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October 16, 2014

Bam Aquino says the number of LGBTI murders will continue to rise if harsher punishments are not introduced

Philippine Senator Bam Aquino has called for harsher punishments for hate crimes against LGBTI people in the wake of the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude.

'We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated,' Aquino said in a press statement.

Laude, 26, was found dead with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city last week.

October 14, 2014

'I got a card saying sorry for the loss of your cat, but with a smiley face drawn on it'

The leader of a Welsh LGBTI support group has said his pet cat was killed because he is gay.

Andrew Davies, chief executive of the Swansea Bay Unity Project, said he discovered his dead black tomcat after it was dumped outside his home.

His pet, who he named Jose, had been found forced fed with paracetamol tablets.

Davies has said this is just one of the many hate crimes he has witnessed in Wales. And while gay marriage may be a reality, it doesn't mean there are some who wish 'homos were banned from the area'.

October 1, 2014

'I am pleased both boys accepted responsibility for their actions'.

Two UK teens have been ordered to give away their pocket money after they sentenced for an anti-gay assault.

The pair from Battle, East Sussex - around 30 miles east of Brighton - attacked a man and used homophobic slurs on 14 March this year.

As they are aged 15 and 16, they cannot be named for legal reasons. They have both been ordered pay a total of £200 ($320, €260).

This included compensation to the victim, a victim surcharge and legal costs. The pair were also made the subject of a referral order with the Youth Offending Panel.

September 26, 2014

'Philadelphia is known all over the world as a city that celebrates and values diversity and we will not allow a few thugs to tarnish that reputation'

Two Philadelphia councilors have introduced a bill that will cover sexual orientation in the city's hate crime laws.

The legislation is a response to the 11 September attack of two gay men. While three suspects are facing four charges each, sexual orientation and gender expression are not listed n the city's, or state's, bias statutes.

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.

September 14, 2014

The 20-year-old, who had just moved home to Wales, was called a 'faggot' and had petrol thrown in his face

Tyler Maddick, 20, was blinded in one eye after an anti-gay attack just days after moving home to Swansea, Wales after studying at the London College of Fashion.

He was walking home from Swansea city centre late on Thursday when a car drew up alongside him then stopped, according to The Wales Online. His attacker called him a 'faggot' before throwing petrol in his face.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

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.

March 25, 2014

Pastor James David Manning is certain the suspect was 'motivated by pure and simple hate'

The New York Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the anti-gay ATLAH World Missionary Church as a hate crime.

'That’s exactly what it is,'  ATLAH Pastor James David Manning said to the Daily News. 'It was motivated by pure and simple hate.'

March 21, 2014

Judy Shepard: 'I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one'

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps rose to prominence after protesting the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998.

But now that Phelps himself has died this week at the age of 84, Shepard's family has no desire to celebrate.

His mother, Judy Shepard, said in a statement: 'Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, (my husband) Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one.'

March 7, 2014

Man was left with a broken lip and nine missing teeth after a brutal attack during gay pride week in Austin, Texas in October 2012

‘It’s just been hard on the inside more for me than the outside, not because of how people see me, but how I feel about myself.’

A victim of a gay hate crime has received a six-figure oral reconstruction surgery for free after nine of his teeth were knocked out.

In October 2012, during gay pride week in Austin, Texas, Andrew Oppelman and Nick Soret were severely beaten while waiting for a slice of pizza at a food truck.

February 25, 2014

Conservative radio host says: '... It's now been proven (it) didn't happen' while discussing Jason Collins wearing #98 in honor of Shepard

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made tne bizarre claim on Monday that Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder led to a federal hate crime law in the US, was not killed because he was gay.

Limbaugh was discussing the return to the NBA of Jason Collins who wears the number 98 on his uniform in honor of Shepard and the year he was murdered.

February 18, 2014

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.

January 26, 2014

Presently there are no suspects in the attack that left gay journalist Randy Gener unconscious, blocks away from his New York City home

Police are investigating an attack of gay New York City journalist as a possible hate crime.

On 18 January Randy Gener, a writer and editor, was a block away from his midtown Manhattan apartment (approximately 10 blocks from Times Square). He was attacked by a number of unknown suspects, left unconscious in the street.

When police arrived, the victim was lying in a pool of his blood with his head bashed in.

November 28, 2013

The FBI has released its hate crime figures for the year 2012, finding an over-all drop of 7% but gays and lesbians are still being attacked at the same rate

Prejudice over a victim’s sexual orientation was the second largest motivator in hate crimes carried out across the United States in 2012 according to new figures released by the FBI this week.

19.6% of victims were singled out over their sexuality, compared to 48.3% over race, 19% over their religion, 11.5% over their nationality and 1.6% over their disability – in most cases a mental disability.

November 16, 2013

Fight broke out after trans student faced transphobic taunts at a California high school

A transphobic attack in a California high school which was caught on camera may be treated as a hate crime, school officials have said.

The attack, which took place at Hercules High School in Hercules, California, happened after a trans student suffered taunts due to her gender identity by a group of three girls.

The verbal abuse quickly turned into an all-out fight, with all four girls hitting, slapping and pulling each other's hair. All involved in the fight eventually ended up on the ground.

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'.

October 15, 2013

One in six lesbian, gay or bisexual people experienced a hate crime or incident in last three years. A quarter feel they have to behave differently to avoid being a victim

One in six (17%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual Britons have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last three years.

But three quarters didn’t tell the police and two thirds didn’t report it to anyone.

The figures come from major new polling released by leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall today (15 October).

It showed of one in 10 of these homophobic hate victims was physically assaulted.

Almost one in five victims were threatened with violence or the use of force. And one in eight experienced unwanted sexual contact.

October 13, 2013

New report to be launched on Tuesday also says two-thirds of LGB people feel unsafe compared to heterosexuals

More than one in six gay people have been the victim of homophobic hate crimes in the last three years, a new study has shown.

The report, commissioned by UK gay rights charity Stonewall and based on a YouGov poll of 2,500 lesbians, bisexuals and gay men, estimates that over 630,000 have suffered anti-gay violence or abuse since 2010.

The poll also found that almost two-thirds of homophobic hate crimes go unreported to anyone, with three-quarters not even going to the police.