Are Hate Crimes Stats Up Because of More Violence? Or More Reporting?

“The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people killed in bias-motivated incidents increased by 28 percent in 2008 compared to a year ago, according to a national coalition of advocacy groups. Last year’s 29 killings was the highest recorded by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs since 1999, when it documented the same number of slayings, according to a report released Tuesday by the coalition. […] Officials weren’t sure whether reported increases were attributable to more people reporting incidents or an actual rise.” [AP]