Let us break this down for you....
On September 11, 2014, two gay men were attacked by a group of men and women in Philadelphia.
The group also yelled "disparaging remarks" aimed at the couple's perceived sexual orientations, according to a police report.
Both men were taken to the hospital. One of them had to have his jaw wired.
The Philly PD posted surveillance footage of the suspected assailants online.
Thanks to anonymous Twitter user @FanSince09, and others, many of the suspects were ID'd.
Sidebar: @FanSince09 is the best. Read our full interview with him, here.
Tons of media outlets initially reported the attack as a "hate crime."
I mean, let's review what happened.
Wouldn't you call that a hate crime?
Well, it's not.
Sexual orientation is not protected under Pennsylvania's hate-crime laws.
(Philadelphia is located in Pennsylvania, just so we're clear.)
And Pennsylvania's not alone. There are 44 states with hate-crime laws on the books*.
These laws offer legal protection for groups on the basis of their race and religion, among other means of identifying.
However, only 30 of those states' laws address hate or bias-motivated crimes based on sexual orientation.
And only 15 of those states protect gender identity along with sexual orientation.
That means that if a transgender person is attacked for being transgender...
...The attackers could not be charged with a hate crime in 35 states.
And you know what that is?
Same goes for a cisgender person who is attacked because they are perceived to be transgender.
And if a lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight person is attacked for being (or at least appearing to be) lesbian, gay or bisexual...
The attackers could not be charged with a hate crime in 20 states.
One of those states is Pennsylvania.
And that's why the group that attacked those two gay men on the night of September 11, 2014...
...Have only been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, among other offenses, and not what they could have been charged with elsewhere.
Learn more about LGBT bias at LookDifferent.org.
* Human Rights Campaign's "State Hate Crimes Laws"