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Puerto Rico Hate Crimes

Will Puerto Rico Move Forward with Plans to Strip LGBT Residents of Their Hate Crimes Protections?

Michael K. Lavers | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael K. Lavers

It would appear obvious that Puerto Rican authorities have a responsibility to protect the island's LGBT residents who continue to live in fear. The reality on the ground, however, is far different.

Cristina Costantini

Despite Many Murders Of Gays, Puerto Rico To Exclude Them From Hate Crime Law | Cristina Costantini | Posted 12.10.2011 | Latino Voices

Two years ago, on a desolate street in central Puerto Rico, a gay 19-year-old named Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was savagely killed: decapitated, disme...

Advocates Tell Puerto Rico: Do Not Eliminate Hate Crimes Protections

Joe Mirabella | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Mirabella

At a time when violence toward the LGBT community in Puerto Rico is high, the country's legislature is poised to remove protections from their existing hate crimes law for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.