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

Monday, December 9, 2013
Brittany Stergis
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. [...]

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Spike in hate crimes prompts N.Y. comptroller to audit reporting

Saturday, December 7, 2013
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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. [...]

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Peru gay teen murdered, dismembered, burned in brutal hate crime

Friday, December 6, 2013
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LIMA, Peru -- A 19-year-old gay was tortured and brutally murdered in Peru, according to local reports that surfaced earlier this week. [...]

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Attorney: Transgender murder victim’s life not as valuable as higher class victims

Friday, December 6, 2013
Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar
NEW YORK -- A New York attorney on Thursday said the life of a murdered transgender woman wasn’t worth the same punishment as if his client had killed someone “in the higher end of the community.” [...]

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Lesbian victim testifies in trial of man accused in alleged 2008 gang rape

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — Five years after a Northern California woman said she was gang-raped while her attackers taunted her for being a lesbian, the trial of one of the four men charged in the assault has gotten underway in a Contra Costa County courtroom where the 33-year-old victim is testifying. [...]

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Attackers beat store owner, write ‘fag’ on his forehead in alleged hate crime

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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PARIS, Tenn -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee was beaten unconscious Wednesday evening by three men who used anti-gay slurs before robbing him and writing "fag" across his forehead. [...]

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LGBT youth, discrimination, hate crimes laws getting lawmakers’ attention in Ohio

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- At the end of a year dominated by coverage and conversations about marriage equality, it’s other longstanding issues for LGBT people that are getting the most attention in Ohio. [...]

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Man arrested in hate crime attack on female relative because she is gay

Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tuma Marks
LINCOLN, Neb. — Police in Lincoln, Neb., say a 20-year-old man attacked a relative with a crowbar because she's gay, and investigators are treating the attack as a hate crime. [...]

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Teen charged as adult in hate crime attack for setting fire to agender victim

Saturday, November 9, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 16-year-old teen has been charged as an adult in an alleged hate crime against an agender victim whose skirt was set on fire while sleeping on a city bus. [...]

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Fla. teen found guilty of trying to kill transgender woman

Friday, November 1, 2013
Tavares Spencer
TAMPA, Fla. -- A Florida teen accused of trying to kill a transgender woman has been found guilty of attempted murder. [...]

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