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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.

June 26, 2014

Voters in the South Carolina town of Latta have voted to strip their mayor of his executive powers after he fired their popular lesbian police chief and was recorded making a homophobic rant

Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard has been stripped of his executive powers by voters after he caused a backlash by firing the town’s lesbian chief of police after she investigating one of his appointees.

Bullard was only newly elected in April of this year when he fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore for doing a background check into a man he had appointed the town’s Parks and Recreation office – discovering the man was driving without a license and had a string of convictions.

June 13, 2014

The Dominican Republic’s national chief of police and defense minister have reiterated this week that the country will not allow gays and lesbians to serve in its police force or armed forces

The head of the Dominican Republic’s national police force has reiterated that homosexuals will not be allowed to serve in its ranks.

National Police Chief Manuel Castro made the comments in response to a journalist’s question about the United States allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in its armed forces.

In response, Castro said ‘those types of people,’ are barred by law from joining the police, according to Dominican Today.

April 18, 2014

The newly elected mayor of Latta, South Carolina, has fired his town’s well-liked lesbian chief of police for investigating one of his political appointees and for being gay

Newly elected Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard sacked his town’s openly lesbian police chief on Tuesday after she investigated a new Parks and Recreation director he had appointed.

Bullard had not sought a background check for Vontray Sellers, the man he hired for the job in February, and Police Chief Crystal Moore looked into his background and found that he was driving without a license, and had convictions for lying to police and assaulting a correctional facility employee among other charges.

October 1, 2013

Protests seem to be fizzling against Muhammad Yunus but the anger against his LGBT comments highlights the plight of millions of Bangladeshis

Bangladesh’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign, in this deeply conservative Muslim country, against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer Muhammad Yunus, whom they say should be prosecuted for supporting homosexuals.

The sudden storm is surprising because the ‘offending comments’ date from April 2012, following prosecutions of LGBTs in Uganda.

The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates.

March 27, 2013

Police commissioner Darren Hine commits to strategic task group to tackle violence and discrimination against LGBTI people

The police chief in Tasmania has committed to taking action to stop violence and discrimination against LGBTI people after research shows much higher levels of assault and fear of crime than among the general Australian population.

The BeProud report, published by today, showed:

March 1, 2013

Police and LGBT rights groups to co-operate to train cops on LGBT sensitivity for the first time in the Philippines

Police officers in the Philippines are soon to be 'sensitized' to LGBT issues through training from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGHRC) and Ladlad, the world's only LGBT political party.

The police training will include a dialogue with LGBT community members and six three-day gender and sexuality workshops with relevant officers in major provinces all over the Philippines

February 10, 2013

The mayor of a small town in Idaho has resigned after her Police Chief went public to complain of her alleged homophobic harassment of one of his officers

February 9, 2013

The Police Chief of a small town in Ohio has gone public about the harassment of a gay police officer by the town’s mayor, warning that it could get the local government sued

The Chief of Police of Pomeroy, a small town of less than 2,000 people on the banks of the Ohio River, has gone public about what he says is the homophobic harassment of one of his officers by the town’s mayor – warning that she may be breaching the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

Police Chief Mark E Proffitt accused Pomeroy Mayor Mary McAngus of a homophobic campaign against part time police officer Kyle Calendine who was hired by Pomeroy Police in September.

December 30, 2012

The city of Minneapolis has appointed its first woman chief of police and its first police chief in a same-sex relationship

The largest city in the US state of Minnesota has appointed its first woman police chief who is also its first police chief in a same-sex relationship.

Janeé Harteau was approved in a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council to be the city’s next police chief on November 30, having previously served as the city’s assistant chief of police.

Harteau takes over from former boss, police chief Tim Dolan, who had not sought a third term.

December 18, 2012

Tel Aviv police announced a significant development in their investigation into the 2009 shooting at the city's gay youth center

Tel Aviv Police stated they have made a significant advancement in their investigation into the August 2009 shooting at the Bar Noar gay youth center that left two dead and 15 wounded.

The police, however, stated on Monday (17 December) that the development is not necessarily a breakthrough.

Tel Aviv Police chief, Aharon Aksol, said that he remains hopeful that the advancement could crack the case that has remained unsolved for the past three years.

August 28, 2012

An Australian television campaign calling on people to stand up to homophobic abuse has received the backing of one of country’s most popular sporting codes

A new Australian campaign tackling homophobia has been endorsed by the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby code.

The No To Homophobia campaign was launched at the Victorian state parliament today by the Victorian Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge and the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

Wooldridge said it was everyone's responsibility to take action on homophobic attitudes.

‘This is a call to action in relation to saying no to homophobia,’ Wooldridge said.

August 15, 2012

LGBT organizations are quick to denounce Washington DC shooting

A security guard was shot in the arm at the offices of the anti-gay Family Research Council in Washington DC on Wednesday (15 August).

The gunman may have disagreed with the organization's socially conservative views, according to various reports.

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the Washington Post that the man was confronted by the guard at 10:45 am.

August 7, 2012

A gay tourist from Italy was brutally murdered in Tunisia, activists say this highlights increasing difficulties LGBT people face in the country

A gay Italian tourist, known only by his first name, Angelo, was found dead, murdered, in his holiday apartment in Hammamet, a coastal resort town in north east of Tunisia.

Reports, which have only been recently corroborated, indicate he was repeatedly stabbed 10 times on the night of 1 August around 2 am.

Tunisian police arrested a suspect for the murder one hour later, a 20-year-old unemployed man, resident of Nabeul city, along with some of the victim’s stolen possessions and money.

July 31, 2012

National security police chief calls ‘LGBT culture’ extremist, in unabashedly politically motivated speech to graduates

A top Malaysian police assistant director in national security warned graduates in Kuching, in the eastern state of Sarawak, about the ‘threat’ of LGBT influence at a talk on Sunday.

Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin, during a talk titled ‘1Voice, 1Destiny, 1Malaysia’ organized by Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association, said:

‘Now we are facing the threats of certain quarters who hide behind NGOs and use religion, race and society as their tools to influence the people.’

July 21, 2012

St Petersburg Police have revealed that 73 people have been prosecuted for 'homosexual propaganda' since the city introduced its ban, just days after eight were arrested trying to hold a gay pride march in the city

73 people have been prosecuted for violating St Petersburg’s so called ‘homosexual propaganda’ ban in the first four months that the legislation has been in place, St Petersburg police revealed on Friday.

‘73 people have been prosecuted for homosexual propaganda and one person for paedophile propaganda,’ St Petersburg Police Chief Sergei Umnov said on Friday in a statement released by St Petersburg Police.

July 15, 2012

Police release second sketch of possible suspect in shooting of Texas lesbians

Local police have released a second sketch in the shooting of two Portland, Texas lesbians.

Last month, 23 June, Mary Christine Chapa and her girlfriend, Mollie Judith Olgin, were found together in a park. Both had been shot in the head; Olgin was pronounced dead at the scene and Chapa has been recovering from her wounds.

July 13, 2012

Outgoing former Scotland Yard officer Les Green says Jamaican gays are too flamboyant and that most gay murders are domestic violence

Jamaica’s out-going assistant police commissioner Les Green has denied the existence of widespread homophobia in the country and blamed the gay community for the violence it faces.

The former Scotland Yard officer told the Jamaica Observer the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were too flamboyant and public about their sexuality.

LGBT campaigners in the country have condemned his comments.

June 26, 2012

An 19-year-old girl is killed by gun shot wounds while her 18-year-old girlfriend is in hospital 

A teenage lesbian couple was shot in the head in a Texas public park on Saturday (23 June).

Mollie Olgin, 19, was killed while her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa, 18, is in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.

Police are hunting for the attacker, but no arrests have been made.

Portland Police Chief Randy Wright said they cannot disregard the possibility that the young women’s sexuality had something to do with the attack.

April 13, 2012

Transgender people arrested in Los Angeles, US, will be jailed in a seperate section to protect from violence and abuse

Transgender people arrested in LA will be housed in a women's jail for their 'safety'.

By the end of the month, the Los Angeles Police Department will open a women’s module at its downtown Metropolitan Detention Center with a special section for up to 24 transgender detainees.

Captain Dave Lindsay, commander of the department’s jail division, made the announcement last night (12 April) at a meeting in Hollywood between transgender people and police Chief Charlie Beck and members of the city’s Police Commission.

March 19, 2012

Dubai Chief of Police denies reports of 30 arrests and says homosexuality is illegal and against the local norms. Most party-goers now released say GSN sources

February 3, 2012

Seventeenth annual LGBT Pride March is for ‘rights issues that remain untouched’

On Sunday 30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to watch the annual march for LGBT rights in Melbourne, including the world’s first openly intersex mayor Tony Briffa, Victoria MP Clem Newton-Brown and police chief commissioner Ken Lay.