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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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Teen who set agender victim on fire will serve 7 years under plea agreement

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sasha Fleischman
OAKLAND, Calif. — A California teen accused of setting fire last year to an agender individual who was sleeping on an Oakland city bus, has entered a plea of no contest to felony charges. Richard Thomas, 17, faces a sentence of up to seven years in prison after a plea agreement was reached Thursday in which he admitted to a charge of ...

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Protesters demand Philippine custody of Marine suspected in alleged hate crime

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Protesters burn a mock U.S. flag during a rally at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, to protest the killing of a Filipino transgender with the possible involvement of a U.S. serviceman Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The activists demanded that Washington hand over to the Philippines the Marine implicated in the killing of Jennifer Laude whom the demonstrators labeled a hate crime.
MANILA, Philippines -- Dozens of activists burned a mock U.S. flag as they protested at the U.S. Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, demanding that Washington hand over to the Philippines a U.S. Marine suspected in the killing of a transgender Filipino that the demonstrators labeled a hate crime. Jeffrey Laude, 26, was found dead, apparently ...

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
Matthew Shepard, in a family photo carried in his father’s wallet.
Sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie. Matthew was discovered 18 hours later, and for the next five days, the world held vigil while Matthew lay in a coma in a hospital in Colorado. And on this day in 1998, at 12:53 a.m., Matthew died — his family by his side.

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Pennsylvania state legislature advances LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill

| Monday, October 6, 2014
Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Legislation to expand Pennsylvania's hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender identity advanced in the state legislature on Monday. In a bipartisan vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved the measure 19-4 following a renewed push Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), the bill's sponsor, in the wake of a brutal attack ...

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Three charged in anti-gay attack, shooting in Brooklyn

| Sunday, September 28, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Three suspects have been charged in connection with what police are calling an anti-gay attack in Brooklyn that left a 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound. According to police, the victim was dressed as a woman and walking down the street with two other men in the Bushwick neighborhood early Saturday morning, when the three...

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Hundreds rally in Philadelphia to call for LGBT hate crimes protections

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
Protestors demonstrate calling on Pennsylvania to add sexual orientation to its hate crime law at John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. The renewed call for the legislation comes in response to the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple.
PHILADELPHIA — More than 200 people advocated for changes to the state’s hate-crimes law in the wake of the beating of a gay couple in downtown Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that the crowd pushed for Pennsylvania’s anti-hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by sexual orientation. The rally was held in Philadelphia’s...

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Philly city council to introduce hate crime ordinance as state protections lag

| Thursday, September 25, 2014
Philadelphia City Hall
PHILADELPHIA -- While Pennsylvania lawmakers push to advance statewide hate crimes protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity, members of the Philadelphia city council on Thursday will introduce their own measure that would add a hate crime chapter to the city code.

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Three being charged in Philadelphia attack, beating of gay couple

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- Two men and a woman are being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a Philadelphia street. Prosecutors identified the suspects Tuesday as 24-year-old Philip Williams, 26-year-old Kevin Harrigan and 24-year-old Katherine Knott.

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Pa. lawmaker comes out as gay amid push for LGBT hate crimes law

| Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Jim Ferlo
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania state lawmaker announced Tuesday that he is gay amid a push by legislators to advance a hate crime bill that includes protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. At a news conference to promote the legislation, State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh), who drafted the Senate version of the bill...

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Philadelphia police chief recommends charges in attack on same-sex couple

| Monday, September 22, 2014
A group of about a dozen young adults are alleged to have attacked a gay couple in Philadelphia on Sept. 11, 2014.
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey believes that at least some people should be charged in a high-profile altercation that left two gay men injured. Detectives were presenting their findings Monday to prosecutors, Ramsey told The Philadelphia Inquirer. District Attorney Seth Williams is expected to make the final ...

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