gay_flag_lede.jpgAccording to a press release sent by the SFPD, the police department will be sponsoring a Hate Crime Symposium tonight at the SF LGBT Community Center. The symposium, which lasts from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, will include an informational presentation and a Q&A.

US Department of Justice Attorney Susan Badger, FBI Special Agent Melissa Patrick, as well as other elected officials will be on hand discussing the roles they play in prosecuting hate crimes.

The symposium coincides with National Coming Out Week and falls just one day after the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, whose tragic beating on on October 12, 1998, spawned the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.”

What: Hate Crimes Symposium
When: Thursday, October 13 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: The SF LGBT Community Center Rainbow Room: 1800 Market St on the 2nd floor
Cost: free and informative

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