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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Vandal targets historic New Orleans home of gay rights activist

| Sunday, August 4, 2013
Times-PicayuneJohn Hill, in front of his home where a vadal spray-painted the word "fags."
NEW ORLEANS - A gay activist in New Orleans says somebody tore a rainbow flag from his balcony and spray-painted the word "fags" on the house he and his partner share, and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime..

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Bosnia likely to outlaw incitement to hate crimes against LGBT people

| Friday, July 26, 2013
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina -- The House of Representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Thursday adopted a bill criminalizing incitement to hate crime inclusive of of gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Iowa school won’t allow ‘Laramie Project’ – opts for more ‘family friendly’ fare

| Monday, July 22, 2013
Matthew Shepard
OTTUMWA, Iowa — Administrators at a southeast Iowa high school have halted plans for a student production of "The Laramie Project," but the show will go on at a local performing arts center.

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Four men charged in hate crime attack on two men they thought were gay

| Monday, July 22, 2013
Suffolk County PoliceClockwise from top left: Gregory Gilbert, Shane Buckley, Justin Buckley and Nicholas Battaglia are charged with attacking two men while using anti-gay slurs in Suffolk County.
NEW YORK -- Police in Long Island have arrested four men accused of an anti-gay attack over the weekend in which they severely beat two men while using homophobic slurs.

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Two men beaten to death during Haiti anti-gay demonstration

| Saturday, July 20, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Two men, assumed to be gay, were beaten and killed on Friday during an anti-gay protest in Haiti led by religious organizations.

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Chicago police: Attack on lesbian couple an anti-gay hate crime

| Thursday, July 11, 2013
CHICAGO -- A lesbian couple was attacked in a Chicago neighborhood on Saturday night by as many as 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street.

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Human Rights Watch: Macedonia has turned ‘a blind eye’ to anti-gay attacks

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental human rights advocacy organization, said Wednesday the Macedonia government has turned "a blind eye" to a series of anti-LGBT attacks over the past two months, and called on Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski to ensure a thorough investigation of the incidents.

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NYPD seeks assault suspects who hurled anti-gay slurs on subway

| Sunday, July 7, 2013
NYPDSubway assault suspects.
NEW YORK — New York City police are asking for the public's help in locating two men who allegedly hurled anti-gay slurs at a group on a subway train and allegedly shoved a woman to the floor as she videotaped the incident.

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Five sentenced for assaulting gay man after luring him to park for sex

| Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Justin Sims (Booking photo)
PORTLAND, Ore. — Five teenagers accused of luring a 24-year-old gay man to a Gresham park to beat and rob him have been sentenced to terms ranging from probation to 2 ½ years in prison.

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D.C. police investigating six attacks in LGBT community in recent weeks

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Police in the District of Columbia are investigating six reported attacks, which include a fatal shooting, a beating, a stabbing, a sexual assault, and two non life-threatening shootings against members of the LGBT community over the past two weeks.

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