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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Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

| Saturday, January 18, 2014
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week.

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Gay man stabbed to death in Belize, family says it’s a ‘hate crime’

| Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Joseph Jatnel Sanchez
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- A gay man was stabbed to death and dumped on the side of a street in Belize City early Sunday morning, and family members are calling it a "hate crime."

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D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

| Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

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Store owner charged with filing false report after alleging anti-gay attack

| Monday, December 30, 2013
PARIS, Tenn. -- The owner of a health food store in Tennessee, who said last month that he had been robbed and beaten in an anti-gay attack, has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly withheld information about the incident.

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Man arrested on Christmas for making death threats toward lesbian sister

| Friday, December 27, 2013
Gordon Bissonnette
PLAINVILLE, Conn. -- A Connecticut man was arrested Christmas day for making death threats toward his lesbian sister because he disapproved of her sexual orientation and feared she might turn his daughter gay.

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San Diego man recovering from brutal attack in city’s gay friendly neighborhood

| Thursday, December 26, 2013
Dwayne Wynn
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego gay man said he was attacked by three men yelling anti-gay slurs and wielding a baseball bat just after midnight Monday in the city's historically diverse and gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood.

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Calif. man convicted of orchestrating gang rape targeting lesbian victim

| Thursday, December 19, 2013
Humberto Salvador
MARTINEZ, Calif. — A 36-year-old Northern California man was convicted Wednesday of orchestrating the gang rape of a woman who was targeted in part because she is a lesbian.

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Ga. man sentenced to life in prison for killing Black Gay Pride attendee

| Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Derrick Burden
ATLANTA — A Georgia man convicted in the deaths of two men he robbed and shot in an Atlanta town home has been sentenced to two life prison terms.

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Cleveland police official: Murders of transgender women were ‘crimes of hate’

| Monday, December 16, 2013
CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police official says police believe the recent slayings of two transgender women were motivated by hate.

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Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

| Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Mik Holland
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack on a gay man and his friend at the Bagby Hot Springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest, east of Portland.

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