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LGBT group’s offices at Boston College Law School vandalized with gay slurs

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Rather than honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to civil rights, or the President’s call for LGBT equality during his inaugural address, vandals at Boston College Law School used the three-day weekend to deface the office of an LGBT student group, reports Above The Law. [ Read more → ]

Canadian PSA asks why ‘faggot’ is still considered an acceptable word

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- The University of Alberta team behind the “No Homophobes” campaign has launched a Public Service Announcement aimed at discouraging the use of anti-gay slurs that can be demeaning to those in the LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen apologizes for homophopic slur during club opening

Monday, December 31, 2012
Actor Charlie Sheen has issued a brief apology after video surfaced of him berating patrons in his new lounge, calling them "faggot assholes." [ Read more → ]

NY Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard’s apology: Gay slur a Twitter ‘mishap’

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Newly acquired New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard issued an apology Tuesday after becoming the latest professional athlete caught for tweeting an anti-gay slur. [ Read more → ]

Seattle Sounders’ Marc Burch gets fine, suspension for homophobic slur

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Major League Soccer has suspended Seattle Sounders' Marc Burch for three games after he used a homophobic slur against another player during a playoff match against the opposing Real Salt Lake team last week. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian candidate called ‘ugly dyke’ in North Carolina House race

Friday, October 26, 2012
An Asheville-area Republican political operative has taken to Twitter to call Susan Wilson, an openly lesbian contender for a N.C. State House seat, “an old ugly dyke.” [ Read more → ]

Three indicted on hate crime charges for June D.C. stabbing

Monday, October 15, 2012
A D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.’s Howard Theatre whom the defendants believed to be gay. [ Read more → ]
Dustin Martin

Gay couple attacked, beaten on Asheville street after called gay slurs

Sunday, October 14, 2012
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A gay couple from Charlotte, N.C. said they were attacked and beaten on the street during a recent visit to Asheville, and claim they were attacked because they're gay. [ Read more → ]

Canadian man receives apology for yearbook’s anti-gay slur — 42 years later

Sunday, October 7, 2012
A Canadian man has finally received an apology for a gay slur published in his high school yearbook -- 42 years ago. Robin Tomlin says he's been haunted for years after his high school yearbook committee printed the word "fag" next to his picture in the 1970 yearbook. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers said they found this message “leave or die fags” on their porch Monday morning.Image: KVII-TV

Gay couple thinks hate crime is linked to local pastor’s anti-gay article

Thursday, October 4, 2012
CLARENDON, Texas -- A gay couple in this small, north Texas town said they think that a spray painted hate message found on their front porch is linked to an anti-gay newspaper advertisement written by a local minister. [ Read more → ]

University researchers track millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter

Friday, September 28, 2012
EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada -- The University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services in Edmonton has created a new Canadian social-media experiment that found millions of anti-gay slurs on Twitter within the past two months. [ Read more → ]
Yunel Escobar, during a game Sept. 15 against the Boston Red Sox.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar: Anti-gay slur causes outrage

Monday, September 17, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario, Cananda -- Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar took to the diamond Saturday during a game with the Boston Red Sox with "You are a faggot" written in Spanish on his eye black strips. [ Read more → ]
Kayla Elliott suffered a head wound requiring 18 stitches, and defensive wounds to both hands in the August 14 attack..

Months of anti-gay slurs escalate into brutal attack on Oklahoma lesbian

Friday, August 17, 2012
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- An Oklahoma lesbian was attacked this week after months of anti-gay slurs and verbal harassment escalated into a brutal assault. [ Read more → ]

Is it ever okay to call someone a ‘Pansy?’

Sunday, August 12, 2012
“What are you? A bunch of pansies?” I heard his words, echoing across the grass, and felt like I’d been punched in the gut. All those taunts through the years stay with you, even if you’ve risen above them. I immediately walked over, called my son off the field, and told the coach we were done. We were going to switch teams. And he let us go… [ Read more → ]

Where did 3-year-old Tripp (Palin) Johnston learn the word faggot?

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Kids say the darndest things. Bristol Palin -- who at age 18 became an unwed mother, and now advocates for teen pregnancy prevention and is a paid speaker on the subject of teen abstinence -- admits she's "doing a terrible job disciplining Tripp," he 3-year-old son. [ Read more → ]

Italian police apologize for labeling homosexuality a ‘deviant’ behavior

Thursday, July 12, 2012
ROME, Italy -- An official of the Italian Carabinieri -- the national police of Italy -- on Wednesday issued a public apology and after being forced to change a training manual that listed homosexuality as a "sexual deviance" in the same category as bestiality, incest and necrophilia. [ Read more → ]
USS Florida

Anti-gay hazing, attempted rape of sailor leads to firing of top Navy officer

Monday, June 25, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. -- A sailor targeted for harassment aboard the nuclear submarine USS Florida became the center of a homophobic hazing case that led to the firing of the vessel's top enlisted officer. [ Read more → ]
Kardin Ulysse (center) with parents Pierre and Rose

New York teen left blinded in one eye following brutal, anti-gay assault

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was was left blind in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack earlier this month at his middle school, according to the teen's family [ Read more → ]
Sean and Pam Harris

NC pastor: ‘crack limp wrists’ of girlish boys, reign in your ‘butch’ daughters

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
It's okay to "beat the gay" out of children, says North Carolina Baptist preacher Sean Harris, who advised his congregation that should their children show any signs of "homosexual" behavior, then it is their responsibility to use violence as a corrective measure to prevent that child from being gay or lesbian. [ Read more → ]

CSU students report attack by football players shouting anti-gay slurs

Monday, April 9, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- An alleged attack by three Colorado State University football players has resulted in their suspension, and left four classmates, all freshman, recovering from injuries inflicted during the attack, which allegedly included anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]

Soccer player Colin Clark under fire for calling ball boy a ‘fucking faggot’

Saturday, March 24, 2012
Houston Dynamo winger Colin Clark is under fire for calling a ball boy a "fucking faggot" in Friday night's soccer match in Seattle after he wasn't issued a new ball as quickly as he wanted on a throw-in situation. [ Read more → ]

Singer Lance Bass targeted with series of anti-gay messages, threats

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Openly gay entertainer Lance Bass was the target of a series of anti-gay slurs, sent to him in a series of Facebook messages on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Cain

Atlanta police arrest 1 of 3 suspects in videotaped attack on gay man

Sunday, February 12, 2012
ATLANTA — Police have arrested one of three suspects in the videotaped beating of a 20-year-old gay man who was attacked outside a convenience store in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood on Feb. 4. [ Read more → ]
Brandon White

Atlanta police say they’ve identified 2 attackers in video beating of gay man

Thursday, February 9, 2012
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police Chief George Turner on Thursday said police have identified suspects in a videotaped attack on a gay man leaving after he left a convenience store in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Jonathan Simcox and Steven Ondo

Called ‘faggots,’ humiliated by police — Ohio couple files federal lawsuit

Thursday, February 2, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A gay couple has filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court against several officers from the Cleveland Police Department, alleging several officers of the department violated the couple’s constitutional rights stemming from an arrest last April. [ Read more → ]
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