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September 30, 2014

Luka Magnotta dismembered his Chinese boyfriend and sent his limbs to political parties and elementary schools

Canadian porn star Luka Magnotta admitted yesterday to killing his Chinese boyfriend but pleaded not guilty to five charges related to his death including murder.

On the first day of his trial in Montreal, Magnotta's lawyers said he was mentally ill and jurors would have to determine his state of mind.

He faces life inprisonment if convicted of all charges.

Magnotta, 32, posted a video online of him killing Jun Lin, 33, a computer science student at Concordia University.

September 16, 2014

The 42-year-old man hanged six 'slaves' he met online during sexually abusive choking games

A Chinese serial killer who hanged six men during sexually abusive choking games was executed last month, three years after his sentencing.

The media only reported his execution today.

Police found the victims naked and hanged to death in different hotels around Changsha city between 11 October and 26 November 2009.

Singer Zhou Youping, 42, was arrested on 28 November on suspicion of robbery and confessed to the killings.

September 9, 2014

The attacker embedded a hammer in his teenage victim's head

A man who attacked his gay roomate with a hammer as he slept at their apartment in Kent has been sentenced to 14 years in jail.

Connor Huntley, 18, was found alive on his blood-spattered airbed in May last year but with the claw hammer embedded in his head. It was his first night at the apartment.

July 18, 2014

The victim is the sibling of Reggie Bullock, a player in the National Basketball Association

On 16 July the body of a transgender woman was discovered in a Baltimore alley.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Mia Henderson was found by law enforcement officials when they were serving a warrant on a matter not related to the victim.

According to authorities the 26-year-old sustained 'severe trauma.' There are no suspects.

March 27, 2014

The New South Wales Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill that would stop murderers from seeking to have their charges downgraded by claiming their victim made a gay pass at them and it looks set to be passed by the Lower House as well

The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council has passed a bill restricting provocation defenses in murder trials but the bill’s champion will surprise you.

The bill was proposed by Christian Democrats leader the Rev. Fred Nile – one of Australia’s most prominent political campaigners against LGBTI rights - and will ensure that people will not be able to use their disgust of homosexuality to argue they had diminished responsibility in committing violent acts against LGBTI people.

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 9, 2013

Former jurors in the Larry King murder trial only have sympathy for the convicted killer, Brandon McInerney

In 2008 Larry King, a gay teenager from Oxnard, California was shot in his computer class. His killer, classmate Brandon McInerney, put two bullets in the back of Larry's head. The 15-year-old died two days later.

Valentine Road, a documentary by Marta Cunningham, chronicles the bloody crime, the trial and the lives of the teenagers.

The show premiered last night (7 October) on HBO and has earned positive reviews.

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.'

May 17, 2013

New figures claim 78 trans people have already been killed in 13 countries this year and 1,233 in 59 countries since January 2008

New figures published today show 78 trans people were murdered in 13 countries from 1 January to 30 April this year.

There were 1,233 reported murders of trans people in 59 countries worldwide from 1 January 2008 to 30 April 2013.

The new figures were collected as part of the Trans Murder Monitoring project by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and published on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

TGEU says the murders are often particularly violent, including mutilation and torture.

May 3, 2013

Tammy Franks says South Australia should follow Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia and abolish 'archaic law with dangerous consequences'

Greens lawmaker Tammy Franks is campaigning to end the 'gay panic' defense in South Australia.

The 'gay panic' law can be used to reduce a murder sentence to manslaughter if the defendant proves they were prompted by a same-sex sexual advance.

'It is an archaic law with dangerous consequences that sends all the wrong messages in the year 2013,' said Franks, who is a Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) in the state of South Australia.

'What the existing law does is effectively suggest that homophobia is okay,' said Franks.

April 18, 2013

In South Africa, nine gay men have been murdered in the past three years in what many are calling a 'homophobic killing spree'

The most recent victim of a string of brutal anti-gay murders in South Africa was found face down in a pool of blood on Monday morning (15 April).

Dr Carl Miscke, a gay professor at the University of Johannesburg, was stabbed multiple times after inviting his killer or killers into his home.

Police have confirmed his death will be investigated alongside those of eight other murder victims, the first of whom was found dead in April 2010 tied up and bludgeoned to death with a laptop computer.

March 19, 2013

Luka Rocco Magnotta has been dubbed 'Canadian Psycho'

The bisexual porn star accused of killing and chopping up a Chinese student collapsed during a court hearing in Canada today.

Luka Rocco Magnotta first asked for a break during a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to stand trial. He then stood up and collapsed onto the floor of the Montreal courtroom.

He is accused of killing and dismembering Chinese foreign student Jun Lin, 33, last May. Authorities say he used an ice pick to kill Lin then carved up his body - filming it all and posting it online.

December 27, 2012

Mark Obbie tells how young Tim Ginocchetti, struggling with the loss of his dad and his own sexuality, was so bullied by his mom he ended up killing her in a fit of rage

In the long, sad history of conflicts between gay youth and their parents, the case of Timothy Ginocchetti ranks as particularly tragic. Bullied by his own mother for years about his evident but unspoken sexuality, he finally erupted, killing her. When I looked beneath the surface of their life together, I found religiously motivated intolerance – but with an unexpected, poignant twist.

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.

November 11, 2012

Police in South Africa have admitted that a serial killer has been targeting gay men in Johannesburg after a sustained campaign by family members and activists to have the prospect taken seriously

South African Police have finally admitted that there is a serial killer targeting gay men in the country and have announced a suspect’s name.

The admission came after the opposition Democratic Alliance asked a series of questions of Police Minister Mthethwa Nkosinathi after being contacted by concerned family members of the victims.

October 26, 2012

A Brazilian trans was stoned to death by a group of assailants in the city of Aracaju 

A 39 year old trans person was stoned to death in the city of Aracaju, Brazil.

The 39 year-old was well known and liked, known locally as ‘Madona’, died from her wounds earlier this week, after she was attacked by an unknown group of people with cobblestones.

Madonna, who was birth-name was Amos Chagas Lima, received mortal blows and was admitted to a hospital in Aracaju, the capital of the state of Sergipe, Brazil, in the early hours of Friday last week. She died four days later from severe head injuries.

August 30, 2012

A Michigan man has become the second US citizen to be prosecuted for a homophobic attack under federal hate crimes laws passed by the Obama Administration in 2009

A Michigan man who attacked another man at a Detroit petrol station because he thought he was gay has plead guilty to a hate crime in what is only the second time that US Federal Government’s hate crimes law have been used in a gay hate case.

Everett Dwayne Avery, 36, punched another customer in the face in a convenience store located in a Detroit petrol station in March of 2011, fracturing his eye socket amongst other injuries.

July 27, 2012

Gay man brutally murdered with an axe in the city of Liège following a string of homophobic attacks across the country

A 60-year-old gay man has been chopped to death in the city of Liège. The murder comes after a series of homophobic attacks across Belgium last week, including in Ghent and Aalst.

On Wednesday morning (25 July) Belgian police arrested Raphaël Wargnies, from Malmedy who confessed to hacking to death a 60-year-old man with an axe.

July 20, 2012

An Australian man who killed a man he claimed had made a gay pass at him has walked free after only four years in jail after using the so-called ‘gay panic defense’ to downgrade a murder charge to manslaughter

An Australian killer who claimed his victim made a gay pass at him has walked free after just four years in jail.

Jason Pearce was charged with the murder of Wayne Ruks in the grounds of St Mary's Catholic Church in the town of Maryborough in Queensland, Australia in July of 2008, but had his murder charge downgraded to manslaughter by using the so-called ‘gay panic defense.’

July 16, 2012

An Australian Catholic priest's petition campaign to end the so-called 'gay panic defense' has received over 100,000 signatures in just a few days

An Australian Catholic priest’s online campaign to close a controversial legal loophole in the state of Queensland’s Criminal Code has received a massive boost with nearly 160,000 people signing his petition – and over 100,000 of those in just the last few days.

Father Paul Kelly began campaigning on the issue after a man was killed in the grounds of his Maryborough church in 2008 and the killers acquitted of murder after one of the men claimed he had been reacting to a non-violent sexual advance.

May 3, 2012

Robert Champion Jr. died after being pummeled in hazing ritual

Five months after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion Jr. died following a pummeling by fellow members of the marching band, 13 people have been charged in his death.

The death of the 26-year-old Champion, who was gay, has brought about a focus on college hazing rituals. The beating took place aboard a chartered bus parked outside of a Orlando hotel after a performance.

December 22, 2011

Killer of lawyer Sonia Burgess cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter

The killer who pushed transgender lawyer Sonia Burgess under a Tube train has been cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

Human rights and immigration specialist Sonia Burgess, 63 died during the rush hour at King's Cross Underground Station in central London in October 2010.

Senthooran Kanagasingham, 35 – who is also known as Nina – had admitted the killing but denied murder and instead pleaded guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

December 8, 2011

UK Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has announced minimum prison sentences for murderers who kill transgender people will double.

Britain's Home Office has announced longer jail sentences for murdering transgender people.

The minimum term will now double from 15 to 30 years.

An amendment will be added to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, say ministers.

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said: 'Hate crimes are abhorrent, they leave sections of society living in fear and at risk of unprovoked violence.

'These proposals make clear offenders should be in no doubt that they face a more severe sentence for these unacceptable crimes.'