Crime

IDAHO: 28 Year Hate Crime Sentence For Man Who Kicked Gay Man To Death With Steel-Toed Boots

The Associated Press reports: An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to a hate crime for his role in the death of a gay man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison. Kelly Schneider, 23, was sentenced in federal court Thursday in connection with last year’s death of Steven Nelson, KTVB-TV reported. The sentence for the hate crime charge of ...

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Feds Raid Office Of Televangelist Benny Hinn

The Washington Times reports: The North Texas headquarters of televangelist Benny Hinn was raided this week by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators, according to local news reports. The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mr. Hinn’s Grapevine offices and continued Thursday morning, NBC 5 reported. The station reported seeing a large number of federal agents walking ...

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NEWSWEEK: Aaron Hernandez Killed To Cover Up His Bisexuality, Left Suicide Note For Prison Boyfriend

Newsweek reports: He [Hernandez] was convicted in April 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd, seemingly without motive. But interviews with multiple law enforcement officials directly involved in the case say Lloyd—a semipro football player who was dating Hernandez’s fiance’s sister at the time—had information the football star did not want out: that he was bisexual. One of ...

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REPORT: Gay British MP Claims Chechnya’s President Has Vowed To Eliminate All Gay Men By Ramadan

Even though gays don’t exist there? Gay Star News reports: Chechnya’s president has vowed to ‘eliminate’ all gay men by the end of May. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, threatened to rid the area of homosexuality ‘by Ramadan’. Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, begins on 26 May this year. Speaking to Gay Star News, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office ...

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Kremlin Spox Dismisses Reports Of Chechen Murders Of Gay Men After Putin Meets With Chechen Leader

Radio Free Europe reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman sought to downplay evidence of a campaign of abuse targeting gay men in Chechnya, saying the Kremlin has “heard no confirmation” of reports that have prompted outrage in the West. Speaking to journalists on April 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has no reason to doubt regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s ...

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“Facebook Live” Killer Found Dead By Suicide

GoErie.com reports: Erie police have confirmed the suicide in Erie on Tuesday of Steve Stephens, the Cleveland resident suspected of fatally shooting a Cleveland man on Sunday and posting video of the slaying on Facebook. Stephens died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving a white Ford Fusion near Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue around 11:10 a.m., police said. State ...

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Demands Investigation Into Murders And Torture Of Gay Men By Chechen Police

Via press release: We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association. If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses. We are ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Multiple Injuries At Penn Station After Police Action Triggers Mass Stampede [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Pandemonium erupted at Penn Station Friday after Amtrak police used a stun gun on an unruly man — sending scared riders scrambling for safety. The transit hub was unusually crowded at rush hour thanks to an NJ Transit train that stalled in a tunnel earlier, causing massive delays to kick off the holiday weekend. ...

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Kremlin Spox Denies Chechen Murders Of Gay Men: We Have No Reliable Reports Of Any Problems

PAGING NIKKI HALEY. PAGING REX TILLERSON. The Associated Press reports: In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of homosexuals in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information about the matter. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up ...

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United Nations Experts Denounce Chechnya, Demand Halt To Abductions, Beatings, And Murders Of Gay Men

The New York Times reports: United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there. “These are acts of persecution and violence on an unprecedented scale in the region and constitute serious violations of the obligations of the Russian Federation under international ...

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CANADA: Lesbian Toronto City Council Member Gets Letter Threatening Attack On Pride Parade [VIDEO]

Toronto City News reports: “God says it best. Homosexuality is a sin.” Those are the first few lines of a homophobic letter sent to Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s office on Wednesday morning. The letter is riddled with derogatory language describing gay people, with one line reading, “Now with the police not at your f*g parade, it makes it easy ...

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House LGBT Caucus Denounces Chechen Attacks On Gay Men, Demands Action From Secretary Rex Tillerson

Via press release: The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus denounced reports of hundreds gay men being arrested, detained, and tortured in Chechnya, an autonomous, predominantly Muslim subject of Russia. Additional reports indicate that several of the detained individuals have been murdered in custody. On April 10th 2017, Representatives Cicilline and Lowenthal led a bipartisan letter of 50 Members of Congress urging ...

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Georgia Pastor Who Said Pulse Victims “Got What They Deserved” Convicted On 8 Child Molestation Charges

BOOM. The Florida Times-Union reports: In a matter of an hour, a jury of three men and nine women found Kenneth Adkins guilty Monday of eight child molestation-related charges stemming from his sexual relationship with a teenage girl and boy at his church seven years ago. The controversial, anti-gay pastor showed no emotion as the verdict was read. He will ...

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GLAAD Calls On UN Ambassador Nikki Haley To Condemn Chechen “Concentration Camps” For Gay Men

Via press release: Today, GLAAD – the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, called on Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, to condemn the attacks on LGBTQ men by the Chechen government and investigate reports of possible imprisonment of LGBTQ people in concentration camps because of their perceived sexual orientation. GLAAD’s call to action follows reports which surfaced ...

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RUSSIA: LGBT Fugitives Tell Of Two Secret Chechen Prisons As More Details Of Crackdown Emerge

Crime Russia reports: The LGBT people who fled from repressions in Chechnya said there are two secret prisons for illegal detentions of offenders, as well as drug addicts and LGBT people who the Chechen government see as an issue, according to the Svoboda ratio station. The raid began in December of 2016, not February of 2017 as earlier reported, according ...

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State Department Calls On Russia To Denounce And Stop Murders and Torture Of Gay Men By Chechen Police After Reports Of Detentions In “Secret Prison”

Yesterday the State Department called on Russia to investigate reports that Chechen police are rounding up and murdering gay men. Tonight the State Department has issued a second statement: We are increasingly concerned about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where there have been numerous credible reports indicating the detention of at least 100 men on the basis of ...

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State Department Calls On Russia To Investigate Reports Of Murders Of Gay Men By Chechen Police

J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The US State Department has called on Russia to investigate reports that more than 100 LGBT people have recently been detained, tortured, or murdered in the region of Chechnya. “We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible,” a ...

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FLORIDA: Trio Robs And Kidnaps Man After Luring Him On Grindr, Steals His Dog, One Suspect Arrested

The Palm Beach Post reports: A man was robbed and kidnapped Saturday after he visited the Boynton Beach residence of another man he met on a social networking site, according to an arrest report. The victim, who is not being identified by Boynton Beach police, was taken at knife point back to his home, which was then ransacked by three ...

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Human Rights Group Confirms Report Of Gay Men Being Rounded Up And Murdered By Chechen Police

Posted this morning by Human Rights Watch: The information published by Novaya Gazeta is consistent with the reports Human Rights Watch recently received from numerous trusted sources, including sources on the ground. The number of sources and the consistency of the stories leaves us with no doubt that these devastating developments have indeed occurred. LGBT Network in Russia opened a ...

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Kremlin Spox Vows To Investigate Report Of Murders And Mass Detentions Of Gay Men By Chechen Police

Newsweek reports: Russian authorities have pledged to investigate reported mass disappearances and deaths of gay locals in the region of Chechnya, after the regional government dismissed allegations made in Novaya Gazeta on Saturday, saying “you cannot detain… what simply does not exist.” According to the Russian investigative newspaper, authorities in the conservative and predominantly Muslim Chechen Republic have detained over ...

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