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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.

October 12, 2013

Suspect Martin Martinez faces hate crime charges of attempted assault and aggravated harassment

A suspect has been arrested, and charged, for an early May anti-gay attack.

On 5 May Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins were walking arm-in-arm when they were attacked near 34th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

A group of six men, wearing New York Knicks basketball jerseys, shouted homophobic slurs at the couple. When Porto turned around to confront them, he says they were both knocked to the ground and violently beaten.

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.

October 3, 2013

The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard points a finger at a media that repeated misstatements about the 1998 murder

Stephen Jimenez maintains he's not trying to dishonor Matthew Shepard, or the foundation named after the student whose bloody body was tied to a fence outside of Laramie, Wyoming.

Yet, he's certain what people think they know about the 1998 crime probably isn't the whole truth.

September 18, 2013

Amnesty International has released a 16-page report condemning the European Union for failing to enforce laws that protect sexual orientation and gender identity in member states

Amnesty International has accused the European Union of failing to address homophobia and transphobia in member states.

The international human rights organization has released a 16-page report that names and shames EU member states  Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and neighboring non-EU states Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Macedonia and Montenegro, all of whose laws insufficiently protect against the discrimination, physical assault or of murder of LGBT people.

September 11, 2013

Patrons of a gay bar say they have been victims of homophobic attacks in Cleveland, Ohio

A 13-year-old could face jail time after being arrested for a homophobic hate crime.

Customers of Cocktails bar in Cleveland, Ohio, have been the victims of two homophobic attacks in the space of less than one week.

Last week it was reported customer Jared Fox was attacked by a mob of 20 on 1 September.

He was taunted him with gay slurs and beaten up outside the bar just after midnight.

September 10, 2013

Five homophobic and transphobic bills are under consideration in Lithuania

Five anti-gay and anti-trans bills are to be considered in the Lithuania parliament later this year.

These bills include  a complete ban on gender reassignment, banning same-sex adoption and ‘criticisms of homosexual behavior’ no longer being classified as hate speech.

The first proposed amendment would place a ban on all trans surgery in Lithuania.

Official notes for the amendment states as Lithuanian society views 'gender reassignment as very controversial', it should be prohibited.

September 3, 2013

Jared Fox says he was called a 'faggot' and asked: 'Do you want to die?'

A New York man has made a nearly 10-minute YouTube video detailing what he says was a hate crime attack against him by a mob outside a gay bar in Cleveland, Ohio.

'One of them said, "Do you want to die?" and I thought, "No."' Jared Fox said through tears.

Fox was visiting his hometown when the alleged incident occurred on 31 August. It is being investigated by Cleveland police as a robbery and possible hate crime. No arrests have been made but there is survelience footage .

July 16, 2013

At rally, Representative Louie Gohmert claims Christians who oppose marriage equality will face hate crime charges

Earlier this month Representative Louie Gohmert, a conservative Republican from Texas, claimed US Christians could face hate crime charges by being against gay sexuality.

Gohmert, as reported by Right Wing Watch, spoke at a Tea Party sponsored rally in Dallas.

The representative wondered how same-sex unions benefit human evolution.

July 11, 2013

Bill criticized by LGBT-friendly lawyer group saying it will not protect transgender people from trans-motivated hate crimes

Italy's Justice Commission of the lower chamber of the parliament has approved the first draft of a new law protecting gay people from hate crimes.

The bill, which proposes to extend the Italian anti-discrimination law to violence and crimes motivated by homophobia, will now be discussed and voted by the whole parliament from 22 July.

Ivan Scalfarotto, an openly gay member of parliament from Partito Democratico, proposed the bill.

‘This is a good example of good policies. We have done a great job,' he said.

June 27, 2013

'I told him I didn't think I would see it in my lifetime, but he probably would in his. It's so sad – and ironic – that it turned out the other way,' said Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard

The name Matthew Shepard sadly become a symbol for LGBT hate crime after he was tortured and murdered in the US state of Wyoming fifteen years ago.

Shepard's mother Judy Shepard spoke about her son's views on gay marriage after yesterday's historic Supreme Court rulings, saying she was 'joyful' and 'tearful' to hear the news.

'I wish he'd been here to see it,' Shepard said to People magazine. 'This case warms my heart, to think that his dream is still coming true.'

June 25, 2013

In Sunderland, UK, two women were in a chip shop when they were attacked by a group of youths shouting homophobic slurs

Two gay women were badly beaten by a gang of around 20 teens in Sunderland last week.

On Friday (21 June), the group approached one of the women in a chip shop in the north-east English city, and a number of the youths kicked and punched her while shouting homophobic abuse.

As the woman’s girlfriend came to her aid, she was also attacked by the gang of young thugs.

The couple were left badly bruised and shaken by the attack.

Police are now appealing for information about the attack, which happened between 9pm and 9.14pm on Burdon Lane.

June 19, 2013

'He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It's the last thing he'll remember'

Elliot Morales, accused of shooting a gay man in the head after hurling homophobic slurs at him, boasted about commiting the crime telling police officers, according to police records released this week.

The shooting death of Mark Carson, 32, occured in the West Village on 17 May - a neighborhood with deep ties to the gay rights movement.

'He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It's the last thing he'll remember.' Morales is quoted as saying.

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.