Hate Crimes

In both crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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Braulio Valenzuela

Fla. man charged with attempting to burn, kill lesbian couple and their eight kids

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MIAMI -- A Florida man faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of arson for allegedly attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their eight children. [ Read more → ]
David Olyn

South African man murdered after attacker told witnesses he was ‘going to kill a fag’

Monday, March 31, 2014
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- A 21-year-old man in South Africa has been tortured and brutally murdered in what has been reported as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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Victims in NYC subway hate crime say no one came to their assistance

Friday, March 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The victims of an alleged anti-gay hate crime on a Manhattan subway platform over the weekend are speaking out, and say they are disappointed that none of the more than 50 people nearby called police or came to their assistance. [ Read more → ]
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Gay couple attacked at NY subway by man shouting ‘Are you faggots?’

Thursday, March 6, 2014
NEW YORK -- The New York Police Department has issued a sketch of a man accused of an anti-gay hate crime in a Manhattan subway station early Sunday morning. [ Read more → ]
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Austin dentist provides free dental reconstruction for hate crime victim

Thursday, March 6, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas man who had nine of his teeth knocked out in a violent assault during Austin's gay pride weekend in 2012, is sporting a new smile thanks to the goodwill of an Austin dentist. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender student reports attack, sexual assault at Calif. high school

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HERCULES, Calif. -- A 15-year-old transgender student says he was attacked and sexually assaulted Monday at the same Hercules, Calif., school where another transgender student was involved in a fight four months ago. [ Read more → ]
Arron Keahey

Federal prosecutors charge Texas man with hate crime in attack on gay man

Friday, February 21, 2014
DALLAS — Federal prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old North Texas man of a hate crime for an attack that left a gay man hospitalized for 10 days with skull and face fractures. [ Read more → ]
Idelfonso Mendez

Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

Friday, February 21, 2014
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history. [ Read more → ]
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Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

Monday, February 10, 2014
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison. [ Read more → ]
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Woman convicted, husband on trial for attack on gay couple walking pink poodle

Saturday, February 1, 2014
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A jury in Oregon has convicted a 23-year-old woman for her role in the attack last year on a gay couple who were walking their pink-dyed pink poodle. [ Read more → ]
Randy Gener

Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street. [ Read more → ]
Randy Gener

NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

Sunday, January 26, 2014
NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack. [ Read more → ]
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.

Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week. [ Read more → ]
Joseph Jatnel Sanchez

Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime." [ Read more → ]
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D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday. [ Read more → ]
Healthy-Thyme

Store owner charged with filing false report after alleging anti-gay attack

Monday, December 30, 2013
PARIS, Tenn. -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee, who said last month that he had been robbed and beaten in an anti-gay attack, has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly withheld information about the incident. [ Read more → ]
Gordon Bissonnette

Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

Friday, December 27, 2013
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay. [ Read more → ]
Dwayne Wynn

San Diego man recovering from brutal attack in city’s gay friendly neighborhood

Thursday, December 26, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego gay man said he was attacked by three men yelling anti-gay slurs and wielding a baseball bat just after midnight Monday in the city's historically diverse and gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
Humberto Salvador

Calif. man convicted of orchestrating gang rape targeting lesbian victim

Thursday, December 19, 2013
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A 36-year-old Northern California man was convicted Wednesday of orchestrating the gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is a lesbian. [ Read more → ]
Derrick Burden

Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms. [ Read more → ]
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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

Monday, December 16, 2013
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate. [ Read more → ]
Mik Holland

Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack on a gay man and his friend at the Bagby Hot Springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest, east of Portland. [ Read more → ]
Taj Patterson

Police investigate alleged anti-gay attack on Brooklyn man by Hasidic Jewish men

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
NEW YORK -- Police are investigating the assault on a gay man who alleges he was attacked by a gang of Hasidic Jewish men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking home in Brooklyn. [ Read more → ]
Brittany Stergis

Advocacy group says deaths of two Ohio transgender women were ‘hate crimes’

Monday, December 9, 2013
Ohio's LGBT community is mourning the deaths of two transgender women in Cleveland last week, and officials of a statewide LGBT advocacy group are calling the deaths hate crimes. [ Read more → ]
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Spike in hate crimes prompts N.Y. comptroller to audit reporting

Saturday, December 7, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York comptroller's office announced Friday that it will audit hate crime reporting statewide after a legislator earlier this year cited an apparent spike in such crimes. [ Read more → ]
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