Tag Archives: hate crimes

Mistrial For Second Defendant In Brooklyn’s Brutal Anti-Gay Murder Trial

The judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Keith Phoenix, who was on trial for the anti-gay, anti-Hispanic murder of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay. According to Phoenix’s lawyer, the jury was deadlocked over convicting him of murder or manslaughter. The victim was beaten to death with a metal baseball bat in Brooklyn in late 2008 after Phoenix and …

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Sean Chapin – This Is Not A Hate Crime

JMG reader Sean Chapin reacts to yesterday’s “not a hate crime” verdict in Brooklyn. Watch this. WATCH THIS.

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OUTRAGE: Hate Crimes Charges Dismissed In Brooklyn Murder Of Jose Suzuchanay

Unbelievable. Hakim Scott, on trial for the brutal 2008 murder of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay, has been convicted of manslaughter only. The jury dismissed the hate crimes charge, despite overwhelming evidence that Scott and his accomplice screamed anti-gay and anti-Hispanic epithets as they beat Sucuzhanay to death with a metal baseball bat. The second jury is still deliberating the case …

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KENTUCKY: Judge Reduces Charges In Attack Against Lesbian Teen

Saying there is not enough evidence to support felony charges, a judge in Kentucky has reduced the attempted murder charges against two teenage girls who have been accused of trying to throw a lesbian classmate off a cliff. After a hearing Thursday, District Judge Henria Bailey-Lewis reduced the charges against Ashley Sams and Corinne Schwab to fourth-degree assault and menacing, …

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KENTUCKY: Defense Lawyers Claim Murder Attempt Was Staged Prank

Lawyers for the three Kentucky girls charged with attempting to murder a lesbian classmate are claiming that the entire incident was a staged prank with the full participation of the victim. Cheyenne Williams, 18, and supporters have said that on April 16, three girls with whom she’d been friends for years took her against her will to picturesque Flat Lick …

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Florida Man Accused Of Murdering Daughter’s Girlfriend

A Lakeland, Florida man has been arrested for murdering his daughter’s girlfriend. Friends of the victim say he was angry at her for “leading” his daughter into a lesbian relationship. Jerry Lee Seger, an enraged father who allegedly blamed 24-year-old Courtney Bright for leading his daughter down what he felt was the wrong path – including a three-year lesbian affair …

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SAN FRANCISCO: Anti-Gay BB Gun Attackers Sentenced To Six Months

The three Bay Area cousins who went on a San Francisco BB-gun shooting spree in February have been sentenced to six months in county jail. The three had targeted men who appeared to be gay. Mohammad Habibzada, 24, Shafiq Hashemi, 21, and Sayed Bassam, 21, also will be on probation for three years and must complete as much as 400 …

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Tonight: Protest At Ohio’s Miami University After Assault At Gay Fundraiser

Miami University junior Ben Collings says he and his boyfriend were assaulted after objecting to anti-gay comments he heard while attending a Gay/Straight Alliance fundraiser held at an off campus bar. Police are saying Collings initiated the fight. Collings said that when he was in the restroom, he overheard others using derogatory words for homosexuals. Things got heated after that, …

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Day Of Anti-Gay Truth: Three Kentucky Girls Charged With Kidnapping And Attempted Murder Of Lesbian Classmate

Three high school girls in Kentucky have been charged with kidnapping and attempting to murder an openly lesbian classmate by pushing her off of a cliff. The attack took place on the Day Of Silence, which some students at the school observed as the anti-gay Day Of Truth, as instructed by Christian hate groups. Cheyenne Williams, 18, of McKee, signed …

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Trial Underway In Brooklyn Anti-Gay Hate Crime Murder Case

In December 2008, Ecuadorian immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay (left) was brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat by two men who mistakenly thought that Sucuzhanay and his brother were gay lovers. The case gained international attention and brought together LGBT and immigrant right groups for massive protests at the scene of the murder in Brooklyn. The two murderers are now …

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Burned Rainbow Flag Hung Outside Of NYC LGBT Community Center

Staffers at the NYC LGBT Community Center in Manhattan’s West Village found a burned and torn rainbow flag affixed to their front wall this morning. Executive director Glennda Testone: “This morning our building staff arrived and discovered a burned rainbow flag hanging on one of the poster display cases outside our building. We called the NYPD, and they immediately dispatched …

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HOUSTON: Arson Destroys Gay Church

The Houston Fire Department has determined that the fire that destroyed a small gay-friendly church on Friday was deliberately set. The intense blaze was spotted a little after 11 p.m. The church, a small wooden building near Beltway 8 and I-45 South, was immediately engulfed. The remnants have since been torn down. The church’s website says “We welcome people of …

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Stars Give A Damn About Hate Crimes

True Blood star Anna Paquin comes out as bisexual in this star-studded plea against hate crimes created by Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. The campaign’s website, We Give A Damn, is down at the moment, doubtlessly due to gossip sites freaking out over Paquin’s unanticipated revelation.

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Three Chicago-Area Men Charged With Hate Crimes For Train Attack

In January I told you about Daniel Hauff, the Chicago gay man who fended off three homophobic attackers on Chicago’s public transit by falsely telling them he was HIV-positive. Hauff had come to the defense of a gay kid whom the men had been harassing and was beaten and called a “faggot” for intervening. Yesterday all three men were indicted …

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Brooklyn Activists Stage Kiss-Out In Reaction To Hate Crime

Yesterday gay activists gathered in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn to stage a “kiss-out” in response to the March 2nd attack on a 22 year-old gay man, who was beaten by cowardly thugs as he left a gay event. The attackers used anti-gay epithets during the attack and are being sought by the NYPD. [Video below] In a separate …

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Police Find 11 Other Victims On Video Of SF’s Anti-Gay BB Gun Attackers

The San Francisco police have found eleven other victims on the video made by the three men arrested for shooting a gay man with a BB gun. The men have been charged in San Francisco with a hate crime and assault for allegedly firing a BB rifle Feb. 26 at the face of a man they believed was gay. The …

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Oklahoma Senate Votes To Exempt State From Federal Hate Crimes Law

Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell’s bill to exempt his state from complying with the federal hate crimes law has passed overwhelmingly. Under the new provisions of Senate Bill 1965, reports that were collected during investigations of possible hate crime that did not end in a conviction would be destroyed or kept by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Russell said …

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SF: Three Men Arrested In Anti-Gay Drive-By BB Gun Shooting

If you think it’s hilarious to drive around shooting a BB gun at suspected homos, you probably shouldn’t videotape yourself doing it. The victim of Friday’s attack was walking on the 3200 block of 16th Street near Guerrero Street about 10 p.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside opened fire with a BB rifle, police said. The man …

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Linda Harvey: Protecting LGBT Students From Beatings Is Fascist

Linda Harvey at Mission America is screaming about Rep. Jared Polis’ federal bill to protect LGBT students from bullying and assault. Because beating the gay out of kids is the Christian way. The purpose of this bill is not what is being stated, but is quite simply to mandate in public schools one acceptable viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality, …

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On Hate Crimes And Prison Rape

Several times in recent weeks, commenters on this and other LGBT blogs have feuded over reader statements that the perpetrators of hate crimes deserve to get raped in prison. This has generated a number of complaining emails to me, including a couple from LGBT prisoner activists. Pertinent to that issue, the photos above are part of a new awareness campaign …

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