Thanks to Rod 2.0 for alerting us to Representative Barbara Lee's passionate support for the Hate Crimes bill in the House: Too Many Hate Crimes Are Against Gay Black Men.
As many of the comments in Rod's column share, we should be aware that Barbara Lee was the ONLY legislator to vote "no" to Bush's initial Iraq War plan back when war was all the rage in the early 2000s. Of course, we all know how right she was back when many thought she was so wrong.
It's nice to hear a politician specifically naming black gay men as a target of hate crimes. Not that any one groups wants to be the designated "victim" per se. But it seems rare these days for black gay men (or black gay women too) to be advocated for in larger LGBT community discussions.
She's on the side of what's good and right.
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