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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Anthony Collao

Five New York teens arrested in brutal, anti-gay Queens murder

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Five New York area teens have been arrested in the fatal beating of Anthony Collao at a party hosted by two gay men last weekend. Collao, 18, was beaten to death by the teens who yelled anti-gay slurs during the attack. [ Read more → ]

LGBT community breathes sigh of relief over Obama’s 2012 federal budget

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
There was relatively little for the LGBT and HIV communities to complain about in the proposed 2012 budget released by President Obama Monday. Given the proposed five-year freeze in non-essential domestic spending, there were sighs of relief. [ Read more → ]

Arson suspected in possible hate crime against harassed gay couple

Monday, February 7, 2011
CLAYTON, N.C. -- A fire that gutted the home of a gay couple who had been victims of harassment for more than a year, is being investigated as arson, and possible hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Carol Ann and Laura Stutte

Lesbian couple suing next-door neighbor for alleged arson

Sunday, February 6, 2011
VONORE, Tenn. -- A lesbian couple in Tennessee who home was burned to the ground last September, has filed a lawsuit against the woman they believe set the fire -- their next-door neighbor. [ Read more → ]
John Skaggs

Louisiana man charged with hate crime, attempted murder of gay man

Saturday, January 29, 2011
SHREVEPORT, La. -- A Shreveport man is accused of attempted murder and the commission of a hate crime in an attack earlier this week on a gay man at a local bar. [ Read more → ]
Price, following the 2009 attack.

Queens man sentenced to 12 years in prison for 2009 gay bashing

Sunday, January 23, 2011
A Queens man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for viscous 2009 attack on an openly gay man outside a College Point deli. Daniel Rodriguez, 22, pleaded guilty last year to first-degree robbery as a hate crime in the attack on 49-year-old Jack Price. [ Read more → ]

LGBT library books doused with urine was an ‘accident,’ says Harvard dean

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
On Monday morning we reported that dozens of books dealing with LGBT subject matter, were vandalized at a Harvard library with what appeared to be urine. But now the college has announced the damaged books were the result of an "accident," and not a suspected hate crime as University police originally suspected. [ Read more → ]
Harvard's Lamont Library

Harvard College investigating vandalized LGBT books as hate crime

Monday, December 13, 2010
At least 40 books at a Harvard University library dealing with LGBT subject matter have been vandalized with what appeared to be urine, and University police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. [ Read more → ]

Equality California finds a noose tied to their front door

Friday, October 29, 2010
When volunteers of Equality California arrived at their office Thursday evening, they found a noose tied to their front door. They immediately called the police, but instead of help, were told “sometimes you just have to live with being a victim.” WTF? [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

Remembering Matthew Shepard on the 12th anniversary of his murder

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Matthew Shepard was brutally assaulted on a lonely ridge overlooking Laramie, Wyoming twelve years ago this month. And on this day in 1998, he died while in a coma in a Fort Collins, CO, hospital with his family by his side. Much has changed. Much has not. [ Read more → ]
Bronx gang members taken into custody following anti-gay attacks.

Eight gang members in custody in brutal NYC anti-gay hate crimes

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Eight members of the Latin King Goonies, a Bronx, NY street gang are in custody, after they allegedly beat and tortured a new recruit they thought was gay, and two other men in separate, gruesome assaults earlier this week. [ Read more → ]

Three men arrested in pair of alleged anti-gay attacks in New York City

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Three men have been arrested in connection with a pair of alleged ant-gay attacks against gay men in New York City this past weekend. In an incident at the famed Stonewall Inn -- widely considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement when rioters clashed... [ Read more → ]
Curtis Martin

Denny’s waiter stabbed for ‘being gay’ in California hate crime

Friday, September 17, 2010
[caption id="attachment_10647" align="alignleft" width="191" caption="Curtis Martin"][/caption] A California man was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of attempted murder and committing a hate crime after an employee at a Denny’s Restaurant was stabbed in the neck and throat. Police said the unnamed waiter was at... [ Read more → ]
Image: WATE-TV

Lesbian couple victims of arson, gay slurs in suspected hate crime

Sunday, September 12, 2010
A lesbian couple in Tennessee are afraid to return to their charred remains of their home after it was burned to the ground and the word "Queers" was spray painted on their garage in what is being investigated as a potential hate crime. [ Read more → ]

Police suspect ‘hate crime’ in stabbing attack after anti-gay rant on ‘Craigslist’

Sunday, August 8, 2010
A recent assault and carjacking in Battle Creek, Michigan, has now led to a possible hate crimes investigation after police discovered two anti-gay rants that appeared online in Craigslist postings. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.

Judge denies defense request to delay trial in shooting death of gay teen

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A California judge has denied a request by defense attorneys to delay the trial of a teen accused of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the 2008 shooting death of 15 year-old Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]

Vancouver police arrest 4 in connection with alleged hate crimes

Friday, July 2, 2010
Vancouver police announced Thursday they have made four arrests in connection to two separate attacks on gay men recently, both incidents of which are being investigated as possible hate crimes. [ Read more → ]
Reiger (left) and (Photo: theprovince.com)

Attackers shout anti-gay slurs, assault Vancouver gay couple

Monday, June 14, 2010
Two Vancouver men say they were punched repeatedly by two assailants who shouted anti-gay slurs at them on the doorstep of their downtown condo building Saturday night. [caption id="attachment_8285" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Regier (left) and Holtzman."][/caption] Peter Regier and his partner David Holtzman were returning home... [ Read more → ]

Puerto Rico creates special committee to investigate hate crimes

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Puerto Rico's Attorney General has announced the creation of special committee to investigate hate crimes in the island territory, where advocates say gay and transgender people are the victims of an "epidemic" of violence. The announcement was greeted by cheers from activists who complain the... [ Read more → ]
Cronauer (left) and Stanzel. (Police photos via Savannahnow.com)

Two marines arrested in beating of gay man in Savannah

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Two Marines were arrested and jailed Saturday on misdemeanor battery charges after they allegedly beat up a gay man in Savannah, Georgia. According to the Savannah Morning News, police responded to a call around 3:45 a.m. that an unconscious man was on the ground. At... [ Read more → ]
Mercado (left) was murdered by Matos on November 12, 2009

Suspect pleads guilty in brutal slaying of gay teen in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The man accused of the brutal murder of a gay teenager in Puerto Rico last November pleaded guilty on Wednesday and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. [caption id="attachment_7886" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="Mercado (left) was murdered by Matos on November 12, 2009"][/caption] Juan José Martínez... [ Read more → ]

New charges planned in BB-gun hate crime case

Friday, March 12, 2010
Three men accused of targeting a San Francisco man they thought was gay with a BB gun were taken into custody in a courtroom Friday after a video tape emerged showing 11 more victims. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office said there were plans to... [ Read more → ]

Three men arrested in anti-gay BB-gun attack

Friday, March 5, 2010
Three Bay Area men are scheduled to be arraigned on assault and hate crime charges in San Francisco next week for allegedly shooting a man they thought was gay with a BB gun. The Feb. 26 incident took place at about 10 p.m. when the... [ Read more → ]

UC Davis LGBT resource center vandalized with anti-gay graffiti

Monday, March 1, 2010
University of California Davis officials are planning a town hall meeting tonight after anti-gay graffiti was found on campus this weekend, the second possible "hate crime" on campus in the past week. From KOVR-TV: Graphic anti-gay words and phrases were found spray-painted on the campus... [ Read more → ]
(Photo: Austin American-Statesman)

Hundreds march in support of Austin men attacked in alleged hate crime

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Trailing a banner that read "Austin March Against Hate," hundreds of people walked from a downtown gay bar to City Hall on Saturday to retrace the path of two gay men who were attacked last weekend. [caption id="attachment_6627" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="(Photo: Austin American-Statesman)"][/caption] Emmanuel Winston... [ Read more → ]
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