“Threats of violence against the LGBTQIA+ community are on the rise, according to the Department of Homeland Security. As we go into June, which is recognized as Pride Month nationwide, locals and law enforcement are working together to keep people safe.
DHS states about 20% of all hate crimes reported throughout the country in 2021 were motivated by bias linked to sexual orientation and gender. “It’s not something new to most people who are LGBTQIA because they have been the target,” says the Morning Host of KGAY 1065, John Taylor. “It’s the boldness and the fact that it is so out in the open, like, if you look down arenas road, we have had so many vigils on this road, whether it be the Pulse, or Club Q, or George Zander, who was a victim of hate crime and violence here in this town, you know, so we’re not living in a bubble, even though we’re living in paradise here in Palm Springs…”