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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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Leader of NYC street gang pleads guilty in brutal 2010 anti-gay attack

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Idelfonso Mendez
NEW YORK — The reputed leader of a New York City street gang has pleaded guilty in a beating authorities called one of the worst cases of anti-gay violence in the city's history.

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Father gets life imprisonment for murdering gay son in Turkey

| Monday, February 10, 2014
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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey -- In a landmark Turkish case, a man who murdered his son because he was gay and “shaming” the family, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life in prison.

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Woman convicted, husband on trial for attack on gay couple walking pink poodle

| Saturday, February 1, 2014
"Beauty" was dyed pink for Easter.
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A jury in Oregon has convicted a 23-year-old woman for her role in the attack last year on a gay couple who were walking their pink-dyed pink poodle.

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Suspect arrested in brutal beating of NYC gay journalist

| Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Randy Gener
NEW YORK — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a gay journalist on a New York City street.

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NYPD investigating brutal beating of gay journalist as possible bias attack

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
Randy Gener
NEW YORK — New York City police are investigating the beating of an openly gay journalist last week as a possible bias attack.

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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
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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
Healthy-Thyme
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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