Tag Archives: hate crimes

Lawrence King’s Family Sues Everybody For Not Destroying His Gayness

The family of murdered gay teen Lawrence King has filed suit against just about everybody that ever knew him for not insisting that he “tone down” his feminine ways. Because that’s why he was murdered. Not because Brandon McInerney was a Nazi-obsessed skinhead wannabe who hated gays. The family of a gay teenager who was shot to death in class …

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Long Island Gay Youth Center Vandalized

Yesterday the already struggling gay youth center in Long Island suffered thousands of dollars in vandalism damage .Via Newsday: Vandalism at a center that serves gay and lesbian youths in Bay Shore is being investigated as a hate crime, Suffolk police said Monday. Police were called Monday morning to the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Center, at 34 Park …

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Hate Crime Or Not?

There’s an interesting discussion making the rounds of NYC news blogs regarding what happened at a Jewish wedding reception last week. A 23 year-old Christian-raised cater waiter, who for five years had worked for a catering company that specialized in Jewish weddings, decided to express his sympathy for Palestinians by using the Woodbury Jewish Center’s PA system to broadcast some …

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Four Arrests In SF Rape Case

Four arrests have been made in the case of the Bay Area lesbian who was gang-raped last month. Two men and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday. Officers arrested Humberto Hernandez Salvador at his Richmond home …

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Lesbian Gang-Raped In Bay Area

Somehow I missed this horrible story last week. A woman in the San Francisco Bay area was jumped by four men, taunted for being a lesbian, repeatedly raped and left naked outside an abandoned apartment building, authorities said Monday. Detectives say the 28-year-old victim was attacked Dec. 13 after she got out of her car, which bore a rainbow gay …

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Ecuador President Vows To Fight Homophobia

In the wake of the Brooklyn murder of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay, Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has vowed to fight against homophobia and xenophobia. Andres Duque at Blabbeando provides a translation of Correa’s statement: The Ecuadorean immigrant José Sucuzhañay, of 31 years of age, was “vilely assassinated for xenophobic reasons, for homophobia; They mistook him for a homosexual and was …

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Hundreds Turn Out At Brooklyn Vigil For Jose Sucuzhanay, Murdered Victim Of Anti-Latino, Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out yesterday for the memorial vigil for Jose Sucuzhanay, the Ecuadorian immigrant who was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat last week because his attackers thought he and his brother were homosexuals. The event was covered by over a dozen television crews from local, national, and Hispanic news channels, as well as print …

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Today: Jose Sucuzhanay Memorial

On Friday, hours before his mother arrived from Ecuador, Jose Sucuzhanay’s heart stopped and he was declared dead. An Ecuadorean immigrant who was brutally beaten with a bottle and baseball bat last week by men said to be shouting anti-gay and anti-Hispanic slurs has died, a family spokesman said on Saturday night. Three Sucuzhanay brothers — from left, Romel, Diego …

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Sunday 2PM: Jose Sucuzhanay Vigil

The memorial vigil for Jose Sucuzhanay, the victim of Saturday’s brutal anti-gay, anti-Latino attack in Brooklyn, will take place Sunday at 2pm at the scene of the hate crime. Facebook link here. Let’s hope the “gays don’t get beaten up enough” crowd has taken notice. Embiggen the image for instructions.

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Police Release Sketch Of Suspect In Brooklyn Attack

Contrary to widely published reports yesterday, the more seriously injured brother of the two attacked in Brooklyn is not dead, but he has been found to have no brain function. The New York Times has amended the story I linked yesterday. Today the NYPD released the sketch at left in the hopes the public can identify the assailants. Police have …

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Killed Because They Thought He Was Gay

One of the two brothers attacked in Brooklyn yesterday has died of his injuries. He was beaten to death with a baseball bat because the attackers thought he and his brother were lovers. The two brothers from Ecuador had attended a church party and had stopped at a bar afterward. They may have been a bit tipsy as they walked …

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Lawrence King’s Killer Found Competent

Lawrence King’s murderer, Brandon McInerney, has been found competent to stand trial. Brandon McInerney, an Oxnard teenager accused of first-degree murder and a hate crime in connection with the shooting of a classmate, today was found competent to stand trial in Ventura County Superior Court. Judge Kevin McGee made the ruling after hearing from a psychiatrist and a psychologist. The …

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Anti-Gay Hate Crime In Brooklyn?

I got several emails from NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s office this morning, the last of which said: I was outraged to learn this morning that two men were assaulted at Kossuth Place and Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, and especially horrified to learn that anti-LGBT and anti-Latino slurs were used by one or more of the assailants – raising this …

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Huckabee: Yeah, Gay People Get Beaten – But What About The Stryofoam Cross Lady?

Last month former Arkansas governor and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appeared on The View to say that gays had not been beaten up enough to deserve the comparison between the gay rights movement and the black civil rights movement. At a book signing in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday, Huckabee acknowledged to Todd Heywood of the Michigan Messenger that there …

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$3.75M Awarded To Victim Of Anti-Gay NYC Firehouse Brawl

A case which dominated the NYC tabloids in early 2004 has finally been settled as a firefighter who was left with permanent injuries after being smashed in the face with a metal chair has agreed to accept $3.75M from the city. The firefighter claimed that the brawl was the culmination of the two years of anti-gay slurs he’d suffered as …

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Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Today is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. From the site: The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight …

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Trans Youth Murdered In Syracuse

Moses Cannon, 22, was murdered in Syracuse, New York on Friday in what the victim’s family is calling an anti-gay hate crime. Moses “Teish” Cannon was openly gay, and his family said today that is why he was shot and killed Friday night. His death should be treated as a hate crime, they said. Cannon, 22, of 404 Arthur St., …

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FBI: Anti-Gay Crime Rate Rising

Disturbing: Hate crimes against gays increased in 2007, up 6% from 2006 even though the overall number of hate crimes dropped slightly, the FBI reported Monday. There were 7,624 hate crimes reported in 2007, down 1% from 2006. Crimes based on sexual orientation — 1,265 in 2007 — have been rising since 2005. A hate crime is one motivated by …

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Wingnuts: Gays Will Silence The Church

Next week Fort Lauderdale-based Coral Ridge Ministries will broadcast a nationwide 30-minute show warning evangelicals that they must fight all hate crimes laws or else the evil gays will criminalize Christianity. Via WingNutDaily: “Hate Crime Laws” is a half-hour exposé that shows how Christians in America, Canada, Australia, and Sweden have been arrested and prosecuted for expressing opinions that are …

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Matthew Shepard: Ten Years Later

It was ten years ago today that gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and left to die. Ten years and Wyoming still does not have a hate crimes law. This morning Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard appeared on CBS News to discuss the continuing battle. (Via – Towleroad)

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