Recent hate crimes against LGBT people are being alleged in supposedly gay-friendly cities like Washington, D.C., Provincetown, Mass., and Long Beach, Calif.
In Long Beach -- a city of 460,000 that has a gay city councilman and an annual Pride festival that draw attendees from all over the West Coast -- five gay men were attacked in the last 10 days. Two of the men were assaulted in the gay-popular Broadway corridor. A 21-year-old man has been charged in one of the crimes. Read more here.
Meanwhile, in Provincetown, a popular gay destination on Cape Cod, two men were assaulted last weekend after they told a driver and a male passenger that they were traveling on the wrong side of the street; the gay men had antigay epithets directed at them before they were attacked with a beer bottle. Read more here.
In Washington, D.C., two transgender people were recently attacked, one this week and one in June, and one of the victims died. The two transgender people had semiautomatic weapons fired at them not far from each other in northeast Washington. Lashay McLean died of wounds received in the June 20 attack. Read more here.