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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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 → ]
Jared Fox

N.Y. man attacked in anti-gay hate crime while visiting family in Cleveland

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A New York man visiting family in Ohio was attacked late Saturday night outside a popular Cleveland gay bar in what police are calling an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]

South Africa to consider legislation to criminalize anti-LGBT hate crimes

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa is planning to introduce hate crime legislation, which would include laws to prosecute physical and verbal attacks on foreigners and LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
Mary Gowans

Mother could face hate crime charges for attempting to ‘beat the gay’ out of son

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- A woman in North Carolina is accused of child abuse and could face hate crime charges after she allegedly instructed her son to "beat the gay away" from his brother. [ Read more → ]
Dantjier Powell

Police identify suspect in slaying of transgender Calif. woman

Friday, August 23, 2013
FONTANA, Calif. -- Police have identified a suspect in the slaying of a transgender woman who was found dead in her Fontana apartment. [ Read more → ]
The NYPD released these sketches of individuals wanted in connection with Tuesday's anti-gay assault.

NYPD releases sketches of two men sought in anti-gay hate crime

Friday, August 16, 2013
NEW YORK — The new York Police Department has released sketches of two suspects wanted in an anti-gay bias attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. [ Read more → ]
WABCMichael Felenchak (left) and Peter Nortman after the attack.

Police investigating alleged anti-gay attack on two men in NYC

Thursday, August 15, 2013
NEW YORK — Police are investigating an alleged anti-gay bias attack in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, the latest in a spate of attacks on gay men in New York City over the past several months. [ Read more → ]

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Nelson Falu

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

Monday, August 12, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Dwight DeLee (left) and Lateisha Green.

Hate crime conviction in murder of transgender woman overturned

Thursday, August 8, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Jason Jacobs

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Times-PicayuneJohn Hill, in front of his home where a vadal spray-painted the word "fags."

Vandal targets historic New Orleans home of gay rights activist

Sunday, August 4, 2013
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.. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Monday, July 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
NYPDSubway assault suspects.

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

Sunday, July 7, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Justin Sims (Booking photo)

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Cain (left) and Dorian Moragne

Two Ga. men sentenced to 10 years in hate crime attack on gay man

Saturday, June 29, 2013
ATLANTA -- Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their involvement in a hate crime against a gay man in Atlanta. [ Read more → ]
From family videoVivian Diego, following the May 31 attack.

LAPD announce arrest in brutal attack on transgender woman

Saturday, June 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- One of four alleged attackers in a brutal beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood last month has been arrested and is custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. [ Read more → ]

Four sentenced to prison in kidnapping, attack on gay man in Ky.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
LONDON, Ky. — Four people from eastern Kentucky have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the kidnapping and attack of a gay man. [ Read more → ]
Elliot Morales, during his arrest by New York police.

Man pleads not guilty in New York City hate crime shooting

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
NEW YORK — A man accused of fatally shooting a gay man walking with a companion in New York City’s Greenwich Village afterward claimed that he opened fire because the victim “thought he was tough in front of his bitch,” prosecutors said in court papers Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
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