The Transgender Inclusion Project supports Senator Thatcher’s hate crimes bill in its current form and is encouraging its passage the way it is, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Those who say that they would vote for the bill if it didn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity as protected attributes are signalling that they believe someone may be attacked without recourse because of who they are or who they love, many times based on misguided moral or religious beliefs.
Any Utahn should have the same rights to justice if they are specifically targeted for a crime as a result of being a member of a perceived population.
We are continuing to support and work with Senator Thatcher on this issue. Please contact your legislators, and have your friends contact their legislators to let them know that as their constituent, you expect their support of this bill.