Tag Archives: hate crimes

MARYLAND: Transgender Victim In McDonald’s Attack Speaks Out

In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, speaks out about the attack on her at a Baltimore McDonald’s.

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BALTIMORE: McDonald’s Fires Staffer Who Filmed Attack On Transgender Woman

McDonald’s has fired the staffer who laughed and offered no assistance as he filmed two patrons viciously beating a transgender woman at a Baltimore franchise location. Action is pending against other restaurant staffers. “My first and foremost concern is with the victim,” franchise owner Mitchell McPherson said in a statement, adding that action might be taken against other restaurant workers …

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MARYLAND: Trans Woman Brutally Attacked At Baltimore McDonald’s

Baltimore police have made two arrests in the brutal attack on a transgender woman at a McDonald’s, where staffers filmed the assault with their cell phones, then urged the assailants to flee before police arrived. The only person that appears to come to the victim’s aid is an elderly female customer, although the restaurant’s manager did attempt to pull the …

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NEW JERSEY: Roommate Charged With Hate Crime In Suicide Of Rutgers Student

The roommate of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi (left) was today indicted on hate crime charges stemming from the secret webcasting of Clementi having sex with another man. Clementi leaped from the George Washington Bridge last year after learning about the broadcast. Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was indicted on 15 counts including charges of invasion of privacy, bias …

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TEXAS: Double-Homicide By Man Angry Over Daughter’s Lesbian Relationship

A Texas man has been charged with two counts of murder after shooting to death the woman dating his daughter and her mother. The Austin Statesman reports: Jose Alfonso Aviles, 45, has been charged with capital murder and was arrested early this morning in Bexar County by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, said Lt. Gena Curtis. Aviles lives in …

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UNC Hate Crime Report was False

UPDATE: The story I reported early this morning has been revealed to be false. I should have listened to my gut before posting it. A UNC-Chapel Hill freshman who told police he was attacked by a man who burned his hand and called him an anti-gay slur made a false report, the university says. In a message just released to …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gay Bashing Suspect Denies Hate Crime – “I’m Gay Myself”

Last night the NYPD made an arrest in last week’s gay bashing of Damian Furtch, who was treated for facial injuries after being attacked outside a West Village McDonald’s. The suspect has admitted to the assault, but says he shouldn’t be charged with a hate crime because he’s gay himself. Cops busted a 21-year-old homeless man Friday night in connection …

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VIDEO: Manhattan Gay Bashing

Surveillance video has been released of this weekend’s gay bashing of Damian Furtch, 26, on a West Village street. GLAAD has been advising Furtch, who eloquently spoke out against the attack on local news channels last night. Furtch to GLAAD: “The attack against me is part of the larger issue of violence against gay and transgender people in New York …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gay Man Brutally Attacked On West Village Street

New York City’s month-long rash of gay bashings continued this weekend. JMG reader Warren directs us to this account on the blog Watts Up With This. 26 year old Damian Furtch was on his way home from work at a restaurant late Sat night (Sunday morning), when he stopped off at a McDonalds in NYC’s West Village ( a predominantly …

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KILLER CONFESSES: I Stoned That Homo To Death Just Like The Bible Says I Should

A Pennsylvania man is under arrest after confessing to beating an elderly man to death with a stone, just like the Bible instructs should be done with homosexuals. A 28-year-old Upper Darby man has been charged with murder after telling police that he stoned a 70-year-old man to death when the man made homosexual advances toward him, authorities say. John …

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BROOKLYN: Gay Man Beaten By Six Teenagers In Brutal Hate Crime

An openly gay Brooklyn man required ten hours of surgery and three metal plates in his face after a February 22nd anti-gay attack by a group of six teenagers. Via yesterday’s Brooklyn Paper: Barie Shortell, 29, was on N. Fourth Street on Feb. 22 at around 10:10 pm when he brushed past six teenagers wearing hooded sweatshirts. “Oh s–t, is …

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BRAZIL: Call 911 For Homophobia

Today NOM’s Brian Brown has repeatedly tweeted the link to a story critical of a new PR campaign in Brazil which tells citizens to call the country’s version of 911 to report homophobia-related crimes. From the Christianist outlet, LifeSite News: Beginning in late February, the Brazilian government has begun to take complaints of “homophobia” on its Dial 100 emergency line, …

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QUEENS: Party Crashers Beat Teen To Death While Shouting Anti-Gay Slurs

Four New York City teenagers have been charged with manslaughter after they crashed a party in Queens and stomped 18 year-old Anthony Colloa to death while shouting anti-gay epithets. One of Colloa’s attackers also beat him with a metal pipe. It’s not clear why Collao was targeted. Friends said he had a girlfriend and was not gay – though the …

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PUERTO RICO: Murderer Of Transwoman Ashley Santiago Sentenced To 111 Years

Some hefty justice has been doled out to the murderer of transwoman Ashely Santiago, whose brutally stabbed body was found in her Puerto Rico home last April. Michael Lavers reports at Edge News: A Puerto Rican man who confessed to murdering a transgender woman in her Corozal home received a 111-year prison sentence on Monday, Feb. 7. Primera Hora reported …

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NORTH CAROLINA: Arson Destroys Home Of Harassed Gay Couple

The Clayton, North Carolina home of a gay couple was destroyed by arson yesterday after the pair had suffered more than a year of anti-gay harassment. The couple, who did not want to be identified out of fear for their safety, is staying in a motel after fire ripped through the house on New Castle Court, off Guy Road, around …

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Rachel Maddow On David Kato’s Murder

“Will the donor countries that Uganda relies on so heavily say publicly, ‘We are paying attention to this murder. Do not disappear David Kato’s murder or we will make you a pariah for it’? Given American citizens’ vile involvement in this, maybe the United States can take the lead.”

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Lesbian Couple Sues Alleged Arsonist

A lesbian couple in Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the neighbor they believe burned down their house after repeatedly threatening to kill them. The Stuttes have been together 16 years, and while they’re not legally married, they did celebrate a civil ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist church in Oklahoma City. The complaint does allege taunts made by Millsaps that …

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LOUISIANA: Gay Man Brutally Beaten With Billiards Cue Stick In Hate Crime Attack

Yesterday a 52 year-old gay man suffered grievous facial injuries after a patron at a Shreveport, Louisiana bar attacked him with a billiards cue stick because he is gay. Witnesses say the two men hadn’t even spoken before the attack. Security personnel at the Sandbar held the alleged attacker, William Payne until police arrived. Payne was arrested and charged with …

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Obama Condemns Uganda Murder

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work. At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, …

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BACKGROUND: Evidence Of Scott Lively’s Complicity In The Murder Of David Kato

Yesterday Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death in his home just weeks after his photo was emblazoned on the cover of a local newspaper with the accompanying headline “HANG THEM!” The newspaper articles and Kato’s murder came after months of international outrage over Uganda’s proposed and still-pending “kill gays” bill, legislation that orders the death penalty for …

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