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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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WATCH: Gay Staten Island man says he was beaten by cops, called homophobic slurs

Friday, July 31, 2015
Louis Falcone claims cops severely beat him and called him "f*g" and "f*****t."
"Four people on one, scrawny little guy?" lawyer Eric Subin said. "They're criminals; they belong behind bars." ...

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Court orders Jerusalem Gay Pride attacker remain in custody

Friday, July 31, 2015
Ultra-Orthodox Jew Yishai Schlissel walks through a Gay Pride parade and is just about to pull a knife from under his coat and start stabbing people in Jerusalem.
The court has extended his arrest by 12 days as the investigation against him continues, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. ...

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PHOTOS: Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade [UPDATED]

Thursday, July 30, 2015
The attacker, YIshai Schlissel, stabbed six people at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade.
The attacker stabbed three people at the same parade back in 2005. ...

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Vandals spray-paint doors of pro-LGBT church in Georgia

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
"Burn Leviticus 18:22 Lies" was painted across the front doors of the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer on Tuesday.
The church's pastor and his partner were among the first gay couples to receive a marriage license in Richmond County. ...

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Enhanced Hate Crimes Law

Monday, July 20, 2015
The new law extends hate crimes protections to community centers that may be targeted for institutional vandalism because of sexual orientation or gender identity status.
The Enhanced Hate Crimes Law further protects LGBT Illinoisans and includes explicit mention of crimes against transgender people. ...

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UN expresses concern over LGBT rights in Turkey

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The announcement comes days before more than 150 world leaders gather at the U.N. to launch an ambitious set of development goals.
ANKARA, Turkey –— The U.N. has expressed concern over a spate of violent and discriminatory acts against Turkey’s LGBT community and called on the country to combat homophobic acts and uphold gay rights. The statement from the U.N. High Commissioner ...

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Utah man who claimed ‘Die fag’ was carved into his arm during hate crime, staged attacks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Rick Jones
Authorities in rural Utah say a man who reported someone beat him and carved a homophobic slur into his arm staged the attacks. ...

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Was an Alabama teen murdered because she was transgender?

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mercedes Williamson
Alabama 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson's lifeless body was found earlier this month in a field in the rural Mississippi community of Rocky Creek, according to authorities. ...

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Sacramento police say midtown stabbing was a hate crime

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Timothy Brownell, 25, is accused of attacking the three men Sunday night as they left a downtown bar. The musicians say Brownell used gay slurs during the attack. ...

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Texas man indicted in murder of lesbian daughter, girlfriend

Thursday, June 18, 2015
James Crosby
More than a year after the bodies of a lesbian couple were discovered next to a dumpster behind a convenience store, the father of one of the women has been indicted on a capital murder charge for their deaths. ...

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