Tag Archives: hate crimes

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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White Supremacist Materials Found In Home Of Lawrence King’s Killer

Investigators found white supremacist materials in the home of Brandon McInerney, the 14 year old killer of gay teen Lawrence King. The materials were a “prime consideration” in the adding of a hate crimes charge. Investigators seized white supremacist materials, including doodlings of Nazi swastikas, from the bedroom of Brandon McInerney, the 14-year-old Oxnard student accused of gunning down his …

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Violence Rocks Sarajevo Pride

Shouting “Kill the gays” and “Allah Akbar”, Islamic rioters attacked participants in yesterday’s first-ever gay pride event in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Dozens of homophobic hooligans attacked participants of Bosnia’s first-ever gay rights festival in Sarajevo on Wednesday, leaving at least two journalists and one police officer injured. The scuffle broke out at the end of the opening ceremony of the four-day …

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Judge Rejects “Provoking Smile” Defense In Murder Of Denver Transwoman

Yesterday a Denver judge rejected a request to lower the charge in the case of murdered transwoman Angie Zapata, after her killer’s lawyer said that Allen Andrade was “provoked” into killing Zapata when she smiled at him after he demanded to know if she was male. Only when Andrade grabbed at Zapata’s crotch did he discover the truth. But when …

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Brandon McInerney Pleads Not Guilty

The 14 year-old killer of gay teen Lawrence King pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder and a hate crime yesterday in a ploy to have the charges reduced to manslaughter. Brandon McInerney entered the plea in Ventura County Superior Court on Thursday. McInerney is charged as an adult with first degree murder and a hate crime for the Feb. 12 …

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Hate Crimes Charge For Transwoman’s Killer

The murderer of Colorado transwoman Angie Zapata has been charged with a hate crime, adding a potential 18 months to his sentence. Zapata’s supportive sister says that she had long been worried about the crowd of “dangerous men” that Zapata had been hanging with. “One time she came home crying saying, ‘Why, Monica, why won’t people accept me?’ ” Monica …

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Transwoman Gives Eyewitness Account Of Knoxville Church Shooting

Michelangelo Signorile has interviewed Carla Lewis, a transgender woman who was inside the Knoxville Unitarian Church when last week’s shooting happened. Signorile: This is a clip from my interview with Carla Lewis, who was inside the Tennessee Valley Universalist Unitarian Church when a gunman opened fire little over a week ago. She came on the program last week to take …

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Gay Church Demands To Know Contents Of Church Shooter’s Letter

Police won’t release the contents of the letter left by the Knoxville church shooter and the local gay church wants to know what it says. The man who ministers to East Tennessee’s largest gay and lesbian congregation says his church won’t rest easy until members know what Jim David Adkisson wrote. “The more clarity, the better,” said the Rev. Bob …

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Unshocking: Church Shooter A Fan of Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly

Police searching the home of Tennessee church shooter Jim David Adkisson found the following books: “Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder” by radio talk show host Michael Savage, “Let Freedom Ring” by talk show host Sean Hannity, and “The O’Reilly Factor,” by television talk show host Bill O’Reilly. I’m sure those three’s chests are swelling with pride today. Seriously. I …

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Tennessee: Two Killed, Seven Injured In Shooting At Gay Friendly Church, Shooter’s Letter Says He Hates Liberals And Gays

Days after the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville put up a sign welcoming gays to worship, yesterday a gunman shouting “hateful words” killed two people and injured seven others during a youth performance of the musical Annie at the church. The gunman was tackled by congregants and eventually taken into police custody. Jim D. Adkisson, 58, was charged …

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Christianists Gets Pennsylvania’s Hate Crimes Law Overturned

Acting on a petition filed by the Christianist group Repent America, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that struck down that state’s 2002 hate crimes law, saying it was inappropriately attached to an unrelated bill. Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision striking down amendments that added sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, gender, and mental …

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Brandon McInerney To Be Tried As Adult

A Ventura County, California judge has ruled that the 14-year-old killer of gay teen Lawrence King will be tried as an adult. Relying on past court decisions, a judge ruled Thursday that trying a 14-year-old boy accused of murder in an adult court does not violate the constitution, swatting down legal arguments raised by the boy’s attorney that it was …

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