gay_flag_lede.jpgThe San Francisco Human Rights Commission is holding a special community meeting tonight in the city’s Castro District to discuss recent trends in hate crimes and how the city can help those targeted.

The meeting, being held at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center, will include comments from several city officials, including District Attorney George Gascon, state Sen. Mark Leno, state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Supervisor Scott Wiener.

A presentation will be given on hate crimes in the Castro–particularly those targeting members of the LGBT community–as well as how such crimes are defined and where victims can turn for help.

In addition to focusing on LGBT issues, the meeting will also feature a presentation on the experience of black people living in the Castro, and the steps being taken to encourage a stronger sense of belonging among that community.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at 100 Collingwood St.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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