Tag Archives: hate crimes

Sullivan Backs Matthew Shepard Truthers

“The question here is whether the crime was solely a function of the homophobic hatred of two strangers who beat up and brutally murdered someone merely because he was gay. That’s the official line of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign. Of course these motives could also have been involved. I’m arguing that meth can explain all …

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DALLAS: Anti-Gay Airport Attacker Faces Maximum Fine Of $1000 And No Jail Time

The drunk redneck whose vicious anti-gay assault at the Dallas airport was captured on a video that rocketed around the world has been charged with misdemeanor assault and probably faces at most, a $1000 fine. John Wright reports at Lone Star Q: According to the report obtained by Lone Star Q, the man’s name is McCleish Christmas Benham, 27. He …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Legislative Session Ends Without Passage Of Hate Crimes Bill

Via Philadelphia Gay News: House Bill 177 had gained momentum in the House following last month’s gay-bashing incident in Philadelphia, and cleared the House Judiciary Committee last week. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th Dist.) introduced the bill and said he worked aggressively to push it to the House floor, but came up against more roadblocks. “Republican leadership, i.e. Speaker [Sam] Smith, …

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BROOKLYN: Transgender Woman Critically Injured In Brutal Street Attack

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a brutal street attack on Brooklyn transgender woman that took place on Sunday night. From the New York Daily News: The four bias brutes who beat a 28-year-old transgender woman unconscious on a Brooklyn street corner — leaving her with critical injuries — spewed anti-gay epithets and demanded to know what she …

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PA Gov. Tom Corbett’s Last Stand

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is weeks away from a double-digit drubbing at the hands of LGBT ally and hate crimes law advocate Tom Wolf. This is the ad Corbett is going out with.

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Twitter Sleuth That Helped Solve Philly Hate Crime Appears On The View

Twitter sleuth FanSince09, who led a crowd-sourced social media campaign that identified the suspects in last month’s gay bashing in Philadelphia, today appeared on The View.  He declined to show his face. Gawker has the video.

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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Speak On The 16th Anniversary Of His Death

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SPAIN: Catalonia Region Chamber Passes Controversial Anti-Homophobia Legislation

Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region has approved an anti-homophobia bill which requires those accused of anti-LGBT acts to prove they are innocent, rather than be considered so until proven guilty. Via TeleSUR: The law, passed on Thursday and backed by 80% of the Catalan Chamber, will protect the LGBT community from homophobic attacks. “I feel furious when someone appears to deny …

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PENNSYLVANIA: House Democrats Hold Hearing On Reinstating Hate Crimes Law

Via CBS Philadelphia: In the wake of the September 11th gay bashing incident in Center City, the House Democratic Policy Committee held a public hearing on LGBT hate crimes Thursday. “We have an uphill battle in this legislative climate to pass LGBT hate crimes laws,” said State representative Brian Sims. Sims called the hearing, which was held at the Kimmel …

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Court Date Set For Alleged Gay Bashers

Yesterday a Pennsylvania judge set December 16th as the date for a joint preliminary hearing for the three suspects in the brutal Philadelphia gay bashing that captured national attention. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial. The defendants – Kathryn Knott, 24, Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26 – were …

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BROOKLYN: Hate Crime And Attempted Murder Charges Filed In Anti-Gay Shooting

Via DNA Info: Three suspects have been arrested for shouting anti-gay slurs at a group of men dressed as women and shooting one of the them over the weekend, police said. Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, got into an argument with the victim around 7 a.m. Saturday on Broadway near Putnam Avenue, according to police. …

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Court Document: Kathyrn Knott Struck & Screamed “Faggots” At Bashing Victims

Via Philadelphia Magazine: Now that Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams have been charged with the crime, an affidavit of probable cause describing the incident has been made available by the court. According to that document, the incident began when “words were exchanged” between the two groups of people, with suspect Kevin Harrigan allegedly calling the victims “faggots” several …

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Hospital Fires Alleged Gay-Basher

ABC News reports: The daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief, facing assault charges, was fired today from her hospital job after allegedly posting photos and information about patients that potentially violate privacy policies. Lansdale Hospital-Abington Health told ABC News,“Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health.” Knott, 24, had initially been suspended …

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Tweet Of The Day – Rep. Brian Sims

Over 300 people ignored rain to rally against #LGBT hate crimes – Thank you! A summary: http://t.co/FfXzDDb3pN pic.twitter.com/aXMzs9ap9E— Rep. Brian Sims (@RepSims) September 25, 2014 RELATED: This morning Sims appeared on public radio. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has pressed charges against two men and one woman in connection with the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center …

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Petition Of The Day

The petition was launched by the friend of the Philadelphia gay-bashing victims who has been speaking to the press on their behalf. Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims is co-hosting a rally in support of the bill this afternoon. See the petition.

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Philly Three Released On Bail

The Associated Press reports that the three Philadelphia gay-bashing suspects were freed on bail at 3:30AM this morning. Bail for the two men was $75K, bail for Kathryn Knott was $50K. A trial date has not been set. UPDATE: There’s video of the trio being released.

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PHILADELPHIA: City Council To Consider Local Hate Crimes Ordinance

Today Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims will co-host a Harrisburg rally in support of a statewide hate crimes bill that likely faces slim prospects in the current session. Meanwhile the Philadelphia City Council will today hear a local version of the bill. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and Councilman Jim Kenney are introducing legislation Thursday in response to …

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Hospital Suspends Alleged Gay-Basher

“We can confirm that Kathryn Knott has been employed at Lansdale Hospital since May 2011. Because of the nature of the charges against her, she has been suspended from her job as an Emergency Room tech. We are investigating an additional issue that was brought to our attention related to this employee’s Twitter account for potential violations of patient privacy …

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PHILADELPHIA: Mug Shots Released

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Lawyer For Alleged Basher Kathryn Knott: This Young Woman Couldn’t Bust A Grape

The lawyer for alleged Philadelphia gay-basher Kathryn Knott appeared on right-wing AM talk radio today to declare, unsurprisingly, that his client is completely innocent. An excerpt: “She completely denies having touched anyone and she maintains that that just simply didn’t occur and that those who are making the accusations are incorrect. She was walking with a group of friends. Unfortunately, …

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