In the U.S. one hate crime takes place approximately every hour of every single day.
In 2008, the most recent year in which such data is available, 7,783 incidents of hate crime were reported to the FBI.
1 out of every 6 of these hate crimes is committed on the basis of sexual orientation.
Gay men and lesbians are the third most targeted group for hate crimes of the ones that are actually reported. It is widely believed that these numbers are significantly higher, as victims of hate crimes based on sexual orientation are afraid to report the crime to authorities.