- what the Bible really says about homosexuality
- how minority cultures sometimes foster hatred against the LGBT individuals in their midst
- why child welfare services don't protect LGBT youth from peer violence
- how internalized LGBT self-hatred can be expressed as domestic violenceHate crimes do not occur in a cultural vacuum. From Hate Crimes to Human Rights searches out the roots of hatred and suggests ways to eradicate them, drawing on economics, theology, and linguistics as well as sociology, history, and political science. Specific suggestions include:
- how to use language as a social and cultural change strategy
- what individuals and universities can do to promote human rights
- how to make use of the intersection of difference and tolerance to prevent hate crimes
- why equal treatment for LGBT individuals is a human rights issue, not a special-interest advantageFrom Hate Crimes to Human Rights provides powerful explanations of the ways hatred generates hate crimes and proposes positive action you can take to validate human rights. A Statement from the Authors One of the premises of this book is that if we want to progress from hate crimes to human rights, we must learn to respect, honor, and celebrate diversity. The chapter authors exemplify a rainbow of ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Each of us is committed to advocate for human rights and to work to end hate crime. Toward those ends, the royalties from the sale of this book will go directly to a memorial fund that has been established at Monmouth University in Matthew Shepard's honor. The proceeds from that fund will be used to support students in their preparation for human rights advocacy.