This bill seeks to do a better job of including the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community in the protections granted by federal hate crime laws.
H.R. 442 aims to do so by removing a current requirement that defines hate crimes as acts that:
• involve interstate travel on the part of the perpetrator or the defendant;
• involve a weapon;
• interfere with interstate commerce.