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Democrats Seek Federal Ban On “Gay Panic” Defense

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The use of a panic defense to justify anti-LGBT violence in federal court will come to an end if new legislation introduced this week by a pair of Massachusetts Democrats becomes law. The bill, introduced by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) in the U.S. House and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in the U.S. Senate, ...

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ILLINOIS: Gay Panic Defense Ban Starts January 1st

USA Today reports: Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the so-called “gay panic defense” in ...

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ILLINOIS: Governor Signs Ban On “Gay Panic” Defense

MetroWeekly reports: Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed two bills into law that will help LGBTQ people achieve greater equality under the law. The first eliminates what is known as the “gay panic” defense in murder cases. Historically, the “gay panic” defense is when a defendant claims that the murder victim was homosexual and made a pass at them, making them ...

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Illinois Bans “Gay Panic” Murder Defense

Slate reports: On Wednesday, the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill prohibiting the “gay panic” defense, which allows alleged murderers to defend their actions in court by arguing that their victim’s sexual orientation “triggered” their crime. The bill also bars the “trans panic” defense, which alleged murderers may use to justify the killing of a trans person on ...

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NEW JERSEY: Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Ban “Gay Panic” Defense

Gay New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace has introduced a bill that would ban the use of the “gay panic” defense. Under New Jersey law, a defendant can be charged with manslaughter – a lesser charge than murder – if, among other things, the crime “is committed in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation.” Eustace’s bill states that ...

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CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning “Gay Panic” Defense

The bill also bans “transgender panic” as a valid defense for violent crimes. California is the first state to enact such a ban.

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CALIFORNIA: Bill To Ban “Gay Panic” Defense Awaits Signature Of Governor

California should soon become the first state to ban the so-called “gay panic” defense in violent crimes against LGBT citizens. A bill awaiting Brown’s approval would prohibit the use of the defense — the argument that a violent act was triggered by the revelation of a victim’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation — in ...

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Bar Association Group Issues Resolution Against Gay & Trans “Panic” Defenses

Via press release: The National LGBT Bar Association applauds the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section for taking up a resolution to protect victims of so called gay and trans “panic” legal defenses. The resolution supports the LGBT community by no longer allowing defense attorneys to use victims’ identities or their sexual orientation against them in court. “This resolution puts ...

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More On The MS “Gay Panic” Murder

Friends of the accused killer of openly gay Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian are claiming that McMillian attempted to rape the suspect, who may be planning a “gay panic” defense. The sisters say Reed told them everything. Just after midnight on February 26, their youngest sister received a panicked call from Reed. One sister says, “He called at 12:11am and ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Feds To Investigate Murder Of Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian

The FBI announced yesterday that it will investigate the murder of openly gay small town mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, whose burned and beaten body was found in Mississippi last week. Local police have declined to characterize the murder as a hate crime and lawyers for the man charged in the case are reportedly considering a “gay panic” defense. The agency ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Gay Panic Defense Floated In Murder Of Gay Mayoral Candidate

Last week the body of Marco McMillian, a mayoral candidate in a small Mississippi town, was found beaten and burned.  Police almost immediately announced that they had a 22 year-old suspect in custody.  Today we get a disturbing update via press release: The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned that a “gay panic” defense might be used by ...

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MICHIGAN: State Court Of Appeals Rules Against “Gay Panic” As Defense Claim

A little common sense out of the Michigan Court of Appeals (PDF): This case arises from the beating of Ryan Young. In the early morning hours of June 11, 2009, Young was celebrating his birthday with friends at a local bar. Defendant was also at the bar. Young did not know defendant, but defendant joined Young and his friends at ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Confessed Killer Claims Gay Panic In Staten Island Slaying

Ronald Jones, 55, beat and strangled his friend Robert Jenkins to death on Saturday as the pair drank in Jenkins’ Staten Island home. Yesterday Jones (left) told investigators that he killed Jenkins in a “rage” after an unwanted sexual advance. Some of the victim’s enraged relatives were so overcome by emotion after spotting the suspect in court, they had to ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: Killer Says Mucinex Overdose + Gay Panic Made Him Do It

Nineteen year old Michael Anderson (left) has confessed to the murder of Stephen Starr, 35, in Hickory, North Carolina, telling a police dispatcher that it was an overdose of Mucinex combined with Starr’s unwanted advances that caused him to shoot and hack Starr to death. Starr was found in bed in what law enforcement has described as one of the ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Guilty Verdict In Murder Of Gay College Student Kevin Pravia

Jeromie Cancel (above right) has been found guilty in the murder of Manhattan college student Kevin Pravia, who was strangled in his apartment by Cancel after the part allegedly met to conduct a drug deal in Union Square. The defense had implied “gay panic” as a reason for the murder. Duncan Osborne reports at Gay City News: The trial opened ...

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TEXAS: Possible Gay Panic Defense In Murder Of 18 Year-Old Student

Texas police have charged a 19 year-old student with murder after he led investigators to the beaten and burned body of 18 year-old fellow student Joshua Wilkerson (left). The suspect claims the pair fought after Wilkerson made sexual advances on him. The suspect, identified as Hermillo Moralez, beat Joshua Wilkerson to death with a large wooden object sometime Tuesday afternoon, ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Possible Gay Panic Defense In Murder Of College Student

In August 2008, openly gay Pace University student Jason Pravia, 19, was murdered in his Chelsea apartment after he left a downtown party. According to reports, Pravia left the party extremely drunk and went to Union Square to score drugs. There he met Jeromie Cancel, 22, an occasional dealer and former mental patient who accompanied Pravia back to his apartment. ...

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Candy Panic

About the latest M&M’s commercial, After Elton’s Ed Kennedy says: I don’t know where to go with this, but M&Ms have been running a commercial for their pretzel M&M, and the Orange character. It’s been driving me nuts, because the subtext is really not even subtext. Both are voiced by males, and what the script doesn’t say is more explicit ...

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Killer Of Gay Teen Jorge Mercado Found Competent To Stand Trial

The confessed killer of gay teen Jorge Mercado has been found competent to stand trial. Last month Juan Martinez Matos was ordered to undergo mental evaluation after exhibiting symptoms of what some said was a faked state of psychosis. Via Michael Lavers at Edge: “The quest for justice has begun,” Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay & Lesbian Task ...

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Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19

Via Andres Duque at Blabbeando, the mother of murdered gay teen Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado shares her grief. (Mercado’s mother is pictured above with activist Pedro Julio Serrano. They are recreating Mercado’s signature salute, seen below.) “When my son told me he was gay, I told him, ‘Now, I love you more’. I want to tell the world that hatred ...

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