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Panama draft law calls for jail time for anti-gay hate crimes

Gay rights activists in Panama presented a bill to lawmakers that would make hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transsexuals illegalGay rights activists in Panama on Monday presented a bill to lawmakers that would make hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transsexuals illegal — and punishable by up to a year in jail. “What we want is for the Panamanian state to recognize our sexual orientation and gender identity, so we can be citizens legally speaking,” said Ricardo Beteta. It calls for perpetrators of hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity to get sentences of six months to one year in jail, as well as fines of 500 to 5,000 dollars.

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