Gay bashing is a hate crime By Diane Carman, Denver Post Staff Columnist Arthur Dong is a gay man who has experienced more than one beating at the hands of homophobic psychopaths. In 1996, he decided to fight back. Video camera in hand, Dong entered the belly of the beast. What he found was even more horrible than he imagined.
Violent hate crimes against LGBT people tend to be especially brutal, even compared to other hate crimes: "an intense rage is present in nearly all homicide cases involving gay male victims". It is rare for a victim to just be shot; he is more likely to be stabbed multiple times, mutilated, and strangled.
The history of violence against LGBT people in the United States is made up of assaults on gay men, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender individuals (), legal responses to such violence, and hate crime statistics in the United States of America. Those targeted by such violence are believed to violate heteronormative rules and contravene perceived protocols of gender and sexual roles.
Gay bashing describes any bias-related incident, ranging from harassment to murder, targeting LGBT people or people perceived to be LGBT. Two Gay Men Attacked in Possible Hate Crime in D.C.