70 Under 30

’50 Under 30′ Youth Hate Crimes Report Re-Issued: Almost 20 New Victims; Re-Titled ’70 Under 30″

WASHINGTON (December 4, 2008) — The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition’s 2006 hate crimes report, “50 Under 30: Masculinity & The War Against America’s Youth” has been updated and re-issued. Because of the nearly 20 new murders, the new title has been changed to “70 Under 30.”

Said GenderPAC Executive Director Riki Wilchins, “It’s sad to see so many new murders so quickly. We had hoped to only need to update this report every few years or so, but the pace of violence has surpassed our expectations.”

The report highlights the continuing vulnerability to assault that individuals face if they are young, of color and gender non-conforming. It also underscores the limited resources for safety and support many of them have.

“While many youth who don’t fit gender stereotypes for masculinity or femininity face harassment or bullying, when it comes to gender-based murder the victims are specific and consistent,” said Wilchins.

“The victims tend to be Black (or Latina), biologically male and presenting femininely or as female. Many were transgender or gay identified. And all were killed by young males in extremely violent attacks,” added Wilchins.

The original report spurred a coalition of groups including Amnesty International (USA), the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the National Education Association – Health Information Network to join together. The organizations called on policy-makers and law enforcement officials to address the epidemic.

To view or download the complete report, visit www.70under30.org.


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