One of the strongest speeches in support of the hate crimes bill that just passed the House was delivered by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA). Lee spoke out on the horrific Michael Sandy case and the many often-ignored hate crime attacks against black gay men and transgender women.
Calling these attacks "shameful" the congresswoman said: "Sadly too many of the recent hate crime attacks based on sexual orientation have been against gay black men. Like Michael Sandy who was beaten and robbed. He lay in a coma for four days because his attackers thought gay men were easy prey. Luckily New York has hate crimes laws."
Lee also referenced the murder of transgender Gwen Araujo in California.
AFTER THE JUMP, watch Lee's incredible testimony.