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April 5, 2015

Brisbane Archbishop Phillip Aspinall says that it’s wrong that claiming a victim made a gay sexual advance can be used by a killer to downgrade a murder conviction to manslaughter

The Anglican Archbishop of the Australian city of Brisbane has backed calls for the so-called ‘gay panic’ defense to be removed as a possible partial defense under Queensland state law.

A ‘gay panic’ defense is where someone, usually a man, who is accused of murdering someone of the same-sex claims that their victim made a sexual advance towards them and that it provoked them to such a degree that they were not fully responsible for their own actions.

March 16, 2015

Teen was just 15 when he committed the murder

A British schoolboy who robbed and murdered a gay man in his own home will be jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

Usher Sawyers, who was just 15 at the time of the murder, was convicted after the trial at the Old Bailey in London.

He repeatedly claimed during the trial his 37-year-old victim Martin Thomas was hitting on him, and he was acting in self-defense.

In April of last year, he stabbed Thomas to death five times with a kitchen knife at his house in Roehampton, south west London.

February 24, 2015

Massachusetts teen refuses to enter plea

A Philippine court has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a US marine charged with the murder of a transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, refused to enter a plea at his arraignment on Monday (23 February).

The courthouse in Olangapo is a five-minute drive from the motel where Jennifer Laude, 26, was found dead in October last year.

The Massachusetts teen, who was in the Philippines for joint military exercises, was the last person to be seen with her.

February 3, 2015

He has pleaded guilty and admits it 'exceeded the boundaries of self-defence'

A man has pleaded guilty to ripping a man's heart out to 'prove he was not gay.'

Andrew Chimboza, 35, has now apologized to his victim's family for 'exceeding the boundaries of self-defence'.

In court this week, he admitted to murdering 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manoma in the South African town of Gugulethu last year.

When police arrested Chimboza on 10 June, they found him chewing raw flesh and that Manoma's neck had been 'half-eaten'.

He added his chest had a gaping hole in the left side.

January 12, 2015

Birmingham University professor Craig Jackson fears a serial killer may be on the loose after 61 bodies were found in Manchester’s canals in just six years

A leading British psychologist has aired his fears that a serial killer may be operating in and around Manchester’s gay district and using the city’s canals to conceal the evidence of his crimes.

Birmingham University psychology professor Craig Jackson told the tabloid newspaper Daily Star this week that he found it hard to fathom how 61 people’s bodies had been found in the city’s canals in the space of just six years without the involvement of a serial killer.

December 15, 2014

Jennifer Laude was found naked with her head in a toilet

Philippine prosecutors today filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipina transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, had 'probable cause' and used 'treachery, abuse of superior authority and cruelty' against his victim, lead prosecutor Emilie Fe delos Santos told a televised briefing.

'You can see the kind of cruelty she endured, the injuries she sustained,' she said.

'We believe we have a strong case.'

Pemberton will not be allowed to post bail.

November 26, 2014

'Corrective rape' is common in the country

A South African man will spend the next 30 years in jail for murdering a lesbian then raping her dead body with a toilet brush.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday (25 November) to both charges at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecution described how he killed Duduzile Zozo, 26, after she refused his advances.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 16, 2014

Police suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton became angry when he found out the victim was transgender

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton yesterday was charged with the murder of a Filipina transgender woman.

Jennifer Laude, 28, was found dead on Sunday with her head in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city. An autopsy report found she died due to strangulation and drowning.

Pemberton was the last person seen with the victim when they checked into the hotel after meeting in a nearby bar.

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.