Tag Archives: hate crimes

Ellen DeGeneres: Larry King Was Not A Second Class Citizen

On today’s show, Ellen Degeneres makes a heartfelt commentary on the Lawrence King murder. An excerpt: “Larry was not a second class citizen. I am not a second class citizen. It is okay if you’re gay. I don’t care what people say. I don’t care what people think. And I know there are entire groups of people who face discrimination …

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Matt Foreman Speaks To JMG Readers

Via Father Tony, outgoing Task Force executive director Matt Foreman speaks a few words of encouragement from the Fort Lauderdale vigil and remembrance of murdered trans teen Simmie Williams.

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Ft Lauderdale Diner Owner Offers $5K Reward For Gay-Basher’s Identity

Butch Samp, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s Floridian Diner, has offered a $5000 reward for information leading to the capture of the person that committed a brutal gay-bashing at his restaurant earlier this week. Police are looking for a 2002 or similar year, sage green, four-door Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with a bed cover and roll bar. A police report of …

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HomoQuotable – Wayne Besen

“Clearly, the answer to Jamaica’s love affair with lynching is an aggressive campaign designed to put the clamp on tourism – particularly the cruise industry. The goal should be to strangle Jamaica’s economy and force the island to change or suffer severe consequences. With tourism Jamaica’s second largest source of revenue, such a campaign could have a powerful impact that …

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Fort Lauderdale Stands Up To Hate

Press release from Waymon Hudson of Florida’s Fight OUT Loud: Fight OUT Loud is very disturbed to learn of the recent string of anti-gay crimes in Broward County. First, there was the senseless murder of 17 year-old Simmie Williams Jr, which Police are investigating as a possible hate crime based on his sexual orientation or gender identity. Then, a gay …

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Lawrence King Story On CNN

The Lawrence King story got in-depth coverage on Anderson Cooper 360 last night. Some new details were revealed including that King’s killer may have been bullied himself. (Via – Towleroad.)

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“Are You Looking At Me, Faggot?”

More ugly Florida news today. A gay man was brutally beaten at the Floridian, a popular diner on Fort Lauderdale’s gorgeous Las Olas Boulevard, after his partner said “good morning” to another patron. Police are searching for a man driven by hate, who beat a gay man and threatened him and his partner, after they finished a meal at an …

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Another Trans Teen Killed

From Fort Lauderdale: The shooting death of a gay teenage boy who was dressed in women’s clothing is being investigated as a possible hate crime, while detectives try to determine whether he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Simmie Williams Jr., 17, was attacked on the 1000 block of Sistrunk Boulevard by two young men who wore dark clothing …

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Jamaica: Most Homophobic Place On Earth

More anti-gay violence in Jamaica: MANDEVILLE, Jamaica — One night last month, Andre and some friends were finishing dinner when a mob showed up at the front gate. Yelling anti-gay slurs and waving machetes, sticks and knives, 15 to 20 men kicked in the front door of the home he and his friends had rented and set upon them. Inspector …

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Day Of Silence For Lawrence King

Via MTV News: A series of candlelight vigils have been held throughout the U.S. in the wake of the student’s death (an estimated 1,000 people marched in Oxnard the weekend following the murder), in an effort to raise awareness of what many feel was a largely underreported case. MTV News attended one such vigil on Friday night, just outside of …

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Angry Parents Jam School Meeting To Demand Answers On King Shooting

The murder of Lawrence King brought hordes of angry parents to his middle school yesterday. Hundreds of parents filled an Oxnard gymnasium Tuesday night to ask hard questions about why school officials didn’t intervene more aggressively in an escalating feud between two students, which ended last week with the shooting death of 15-year-old student Lawrence King. In orderly fashion, one …

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HomoQuotable – John Cloud

“On Friday, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released a statement saying, in part, ‘Our hearts go out to Lawrence’s family — and to all young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids who are — right now, right this minute — being bullied and beaten in school while adults look the other way.’ Another group, the Gay, Lesbian and …

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Lawrence King Remembered
At Two Large Gatherings

A total of over 1000 people gathered at two locations on Friday and Saturday in Oxnard, California to honor the memory of Lawrence King, 15, an openly gay middle-school student who was shot in the head last Tuesday by Brandon McInerney, a 14 year-old fellow 8th grader. New reports suggest that days before the shooting King may have told McInerney …

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Lawrence King Killing “Premeditated”,

Ventura County, California prosecutors have declared that the shooting of Lawrence King by 14 year-old Brandon McInerney (left) was a premeditated hate crime. McInerney’s family was in a Ventura courtroom Thursday as the adolescent was brought into a holding chamber to face charges. His arraignment was delayed to give his attorney time to review the police investigation before entering a …

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Attempted Murder, Hates Crimes Charged In Lawrence King Shooting

Prosecutors in Oxnard, California have charged a 14 year-old boy with attempted murder (with a hate-crime enhancement) and use of a firearm in the case of Lawrence King (pictured, at unknown age), the 15 year-old gay youth shot in his 8th grade classroom yesterday. Despite reports late yesterday that King had died, he is brain-dead and remains on a ventilator …

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Lawrence King, 15

A sad update to the California shooting: A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head at school died Wednesday, a police spokesman said. Eighth-grader Lawrence King, who was shot Tuesday during a class at E.O. Green Junior High, died at St. John’s Regional Medical Center, David Keith said. An unidentified 14-year-old classmate arrested near the school after the shooting …

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Gay-Bashing Pic Wins 2007
World Press Photo Award

A photo of Hungarian gay-bashing victims has won second place in the World Press Photo Of The Year 2007 Awards. The couple was photographed in Budapest by Zsolt Szigetváry as they awaited medical attention. First prize went to a photo of an American serviceman resting in his bunker in Afghanistan. Here’s a gallery of other winners. (Via – Jockohomo.)

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Gays Face Battles With 2008 Congress

Congress returns from their holiday break over the next week with three major pieces of pro-gay legislation still to be resolved: the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and the bill that ripped apart LGBT and progressive groups – the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). With so many issues facing this session of Congress (the …

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Matthew Shepard Act:
Progress Screwed By Principles

Democratic Senate leaders, acquiescing to their anti-war constituents, yesterday stripped the Matthew Shepard Act from the defense funding bill to which it was attached. Matthew Shepard’s mother has released a statement regarding yesterday’s decision: We are truly dismayed to find that Congress now will put aside its leadership on passage of federal hate crimes legislation that includes sexual orientation and …

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Breaking: Hates Crimes Bill Dead

From the Washington Blade: Capitol Hill sources are telling the Blade that the hate crimes measure has been stripped from the National Defense Authorization Act. The House passed a freestanding hate crimes bill in May, but lawmakers in the Senate, led by Sen. Edward Kennedy, attached it to the spending bill as part of a strategy to avoid a presidential …

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