Friday, October 23, 2009

Activists Flood Streets to Support Hate Crime Legislation, Remember Those Lost

Yesterday, the Senate passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which expands the definition of a hate crime to include gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill is now headed to President Obama's desk for his signature -- Obama has already pledged to sign the measure.

In the past week, dozens of videos of marches across the country in support of the bill, and in support of Matthew Shepard, who died ten years ago, have flooded YouTube. Here's footage from this week's annual Boystown, Chicago march to remember Shepard:

A behind-the-scenes look at the National Equality March, which took place in Washington, D.C:

A rally in Queens for Jack Price, a gay man who was recently brutally attacked for his sexual orientation:


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