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September 29, 2014

Defendents can no longer claim their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity

California has become the first state in the US to ban the so-called 'panic defense' that has been used successfully by some defendants in court.

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which eliminates the excuse that a person was 'panicked' into committing a killing or assaulting a gay or trans person during a sudden quarrel or in the heat of passion.

Some defendants have succeeded in having homicide or manslaughter charges reduced by saying their violent act was triggered by victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 26, 2014

Grief-stricken friends and family laid 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero to rest in Puerto Rico after his body was discovered on a local beach

A volleyball team, friends and family wept as they buried their gay friend this week who was shot by a gunman in Puerto Rico.

Jesus David Hernandez Otero was remembered as a clever student and a compassionate team player. He was just 21.

Hernandez was found on a beach in Dorado, half-naked with three bullet wounds on his torso after having been missing for a week.

He was reported missing by his family 12 March (Wednesday) after he left his house around midnight the night before.

November 15, 2012

New figures from Trans Murder Monitoring show 265 trans people were murdered across the world in the last 12 months, higher than previous years

New figures released yesterday by the Trans Murder Monitoring project show 265 trans people were known to be the victims of violent killings across the world over the last 12 months.

The figures show a nearly 20% increase from last year, when 221 trans murders were reported.

October 10, 2012

Report also shows highest homicide rate among intimate partners ever recorded

A record 19 lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender persons, questioning and HIV-positive persons in the US were victims of homicide at the hands of an intimate partner in 2011, according to a report released Wednesday (10 October) by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

NCAVP says that is the highest yearly total they have ever recorded and more than three times the six documented homicides in 2010.

Of the 19 homicide victims, 63.2% were men. This is a significant shift from 2010 when 66.7% of the homicide victims identified as women.

January 13, 2012

Zenne Dancer reveals the 'violence and discrimination faced by Turkey’s LGBT community'

Sexual identity and homophobia in modern-day Turkey are brought to the fore in ZENNE Dancer, a new film directed by Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay.

Drawing inspiration from the 2008 killing of Abmet Yildiz, the film is representative of 'the systematic violence and discrimination faced by Turkey’s LGBT community'.