The last hate crime in New York happened against a 32-year-old gay black man -Mark Carson- who was shot and killed in Greenwich Village over the weekend. The randomness and absence of motive of the crime prompted a large protest in New York on Monday which saw 1,500 people show up in one of the largest LGBT rally in years according to organizers, to make a stand against the hate that led to his death. This crime is part of a rise in anti-gay hate crimes that the FBI has reported on: “hate crimes against gay men nationwide have also gone up slightly in recent years (…) While it’s possible that more gays are reporting hate crimes, the reports do show that anti-gay violence is still prevalent in America.”
This might not be in contradiction with Gallop’s latest findings that say that in the US, a record high of people say that gay and lesbian relations are morally okay.
Americans’ views toward a number of moral issues have shifted significantly since 2001. Their acceptance of gay and lesbian relations has increased the most, up 19 percentage points in the past 12 years — to a record high of 59% today. Americans’ tolerance toward having a baby outside of marriage is also now much greater, up 15 points since 2001, to the current 60%.
Gay mariage has been legalized in several US states -this week, Minnesota became the third state to pass same-sex marriage this year, and the twelfth state overall- (for an evolution of gay marriage in the US read this Guardian article ).
As there is a gradual shift towards a more diverse society, a minority is becoming more vocal and bold in protest of those changes: highlighting the need to remain vigilant at all times.
For more of Gallop’s latest finding, hit the jump. Photo by Andre Burton/ Getty Images