Tag Archives: hate crimes

U.S. House Debating Vote On Hate Crimes

At the moment, wingnut Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is railing against “protected sexual orientations” such as pedophilia. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is literally waving his Bible and quoting scripture. It’s a zoo. Watch live here.

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Obama: Pass The Hate Crimes Act

Last night President Obama urged Congress to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. “This week, the House of Representatives is expected to consider H.R. 1913, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009. I urge members on both sides of the aisle to act on this important civil rights issue by passing this legislation to …

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Action Alert: Fight Hate Now

The Human Rights Campaign is asking the LGBT community to call their representatives in Congress over the next three days and demand their support of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. After more than a decade of lobbying on Capitol Hill and seven successful votes on the bill, this critical piece of legislation is again expected to see …

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Hate Crimes Bill Passes Committee

Despite attempts by Republican legislators to add unborn children, pregnant women, and members of the military to the protected classes, today the House Judiciary Committee narrowly approved the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act* by a vote of 15-12. GOP reps also attempted but failed to strip gender identity protections from the act. The bill will go the full …

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Killer Of Transwoman Angie Zapata Found Guilty By Colorado Jury

Allen Andrade was today found guilty of the July 2008 murder of transwoman Angie Zapata, whom Andrade beat to death with a fire extinguisher after learning Zapata’s birth gender. When arrested, he told police he had killed “it”. After two hours of deliberation, a Weld District Court jury found Allen Andrade guilty of the first-degree murder of Angie Zapata, guilty …

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PhoboQuotable – Matt Barber

“If H.R. 1913 becomes law, actual violence or injury need not take place for a “hate crime” to occur. For example, if a group of Christians are at a ‘gay pride’ parade and a one of them gently places his hand on a homosexual’s shoulder and shares that there is freedom from homosexuality through a relationship with Jesus Christ, then, …

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Judy Shepard Calls For Hate Crimes Law

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The Wingnuts Have Outdone Themselves

Just when you think the bizarre lies of the Christianist right cannot possibly get any more outrageous, they go and outdo themselves…….. Lou Sheldon’s Traditional Values Coalition is claiming that the hate crimes act currently before Congress will legalize numerous types of sexual crimes because the American Psychiatric Association lists certain sexual fetishes under a long list of “sexual orientations” …

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Iraq: Six Gay Men Killed By Own Tribes

Iraq’s interior ministry reports that six gay men have been killed in the last ten days by members of their own tribes in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City after being disowned by family members as “perverts.” A local cafe popular with gays was also set on fire. The AFP reports on the latest of the killings: The bullet-riddled bodies …

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More Christianist Lies From The Family Research Council

Check out the latest “action alert” from the Family Research Council. Many members of Congress are simply unaware of how dangerous the proposed “hate crimes” law is. FRC Action will warn them that this could lead to simple expressions of religious faith-including sermons and radio broadcasts-being prosecuted as “hate.” Our nation is at a danger point. In 2007, such a …

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Yes On 8 Attacker Pleads No Contest To Hate Crimes Charge

Anger management classes, three years of probation, and 100 hours community service for beating a gay man with a Yes On 8 yard sign. Fair? A 23-year-old father who used a campaign sign opposing same-sex marriage to attack a gay man on a Torrance street was ordered Monday to take lessons on managing anger and intolerance. As part of a …

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Guilty Verdict In Murder Of NY Gay Man, Killer Had Called Victim A “Faggot”

A 18 year-old Brooklyn man was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday for stabbing a 20 year-old gay man to death after calling him a “faggot” and accusing him of coming on to him. Duncan Osborne at Gay City News covered the trial, which nearly ended in a hung jury due to the poor credibility of witnesses. Following a roughly …

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Hate Crimes Surge In Wake Of Prop 8

CORRECTION: The source for the below story incorrectly states the number of hate crimes in California. The number cited is in fact for Santa Clara County only. I’ll update the post with the accurate number shortly. California saw the number of anti-gay hate crimes increase from three in 2007 to 14 last year, leading some to conclude that the contentious …

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Spain: Gay Panic Defense Wins Acquittal In Horrific Double Murder

Andres Duque is reporting a gruesome story out of Spain where a man was just acquitted of his confessed murder of two gay men because of his claim of “homosexual panic.” 27 year old Isaac Ali Dani Peréz Triviño was born in Spain. 32 year old Julio Anderson Luciano was born in Brazil. They lived together in the Spanish province …

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Anti-Gay Murderers Face 78 Years To Life

The murderers of Jose Sucuzhanay were charged yesterday with second degree murder with hate crimes enhancements and may get from 78 years to life in prison. The two men accused of fatally beating an Ecuadorean immigrant with a bat and a bottle after shouting epithets about Hispanics and gays face 78 years to life in prison if convicted on charges …

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Homophobic Murderer: “So I Killed Someone. That Makes Me A Bad Guy?”

Confessed killer Keith Phoenix is now claiming that his murder of Jose Sucuzhanay was done in self-defense in a street fight “gone bad” and that he doesn’t hate gays. He has been called a monstrous murderer, filled with bias and hate, but in a jailhouse interview on Sunday, Keith Phoenix blamed his Latino victim – and insisted he has nothing …

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2nd Suspect Nabbed In Sucuzhanay Case

One day after local TV stations played toll booth surveillance video showing him laughing and joking minutes after committing a brutal anti-gay murder, Keith Phoenix has been arrested for the killing of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay. Phoenix’s accomplice was captured and confessed on Wednesday. Sucuzhanay was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat after being mistaken for gay because …

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ZOMG!1!! Federal Imprisonment For Christians Is Right Around The Corner!

According to the title of the latest missive from the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, if a federal hate crimes bill passes, “Federal Imprisonment For Christians Is Right Around The Corner.” Why should you be fuming and taking action before you even finish reading this? Because these two bills that are going to be sent to President Barack Obama’s desk will silence …

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Arrest Made In Anti-Gay Murder Of Jose Sucazhanay, NYPD Gets Confession

Late Wednesday night, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the NYPD has made an arrest in the brutal murder of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay (left), who was beaten to death in Brooklyn two months ago when assailants mistook Jose and his brother for gay lovers because they were walking arm in arm. Hakeem Scott, 25, has confessed to the murder, but his …

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Father Of Brandon McInerney Arrested

The father of Brandon McInerney, the California student who murdered gay teen Lawrence King, has been arrested on two felony counts of making criminal threats and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime. William Frederick McInerney, 46, had his first court appearance Friday since being arrested Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty, court records show. Judge Colleen Toy White set bail …

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