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

Saturday, December 7, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

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

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

Friday, December 6, 2013
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.” [ Read more → ]
Humberto Salvador

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

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio

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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Tuma Marks

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

Sunday, November 10, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, November 9, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Tavares Spencer

Fla. teen found guilty of trying to kill transgender woman

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

Neb. man assaulted after sticking up for gay friends in alleged hate crime

Monday, October 28, 2013
OMAHA, Neb. -- A Nebraska man is recovering Monday after being attacked while defending his gay friends from being harassed and called "faggots." [ Read more → ]
Luis Hidalgo, APPatricio Ahumada Garay receives a life sentence for the murder of Daniel Zamudio.

Four Chilean men sentenced in brutal murder of gay man

Monday, October 28, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean judges have sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Zamudio

Four Chilean men found guilty in brutal murder of gay man

Thursday, October 17, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Four Chilean men have been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a gay man and carving swastikas into his body. [ Read more → ]
Scott Jones

What the attack on Scott Jones tells us about fear and courage

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
This violent attack didn’t happen in a notoriously anti-gay country such as Russia, Jamaica or Uganda. This happened in Canada, one of the gay-friendliest countries in the world where anti-discrimination laws have been in effect since 1998. And the province of Nova Scotia is no exception to its country’s rules. So what does this attack tell us? It tells us what the other senseless hate crimes have told us this year: that we are not yet in a position to let down our guard even on the streets we call home. And that is tragic... [ Read more → ]
Scott Jones

Canadian man left paralyzed from the waist down in alleged anti-gay attack

Saturday, October 12, 2013
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. -- A Canadian man attacked outside a lounge in Nova Scotia early Saturday morning has been left paralyzed from the waist down in what friends and family are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Fifteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Wayne 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... [ Read more → ]
Benjamin Stoviak

Pittsburgh police charge man in alleged bias motivated attack on gay man

Friday, October 11, 2013
Pittsburgh police have charged one man for allegedly attacking a gay man, but a defense attorney says the victim wasn't targeted because of his sexuality. [ Read more → ]
Nickie Antonio

Ohio lawmaker to introduce hate crimes bill following attacks outside gay bar

Monday, September 30, 2013
CLEVELAND — An Ohio state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill next week that would make crimes targeting someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability a hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Zamudio

Trial begins for men accused in brutal murder of gay Chilean man

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The trial of four men accused of beating and fatally injuring a young, gay man in the Chilean capital last year began on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Arron Keahey

Texas gay man left beaten and bloody after planned meeting using mobile app

Monday, September 23, 2013
SPRINGTOWN, Texas -- Police in this small Texas town northwest of Fort Worth are investigating a possible hate crime in the brutal attack on a gay man after he arranged to meet another man using a mobile app called MeetMe. [ Read more → ]
Jared Fox

Cleveland teen will not face hate crime charge in attack on gay bar patron

Thursday, September 19, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A 16-year-old male teen arrested Tuesday in connection with an attack on a gay man outside a popular Cleveland gay bar over the Labor Day weekend will not face a hate crime charge. [ Read more → ]
WABCMichael Felenchak (left) and Peter Nortman after the attack.

NYPD makes arrest in Chelsea hate crime attack on two gay men

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a bias attack on a gay couple leaving a movie theater last month. [ Read more → ]
NYPD Homicide 115 Precinct, NY PostSteven Torres arrested by NYPD officers.

Man charged with murder in anti-gay hate crime in Queens

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has charged a 22-year-old man with an anti-gay hate crime in the stabbing death of a man found under an elevated subway line in Queens. [ Read more → ]
Tilo Sandoval

UPDATE: Suspect in alleged hate crime against Denver gay man turns himself in

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Denver Police said via Twitter just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening that Tilo Sandoval, identified as the suspect in last week's brutal beating of a gay man, had turned himself in to police. [ Read more → ]
Cocktails bar, Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland police arrest 13-year-old in alleged hate crime at gay bar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Police in Cleveland, Ohio, have arrested a 13-year-old teen in connection with a second possible hate crime in less than a week at a local gay bar. [ Read more → ]
Jared Olson before and after he was badly beaten on Sept. 2.

Denver man needs reconstructive surgery following alleged anti-gay attack

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
DENVER -- Police in Denver are investigating an assault on a gay man over the holiday weekend in what the victim said was an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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