Rhode Island Extends Hate Crimes Protections To Trans Community

In a relatively unnoticed move last month, Rhode Island passed into law the Transgender Hate Crimes Monitoring Bill, which extends protections based on gender expression and identity. In addition, local law enforcement will be trained to respond appropriately and effectively to hate crimes against trans people, which will now be monitored and reported. Though this victory took place under the media radar, Rhode Island should be applauded to working to reduce hate-based violence against trans people.