I don't like hate crimes laws in general because people should be punished for their actions, not their motivations. If someone hurts someone they should be prosecuted. I don't think someone should be punished more for hitting someone and yelling "take that dyke" than for hitting someone and not saying anything at all. Also, if some idiot spraypaints a swastika on a wall and some other idiot spraypaints "joe was here" it is both vandalism and should be punished the same way.
What I think we should do about hate crimes is quit waiting for the cops or "justice system" to protect us and start protecting ourselves. Gays are easy targets because we seen as weak and that we won't go to the cops because the cops won't help us. We need to stand up for ourselves. I am a member of Pink Pistols and the NRA. We should look out for each other and have our own security.