It was one of those non-coincidences New Age types call synchronous. On the same day that the man in Gracie Mansion released one of his periodic, glowing self-evaluations announcing that city streets are now not only virtually crime-free but clean enough to eat off, a small group of activists gathered in City Hall Park to announce that, for them, the opposite is true. "It is clear that the city is steadily growing safer," alleged Mr. Quality of Life, an hour before advocates for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community released statistics asserting that reports of antigay crime have increased by a staggering 81 percent in the past year. So far in 1998 the NYPD's bias crime unit has officially classified 76 crimes as motivated by hatred against people perceived to be gay. That's up from 42 during the same period last year. As it happens, hate crimes against other groups declined during the same period, one reason being the city's selective response to different... More >>>