The shadow of a violent crime stretches far. I got pretty upset driving through Laramie, WY today, thinking about Matthew Shepard's murder. It's hard not to, driving past all those fences, mile after mile after mile.
I started doing research on hate crime statistics, but I'm going to get out of my depth pretty quick so I won't post much. But the severity of bullying in schools seems pretty straightforward: 9 out of 10 LGBTQ kids report being harassed.
There are a lot of organizations that address the issue of hate crimes tho! DoSomething.org seems to be doing really cool stuff. It engages with millions of young people who care about social change, and seems to really get how to connect with tech-savvy millennials.