It is not, of course, only LGBT New Yorkers who must fear hate crimes. Indeed, across the city hate crime has been on the rise. Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers, African-Americans, Latinos, women and more continue to break our bones and harm our souls.
Last week in Manhattan two anti-gay assaults were reported. Despite the fact that New York state legalized same-sex marriage in 2011, and that New York City has a very large LGBT population, last week's events are a sad reminder that homophobia is still alive and thriving in this city.
We are a violent, sexist society, and there is much work that needs to be done to reduce the violence. Being black and trans may compound the risk, but it is already shameful that our country throws up its hands to the violence endemic in our society.
Fox News Channel amplified its crusade against the president this week, implying that the same administration that killed Bin Laden and much of al Qaeda's leadership is apparently composed of terrorist sympathizers.
After posting "What Happened When Children Were to Blame for a Hate Crime," popular YouTube "vlogger" Hank Chen reached out to say, "Hey, let me interview you on camera and give you a chance to respond to everything that has happened since that night."
On March 15 we had visited several sites of massacres, mass murders and concentration camps where hundreds of thousands of people had been shot or otherwise killed. The next day I'm standing face-to-face with someone who might have been there.
Since Hanukkah, the holiday of light, a year and a half ago, Tag Meir has been reacting immediately and with wide media exposure to all incidents of hate crimes in Israel, especially those committed under the slogan, Tag Mechir (Hebrew for "Price Tag").
They say predictions are difficult, especially about the future. A recent report on hate crime in Russia reveals that it's been "a contradictory year," and Russian analysts simply don't know what to expect in the coming year.