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Thu., Oct. 13, 2011, 9:16 a.m.

Is Gay Bashing A Problem In Idaho?

Boise police data show that attacks motivated by bias against someone’s race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation — generally called “hate crimes” — are rare. In 2010, there were a total of seven hate crimes reported in Boise, including five listed under race, and one each listed under ethnicity and religion. Hate crimes due to sexual preference reported? Zero. So far this year, there has been just one reported hate crime due to sexual orientation, Boise police data show. But the data don’t reflect the reality on the street, according to Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour (pictured) and other members of Boise’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. LeFavour put out a warning on Twitter this week about a “horrible rash of anti-gay hate crimes.” She encouraged readers to watch out for each other and report what they see/Katy Moeller, Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you believe hate crimes are becoming rarer in Idaho, especially those based on sexual orientation? Or they're being reported less?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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