Hate crimes are still a far too common occurrence against the LGBTQ community, especially the transgender community. While the federal hate crime statute identifies gender identity as a protected class, Iowa law falls short by not protecting gender identity.
Adding gender identity to Iowa’s hate crimes law sends a loud and clear message that transgender Iowans deserve protection and dignity. Law enforcement agencies in Iowa would be empowered to investigate violence against transgender Iowans and ensure that hate crimes are prosecuted. This is a simple addition that could extend protection to some of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens.
Read Executive Director, Nate Monson’s OpEd on Adding Gender Identity to Iowa’s Hate Crimes Law
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