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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.

May 22, 2013

Homophobic attacks have more than doubled in 2013 compared to the same point in 2012

A man is facing jail for being connected to one of several anti-gay attacks in New York City.

Gornell Roman is accused of yelling homophobic remarks and attacking a gay man he had been drinking with on Monday (20 May).

He was charged with assault and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes, by police today (22 May), according to the Associated Press.

May 22, 2013

They say system 'dehumanizes, scapegoats and vilifies all immigrants, including LGBT immigrants'

LGBT groups are livid that gay couples will not be included in a new bill that would offer US citizenship to immigrants living in the country before 31 December 2011.

Senator Patrick Leahy (pictured) had tried to have same-sex couples included in the legislation but could not garner support from even his fellow Democrats who said they did not want the inclusion to jeopardize overall immigration reform.

May 18, 2013

Culprit in police custody for homicide where anti-gay slurs were allegedly used

The murder of a New York City man early this morning is being investigated as a hate crime.

According to multiple reports, the 32-year-old was shot in Greenwich Village, a well known city neighborhood, early this morning (18 May). The name of the victim is being withheld until family are notified.

Allegedly the victim and culprit had a loud argument and shots were fired. The culprit ran, but was caught by the police approximately five blocks from the scene. The victim was transported to hospital where he died.

May 5, 2013

Two laws just approved by Albania's parliament make it one of the countries with the most advanced legislation in the region for protection of LGBT people

Albania amended its criminal code and put hate crimes against sexual orientation and gender identity on par with an offense against gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, disability and so on.

It also passed a new law punishing the dissemination of homophobic information through any means (including the internet) by a fine and up to two years imprisonment.

May 5, 2013

New York City DJ  Mister Cee will go on Hot 97's morning to show to explain his arrest for soliciting a male prostitute

Mister Cee, a popular DJ at the New York City radio station Hot 97, was reportedly arrested last week for soliciting a male prostitute.

According to the website Rod 2.0 (who linked to a Daily News article), the 46 year-old allegedly approached an undercover police officer. Cee, whose legal name is Calvin LeBrun, will appear on the station's morning show tomorrow (6 April) to explain last week's events.

April 25, 2013

Gay rape joke goes viral in India, but Facebook says it does not violate the Community Standard on hate speech

Indian cult T-shirt brand Bewakoof has apologized for a joke about gay rape on their Facebook page.

After cricketer Chris Gayle set a world record in an Indian Premier League match in Pune earlier this week. Bewakoof posted a joke that said 'If a man rapes another man, he is called GAY. If a man rapes 11 other men he is called GAYLE.'

The joke got more than 15,000 shares and 18,000 likes before it was taken down.

April 19, 2013

New York woman was jailed with men despite being arrested for a crime only a woman can commit

A transgender woman may be seeking legal action after she was arrested for exposing her breasts and being jailed with men in Georgia.

Ashley Del Valle, 38, from New Yorkm was arrested by Savannah police for indecent exposure on 14 April.

She was placed in a various cells in the men’s prison ward for four days before her family posted her $3,500 (€2,680) bail.

April 18, 2013

A man who killed a gay teen with Asperger's syndrome by burning him alive was sentenced for only three and a half years

The Attorney General has told the Court of Appeals to review the sentence of a man who was given just 42 months jail for burning a gay teen to death, Gay Star News has learned.

Steven Simpson, who had Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy was celebrating his 18th birthday when the incident happened in the early hours of 23 June last year.

As he became more drunk, homophobic insults were scrawled on his arm and stomach and he was encouraged to strip to his underwear and dance.

March 25, 2013

Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill and Stop Hate UK say 42 months jail is not enough for Jordan Sheard who set light to gay teen Steven Simpson on his 18th birthday

The Attorney General is reviewing the sentence of a man who was given just three-and-a-half years jail for burning a gay teenager to death, Gay Star News has learned.

Steven Simpson, who had Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy was celebrating his 18th birthday when the incident happened in the early hours of 23 June last year.

March 18, 2013

Gossip lead singer was detained for causing a commotion outside a bar after she was reportedly refused service for being drunk

Lesbian pop star Beth Ditto was arrested for ‘disorderly conduct’ on Friday (15 March).

The Gossip lead singer, whose real name is Mary Beth Patterson, was reportedly detained after she was denied service in a Portland bar because she appeared to be drunk.

According to a source who told Willamette Week, Ditto left the bar and ‘walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed “Obama! Obama!”’

March 8, 2013

'Gender identity' named for the first time in Greek law, transgender people will now be legally protected from hate crime

'Gender identity' has been named for the first time in the Greek legal system, as a protected group in hate crime legislation.

The change to Article 66 of the Penal Code Amendments was introduced by opposition MP Vassiliki Katrivanou and Aphrodite Stabouli, spokesperson for Syriza, the coalition for the radical left.

Minister for Justice, Antonis Roupakiotis, accepted the amendment so that the legislation now reads: