people.

    Morality indeed.

    If only god would install Heterosexuality v2.0 in them WITHOUT the violence and crazy plug-ins, we might actually achieve a respectful society one day. Until then, it is Heterosexuality v1.0.

  4. #4

    If you're concerned about hate crimes in the District, police performance and related issues, I strongly encourage folks to check out (and be supportive of) the org GLOV. Excellent group led by smart and dedicated residents:

    http://www.thedccenter.org/programs_glov.html

  5. #5

    Barry and Alexander are free to vote their conscience. Those that are unhappy with them are free to vote them out of office.

    In the meantime, citizens are being assaulted/maimed/murdered so address that now regardless of where you fall on the GLT issue. Sex crimes goes far beyond sexual orientation; Deviants that are harming citizens for any reason need to be dealt with swiftly and severely.

    You may not agree with the lifestyle but they are still citizens and deserve the same respect as anyone else. You don't represent JUST the heterosexual citizen; GLT pay taxes TOO just like I do.

    Duty calls...answer the call lest you be gainfully unemployed come election time.

  6. #6

    I believe most of the crime in ward 7 and 8 comes from the low life punks in Prince George's County. The police need to get their ass out of the scout cars and walk, bike, what ever, in the neigborhoods and get to know the people and interact.

  7. #7

    I didn't think any white gay males lived in Wards 7 & 8.

  8. #8

    Blame it on the black church. YES I said "black" church. They have fed the homosexual paranoia from the pulpit for decades. Is it a wonder that the communities that they serve stoop to violence fueled by intolerance?

  9. #9

    YOU SMELL THAT?!

    THIS HAS GAYTANIA AND FRIENDS ALL OVER IT! CAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT!

    JUST BECAUSE SOME GAY BLADE IS GETTIN ROBBED FOR HIS TRICKIN MONEY THE POLICE CANT AND SHOULDNT REPORT IT AS A HATE CRIME! IM SURE THEY WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THOSE CASES THEN RECLASSIFIED THEM AS HATE CRIMES AFTER THEY INTERPRETED THEM IN SUCH A WAY.

    THE ONLY TIME A HATE CRIME SHOULD BE LISTED AS A HATE CRIME IS WHEN THE PERSON COMMITTING THE CRIME DOES IT OUT OF HATE AND FOR NO OTHER REASON.

    FOLKS ITS REAL SIMPLE. A HATE CRIME AGAINST A HOMOSEXUAL IS WHEN SOMEONE IS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF ONE AND SCREAMS I HATE HOMOSEXUALS WHILE DOING IT. A HATE CRIME IS NOT "PUNK GIVE ME YOUR MONEY!" YOU ARE GETTING ROBBED BECAUSE YOU ARE GAY. THEY DONT HATE BECAUSE YOU ARE GAY!

    THEY WANT TO DRIVE UP THE HATE NUMBERS(CRIME STATS)FOR WHAT REASON I HAVENT QUITE PUT MY FINGER ON IT YET.

    Jon Bon Jovi THEY DONT! THIS IS WHY IT IS PURE BULL SHIT!

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    proballdc'S COMMENT IS PISSING ME OFF. SO IMA LET HIM HAVE IT REAL QUICK.

    YO DUMBASS THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE "BLACK" CHURCH. WHILE CHURCHES ARE THE MOST SEGREGATED VENUES IN THE U.S. MOST CHURCHES THAT BLACK FOLK GO TO ARE PREDOM BAPTIST, THEN ISLAMIC THEN CATHOLIC.

    PAY ATTENTION COCKSUCKER IM ONLY GOING TO SAY THIS ONCE. BLACK FOLK ARE CONSERVATIVE BY NATURE. CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF WE ARE NOT A BUNCH OF BOOTY SHAKIN HOES AND BAMA ASS PIMPS. WE ARE MARRIED, EDUCATED AND DEEP ROOTED FAMILY PEOPLE WHO GO TO CHURCH AND BELIEVE IN THE TEACHINGS OF THE RELIGION WE SERVE. SO BECAUSE OF THIS OUR LIVES ARE IN THE ORDER OF WHAT WE ARE TAUGHT THROUGH THE BOOK OF OUR RELIGION OR WHAT OUR PARENTS TAUGHT US.

    IN ALL OF MY OVER FORTY YEARS I HAVE NEVER HEARD A PASTOR SAY A WORD FOR OR AGAINST YOU PUNKS. IT IS JUST COMMON KNOWLEDGE IN BLACK COMMUNITIES THAT WE DETEST HOMOSEXUAL MEN BECAUSE OF YOUR UNNATURAL ACTS. THIS IS IN OUR DNA. JUST BECAUSE THE CHURCH DONT BACK YOU THANGS ON YOUR ENDEAVORS IS NO REASON TO GO POSTAL ON THEM WITH YOUR COMMENTS.

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    HEY Bill SEE THATS THE PROBLEM!

    WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN TRANSFORMED THAT THE REST OF US WANT TO OR SHOULD BE?

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    HEY Grumpy YOUR COMMENT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO FENTY!
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  10. #10

    My comment is out there for anyone, AD included. AD and Lanier set the scope for MPD. They decide where the resources go, which 'team' gets the bodies.

    They seem to not want to listen to the everyday constituent; this paper has run several stories about how community policing efforts that were working suddenly got changed without warning, folks reassigned without cause, commanders seen as effective by the community being reassigned or demoted, etc.

    Voters/Taxpayers need to remember these issues when it's election time.

  11. #11

    I've spared with 'NOODLEZ' before on gay issues and suggested to him before that because he is a dumb ass bigot that he should go and join up with the other dumb ass bigots in the klan in Frederick County, Maryland. I guess he hasn't made that ride up I270 yet!

  12. #12

    HEY RICK?

    HOW'S YOUR ASS?

    I KNOW MY FOOT IS SORE FROM KICKING YOU ASS THE OTHER DAY! I APOLIGIZE FOR THE DISHING OUT THAT ASS WHOOPIN THE OTHER DAY BUT YOU HAD IT COMING!

    YO TWINKLE TOES F.Y.I. IM NOT A BIGOT!

    I HAVE HOMOSEXUAL FRIENDS AND WE HAVE HEATED DEBATES WHEN IT COMES TO THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ISSUE! AFTER WE AGREE TO DISAGREE WE TAKE A SIP OF OUR DRINKS AND THEN DISCUSS OTHER ISSUES THAT WE AGREE ON.

    SO IMA SPARE YOU THIS TIME BECAUSE ITS SUNDAY AND MY SKINS ABOUT TO PLAY AND I WANNA KEEP MY POSITIVE ENERGY.

    PEACE!

  13. #13

    Enjoy the game and the rest of your Sunday, Noodlez. From the way you write, and what you write, you probably have a full day of dodging DCPS truant officers tomorrow.

  14. #14

    'NOODLEZ', you know the 'skins' will lose again, I'm watching the Cowboys and the Giants today, have a good Sunday!

  15. #15

    Thanks for posting the stats. While, I'm not glad that the numbers are up in 7 & 8, I think it's important that this article was published so our leaders can begin to better understand who their constiuents are and what types of intolerance they are facing.

  16. #16

    Saying that something is "skyrocketing" when it could be just year-to-year variations in an extremely small sample size is poor reporting.

    7th District anti-gay crimes rose 33%, yes. But that simply means they rose from 3 to 4. To seize on that as evidence of anything at all is preposterous.

    6th District anti-gay hate crimes rose more substantially, from 1 to 6. But even there, the numbers are so very small that it's hard to conclude much of anything. (For one thing, we all know that there must have been more than one homophobic crime in 6D in 2008. The fact that there was only one such crime reported in 2008 almost certainly just shows how underreported the crimes were that year -- which makes it hard to draw any particular conclusion from the year-on-year change.)

  17. #17

    SHITTTT! MY SKINS LOST SO IM MADDER THAN A COCKSUCKER IN A ROOM FULL OFF CUNTS!

    I FIGURE YOU THANGS CAN RELATE TO THAT ONE AND WITH THAT BEING SAID-

    YO TEACH! NICE HANDLE.

    DONT BE MAD AT ME BECAUSE YOU ARE INADEQUATE! JUST LIKE YOUR SIMPLE LIL POST IS LIKE A TIC TAC IN A WHALES MOUTH. WHAT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH SNOW ON THE GROUND TO KEEP YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER IN THE HOUSE CAUSE YOUR SNAUSAGE NOT FILLIN UP YOUR MANS ASS OR YOUR LADIES SNATCH SO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU GOT POKE AT SOMEONE ELSE WITH YOUR INADEQUACY.

    AS MY DAUGHTER WOULD SAY "CHILD PLEEZE!"

    LOOKEE HERE CHAMP IM NOT THE ONE! SO TAKE YOUR LIL PIZZLE DICK COMMENT TO THE BLADE AND TRY TO POKE SOMEONE THERE WITH IT!

  18. #18

    Unpacking the Numbers
    Racism, Poverty and the Response to Anti-LGBTQ Hate Crimes in D.C.

    by Sadie Ryanne Baker

    Published in the Metro Weekly on January 21, 2010, 5:59am

    As a survivor of violence and a lesbian trans woman in a world that treats my identity as delusional or deceptive, I understand fear. I also understand the growing concern about the rise in reported hate crimes in D.C. Despite the Metropolitan Police Department's failure to track anti-trans violence, it's safe to say that many such incidents target trans people.

    The numbers upset me, and they don't even include cases that police fail to report, or that survivors fear reporting: undocumented immigrants who fear they'll be deported, sex workers who fear they'll be arrested, trans people who fear what the police might do when they find out that their ID card and appearance don't match.

    According to MPD's statistics, from 2008 to 2009 anti-LGB hate crimes rose the most in Wards 7 and 8, encompassing the poorest neighborhoods in D.C. I have heard commentary from LGBTQ people implicitly or explicitly blaming "black churches" or "black people" for encouraging a climate of violence in these neighborhoods -- completely erasing LGBTQ communities of color, especially those who are part of faith traditions.

    Before we allow such racist nonsense to continue, we should ask ourselves a few questions.

    First, with such a small sample size, are these numbers statistically significant? Biased crimes based on sexual orientation reported in Wards 7 and 8 rose from seven in 2008 to 10 in 2009. Is an increase of three reported crimes, comparing only two years, enough to warrant what the MPD calls a "marked shift''? While surely even one hate crime is too many, we should be wary of scapegoating these neighborhoods based on such limited data.

    Second, are the figures accurate? Wards 7 and 8 are among the most heavily policed areas of the city. Perhaps the higher number of reported crimes is due more to disproportionate policing than disproportionate trans/homophobia.

    But even if there are more incidents of anti-LGBTQ violence in Wards 7 and 8, is it reasonable to assume that people in these neighborhoods are "more trans/homophobic," or are other factors in play? Many hate crimes start off as other crimes, such as muggings. With D.C.'s intense wealth gap, neighborhoods with the highest incidence of homelessness, addiction and other poverty-related problems are also likely to have the highest rate of muggings, theft and property crimes. Focusing on race in discussions about trans/homophobic violence obscures the role of poverty in promoting violence.

    Finally, before we call for increased policing we should ask whether having more police on the streets is in anyone's best interest. D.C. has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, fed by programs such as the "Prostitution Free Zones" and "All Hands on Deck." Such policies target marginalized communities like LGBTQ folks, especially poor and low-income young trans women of color. D.C.'s racially skewed prison population – only 2 percent white – underscores that point.

    Due to employment discrimination, lack of family support, and insensitive or inadequate social services, LGBTQ people are more likely to end up on the streets, where their survival may depend on criminalized activities like sex work. Combined with police profiling, these factors increase the likelihood that LGBTQ people will be detained, arrested or sent to jail. Jail is a dangerous place for LGBTQ folks, particularly trans women. Many trans women are placed in male facilities, where they are at incredibly high risk of rape and contracting HIV.

    We should all be concerned about anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, wherever we live. But we must not jump to dangerous conclusions - like pretending hate crimes only happen in some areas, blaming anti-LGBTQ hate crimes on people of color, or using this as a reason to call for more severe police tactics in those neighborhoods. If we want to stop the violence, we must critically ask how poverty and racism fuel transphobia and homophobia, and strive to develop creative strategies to end all of them.

    ___________

    Sadie Ryanne Baker lives in Northeast and works with the DC Trans Coalition, a human-rights organization for transgender, transsexual and gender nonconforming communities in D.C. (dctranscoalition.org.)

  19. #19

    Noodlez- you limp dick basturd. How have you been? Still angry I see. You are probably responsible for most of these crimes yourself, you simple-minded bigot.

    I agree with the statement that some of the black Churches, especially in these wards and in PG- remember our ugly ass friend Bishop Harry, is responsible for causing the paranoia against homosexuals. The reference the bible as justification to bring harm to homosexuals- kind of weird that they forgot the "love thy neighbor" part.

    I would also argue that the Catholic Church in the District has done its share to spread the hate, but I don't know how many of them are in these wards. Let's see if Georgetown reports a boost.

  20. #20

    It isn't right when guys rape someone that they call a "tease", nor is it right for someone to get beat down or murdered because a guy couldn't tell that the fine chick he was hitting on...used to be a guy (in some cases, still packing the original equipment). The point is this: if you "holla" at someone and (s)he responds, don't get mad if you find out (s)he's packing. Walk away and make sure that you do your homework--so that you don't pick up another transexual by mistake--unless you find yourself into that.

    If "Black" churches were the primary sources of moral terpitude that fuel anti-homosexual bias, then "Black" churches would also be able to clean up the negative objectification of women in the Black community. So, let's not play the "church" card, people. Plenty of anti-LGBT sentiment comes from Black people who don't attend church on a regular basis; most of these people worship at the altars of BET, NBA, and NFL.

    Long story short, robberies and muggings are just robberies and muggings. A dude stomping another dude because the first dude thought the second dude was a cute chick--and got mad because the second dude looked good as a chick--is a hate crime.

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