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September 24, 2014

Kathryn Knott, 24, had posted homophobic messages on Twitter

The three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia surrendered to authorities on Wednesday (24 September) and it turns out one of the them is the daughter of a local police chief.

Kathryn Knott, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy along with Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26.

September 23, 2014

District Attorney Seth Williams: 'An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia'

Three people will be charged in a mob attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday  (23 August).

But they will not be charged with a hate crime.

Bucks County residents Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24 will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy, according to the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 11, 2014

Police are appealing for information after a man was punched and kicked by a fellow passenger

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered a homophobic assault on a London train.

The victim boarded the train from Charing Cross, an area popular with the LGBT community, to Bexleyheath at around 5.30am on 15 July. This was only the second train to run that Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Michael Willoughby said: ‘During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

‘The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.’

August 1, 2014

'Oh, you're a man!', he shouted before he reportedly hugged the victim in a 'sexual way' and began stabbing her

A man is being charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a transgender girl in Washington DC.

The 15-year-old girl, who has not been identified, was on a Metro train when the suspect began mocking her appearance.

Reginald Anthony Klaiber, 24, allegedly realized the girl was transgender and began to get aggressive.

‘He came to my friend and said you have red hair,’ Jae-la White, a friend of the victim, said.

‘My friend said ok, and then he said, “Oh, you’re a man!”’

July 4, 2014

Reports of homophobic hate crime went up by 7% and transphobic hate crime went up by 65% in the last year

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is appealing to Londoners to help tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is hoping to enable the LGBTI community to feel confident in reporting crimes to the police.

In order to do this, they have asked LGBTI Londoners to fill out a consultation so they can inform a new strategy to be revealed in autumn this year.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing crime, said: ‘Levels of hate crime are too high and there is significant under-reporting.

June 27, 2014

Nick Antjoule from Galop, the LGBT safety charity asks whether homophobia and transphobia is increasing in the UK

Pride season is here and all over the UK people are getting ready to march against prejudice and hate, celebrate and inebriate.

But while our communities take pride in what we have achieved in the fight against prejudice, we are still faced with the reality of hate crime just for being ourselves.

A man sprayed with ammonia in Vauxhall, damaging his eyesight. A couple attacked by a gang in Whitechapel.

This is the reality.

June 23, 2014

The Government of Mongolia is proposing to pass new laws protecting LGBTIs and ethnic minorities from hate crimes after a wave of attacks by neo-Nazis against vulnerable groups in recent years

LGBTI people and ethnic minorities will be protected from being subjected to hate crimes in Mongolia if a government proposal goes forward.

Homosexuality has been legal in Mongolia since 1961 but homophobic views are pervasive throughout society and LGBTI rights were only discussed in parliament for the first time in April of last year.

LGBTI people have been subjected to a number of severe violent attacks in recent years, as have ethnic minorities, as there has been an up swell in neo-Nazi inspired nationalist groups in the country.

April 27, 2014

Mersyside police have promised to crack down on homophobic and transphobic crimes, which figures show are on the rise

The police and crime commissioner for Merseyside, UK has promised to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, which figures show are on the increase.

Jane Kennedy has said she is committed to stamping out these hate crimes, which police figures show have increased from 2012 to 2013.

Numbers show there were 1,256 incidents of hate crimes in 2013, 11% of these were homophobic and 4% were transphobic.

Altogether the figures show a 7% increase from hate crimes reported in 2012.

April 10, 2014

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons denied all charges of sexual assault

British gay politician Nigel Evans was cleared of all charges of rape and sexual assault in court today (10 April).

The former deputy speaker of the House of Commons was on trial for rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and an attempted sexual assault against seven young men from 2003 to 2013.

While the 56-year-old admitted to making 'drunken passes' at men in his past, he denied all of the charges and said he was innocent.

April 1, 2014

Gay woman said in court she was 'totally humiliated' by the sexual assault she allegedly suffered that dislocated her hip 

A British man tried to rape a woman to ‘cure’ her of being gay, a jury was told.

Ronald Paton, 50, is accused of hurling homophobic abuse at the 63-year-old woman before trying to sexually assault her – and dislocating her hip in the process.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the man knocked on the victim’s door, invited her in for a drink, and then attacked her.

February 25, 2014

Police are appealing for help after three men attacked a man for walking with another man in the Scotland capital city's centre

A man is recovering in hospital after a ‘vicious’ homophobic attack in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The victim was walking with another man through the city centre when three men came up and started to verbally abused them.

One of the three then punched one man to the ground and two men then kicked him on the face.

As two passers-by approached the attack, they chased the three man as they ran off into Castle Terrace where they lost sight of them.

The victim was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

February 1, 2014

Charlie Drummond, 2007 Mr Gay UK regional champion and Big Brother Series 10 finalist, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after he snapped a man’s ankle in an unprovoked assault in Newcastle last April
 

Charlie Drummond, a former Big Brother finalist and Mr Gay UK regional winner, was yesterday (31 January) found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 21 months behind bars.

On trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the jury heard how Drummond had launched an unprovoked attack which left the victim with a fractured leg and badly dislocated ankle.

January 25, 2014

Six family members from Blackburn have been sentenced to up to six years after attempting to kidnap their sister’s gay partner last summer

Six family members have been sentenced after they attempted to kidnap their sister’s lesbian partner in Blackburn, Lancashire, last June.

The pre-planned attack took place near where Nazma Ditta’s partner, Sarah-Jane Harrison, worked and was captured on CCTV. Five sisters and one brother were involved in the assault.

January 11, 2014

The two men arrested have been in a relationship for over 10 years, the mother of one of the men told a local newspaper

In what’s a rare case in a country which has a reputation for a low crime rate, the police have arrested two Singaporean men, believed to be responsible for kidnapping a 79-year-old woman for a ransom of S$20 million.

Heng Cheng Boon, a 50-year-old credit card salesman, and 41-year-old odd-job worker Lee Sze Yong were arrested and charged on Friday for allegedly kidnapping Ng Lye Poh on Wednesday, according to local media reports.

November 10, 2013

Richard Thomas, 16, set fire to Sasha Fleischman's skirt as they slept on a bus

A California teenager has been arrested on suspicion of a hate crime after an assault on a genderqueer person.

Richard Thomas, 16, set fire to the skirt of Sasha Fleischman while they slept on a city bus.

Fleischman, 18, was hospitalised after the incident, suffering from second and third-degree burns on their legs.

Despite being 16, Thomas will be charged as an adult on counts of aggravated mayhem and felony assault.

The attack is also being investigated as a hate crime after Thomas told investigators he committed the act 'because he is homophobic'.

November 2, 2013

Florida teenager Tavares Spencer shot his victim after discovering her gender history, then bragged about attack to friends

A teenager in Florida has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a transgender woman.

 

Tavares Spencer shot Coko McDonald on 9 April this year after he discovered her gender history.

 

Tampa police said Spencer initially believed she had been born female, and turned violent when she explained to him her trans history.

 

October 6, 2013

Congresswoman Sol Aragones’ bid comes after hate crime monitor reports 17 killings in 2012

In 1998, a police act in the Philippines led to the creation of dedicated desks in police stations across the country after society realized crimes against women and children needed a different perspective with the victims needing greater sensitivity and support.

Run by female police officers, these desks now exclusively handle crimes against women and children.
 
Now Philippine Congresswoman Sol Aragones is seeking similar LGBT desks in every police station to handle hate crimes against the community.

September 25, 2013

Alex Hausner's mother says son diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 12

Court doctors said this week that Alex Hausner, charged with stalking and harassing CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend, is mentally unfit to stand trial.

Hausner, 38, is accused of repeatedly contacting Cooper and boyfriend Benjamin Maisani for a six-month period this year before he was arrested on 27 July and charged with menacing, stalking, harassment and aggravated harassment.

He is aleged to have banged on the door of their New York City apartment at one point and saying: 'I swear to f---ing God don't insult me, I'm going to f--- you up.'

September 21, 2013

Alleged perpetrator reported to be working in Qatar, where homosexuality is banned

Police in India’s Maharashtra state are seeking to issue a red alert in the country’s airports for the arrest of a man alleged to be a gay rapist.

According to the Indian media, police have disclosed the identity of the man accused of sodomizing a younger man since 2006 when the victim was a minor.

September 10, 2013

Conservative member of parliament has denied all previous accusatons of indecent sexual assault

British gay MP Nigel Evans was rearrested on suspicion of two further sex assaults today (10 September).

The House of Commons Deputy Speaker is now facing seven sexual assault allegations but has yet to be charged.

In a statement, Lancashire Police said: ‘He [Mr Evans] has subsequently today been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further victims.

‘He will be interviewed about these new allegations at a police station in Lancashire during the course of the day.

September 10, 2013

He is being charged with eight offenses alleged between 2002 and 2013

British gay MP Nigel Evans has resigned from his post as deputy speaker of The House of Commons.

The resignation today (10 September) came after Crown Prosecution Service announced that he is being charged with sexual assault, rape and other offenses.

'We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans,' said Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions told BBC News.

June 3, 2013

New York City continues to have a troubling string of anti-gay bias crimes

This past Saturday (1 June) the New York City Police Department released drawings of two suspects wanted in anti-gay hate crimes.

One is sought for a 27 May attack on a city subway. A 27-year-old gay man was talking to another man, when they were approached by the culprit. An anti-gay slur was yelled and the victim was punched twice in the face. According to the police, the suspect fled to to the back of the train.