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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has declared October 19 "National Hate Crimes Prevention Call-In Day," a day to lobby the leaders of the House of Representatives to enact the Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) before Congress adjourns. The HCPA would add sexual orientation along with gender and disability as categories protected under federal hate crimes law, as well as greatly expanding federal authorities' ability to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. On October 5, 2000, a House-Senate conference committee voted 11 - 9 to drop a Senate rider with the HCPA language from the major defense spending bill (see PlanetOut News of October 5), despite a strong majority of the House having voted to "instruct" their conferees to retain the rider (see PlanetOut News of September 13). The HCPA has majority support in both the House and Senate including Republicans as well as Democrats, has long had the vocal support of President Bill Clinton (D), has been endorsed by some 175 organizations including law enforcement and civil rights groups, and according to polls is favored by about two-thirds of the public. (From, October 18, 2000)

Reference Information:

November 10, 1997

On November 10, 1997, the President convened the first-ever White House Conference on Hate Crimes, a day-long event held at The George Washington University. At the Conference, the President announced significant law enforcement and prevention initiatives to get tough on hate crimes. The Conference examined the positive actions that communities are taking and outline the steps we all can take to prevent hate crimes.

A hate crime is the embodiment of intolerance -- an act of violence against a person or property based on the victims race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Every year, thousands of Americans are victims of hate crimes -- and it is suspected that many more go unreported. Teenagers and young adults account for a significant proportion of the country's hate crimes -- both as perpetrators and victims. Every time one of these crimes is committed it creates tension and fear, and tears at the fabric of community life.

The Conference is an important element of the President's Initiative on Race and of his vision for One America. Members of the President's Advisory Board on Race participated in the Conference at satellite locations.


The President, Vice President, Attorney General and Secretary of Education were joined by other members of the Cabinet, Members of Congress, selected state and local officials, and approximately 350 leaders from the law enforcement, civil rights, anti-violence, youth, education, and religious communities.

Hate crimes survivors also attended. Participants included representatives from all 50 states. Thousands more participated at over 50 satellite-linked events across the country.


President's Remarks at White House Conference on Hate Crimes
President's Closing Remarks at White House Conference on Hate Crimes
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Hurtful Acts Hurt Kids
Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Contact the White House Conference on Hate Crimes at (202) 456-6350.