The Daily Fix: Feds Move to Protect Trans From Hate Crimes, the 'Colbert Report' Scandal, and More
Despite the baby steps toward equality many members of the LGBTQ community have achieved, transgender men and women are the most frequent victims of violent crime, and what's worse, they are routinely discriminated against by law enforcement when they try to report it. Without protection of the law, their attackers have been known to repeatedly wage abuse with impunity.
Advocates have begun speaking out for law enforcement's equal treatment of the transgender community, and they have the statistics to back them up. In 2013, there were 14 known hate murders of transgender women in America—that's out of a total of 25 LGBTQ hate-motivated homicides.
That's why the federal government is taking action to bring local police officers up to speed on how to take this form of crime seriously. The Justice Department is training officers to better interact with transgender people because, as Associate Attorney General Tony West told The Associated Press, “Too often, in too many places, we know that transgender victims are discouraged from reporting hate crimes.”
In other news...
Tiny State, Bigger Wages: Good news for wage workers in the Nutmeg State—Connecticut has just become the first state to lay plans to boost the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. (via The CT Mirror)
Filet-O-Whale Fails: The Japanese appetite for whale has fallen off drastically—and the whaling industry is feeling the economic hit, with more than 2,300 minke whales' worth of meat sitting in freezers unsold. (via The Associated Press)
Thank You, Dr. Salk: Polio has been eradicated in the world's second-most populous nation, and the World Health Organization says India has vaccinated 7.5 billion children over 17 years. As recently as 2009, India had half the world's polio cases. (via Time)
No GMO Labels: It's unnecessary to mandate GMO labeling because there will be a voluntary guideline. At least that's what FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg just told a House subcommittee on Capitol Hill. (via Politico)
What Colbert Didn't Report: When Comedy Central tweeted something insanely racist under The Colbert Report's handle, in reference to an earlier segment (that much of the Internet apparently hadn't seen), it sparked a viral movement to cancel the show. That's unlikely, but the backlash shows that wherever you come down on the satire–versus–opportunistic spin debate that Esquire dissects, stereotypes hurt.
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