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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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Bar association: ‘Gay panic’ defense should be curtailed by legislation

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Association voted Monday in favor of a resolution urging state and federal lawmakers to pass legislation restricting the availability and effectiveness of the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses by criminal defendants.

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Gang member sentenced in brutal anti-gay beating, torture of three men

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Nelson Falu
NEW YORK -- A Bronx gang member has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a brutal beating and torture of a new recruit he thought was gay, and two other men in separate, gruesome assaults in October 2010.

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Hate crime conviction in murder of transgender woman overturned

| Thursday, August 8, 2013
Dwight DeLee (left) and Lateisha Green.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An appeals court has overturned the hate crime conviction of a central New York man in the 2009 slaying of a transgender woman, ruling that jury verdicts in the case were contradictory.

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Seattle gay man chased, beaten by five attackers hurling anti-gay slurs

| Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Jason Jacobs
A Seattle gay man is recovering from an early morning attack on Monday in which he was chased and beaten by a group of three men and two women who began by taunting him with anti-gay slurs.

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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
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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
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
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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
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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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