Tag Archives: hate crimes

Turkey’s First Gay Honor Killing?

Ahmet Yidlz, a 26 year-old old gay man, was murdered in Turkey last week in what some are calling the country’s first gay “honor” killing. In a corner of Istanbul today, the man who might be described as Turkey’s gay poster boy will be buried – a victim, his friends believe, of the country’s deepening friction between an increasingly liberal …

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Attacks At NYCTransgender Youth Shelter

A beloved Episcopal priest and several transgender youth were attacked Monday in a possible hate crime outside of a shelter for LGBT youth in Queens. A priest who runs a shelter specializing in outreach to homeless transgender youths was beaten with construction equipment and paint cans by a group of teenagers in a possible hate crime, authorities said Tuesday. Two …

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Sauna Bombed In Budapest

Hungarian nationalists fire-bombed a Budapest bathhouse yesterday as that city readied for this weekend’s gay pride events. A gay establishment in the Hungarian capital has been targeted, the second attack in a week. Four petrol bombs were thrown into sauna called Magnum in the early hours of yesterday morning. One man was slightly injured by fumes. The bombers had called …

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Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Up 24%

More fuel for the Matthew Shepard Act, sadly. A report released Tuesday shows that violent attacks on members of the LGBT community nationwide grew by 24 percent in 2007 over the previous year. The 78-page report was prepared by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs with input from more than 30 of its members across the U.S. The number of …

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Warnings To Gay Eurovision Fans

The British embassy in Belgrade will issue a pamphlet of “advice” to gay fans heading to the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia this month, after fears were raised that local fascists plan to attack homosexual attendees. The British Embassy in Belgrade is funding the production of an information leaflet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people planning to visit the …

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Gay Groups Plead Mercy For
Lawrence King’s Killer

An alliance of 27 LGBT groups is asking the Ventura County, California district attorney to try the 14-year old murderer of Lawrence King (left) as a juvenile. Here’s a statement from the alliance, which includes Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLSEN, and the Transgender Law Center: “We are saddened and outraged by the murder of junior high …

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Sacramento’s Gays Vs. Violent Immigrants

The LA Times has an interesting piece on the continuing clash between Sacramento’s gay community and the thousands of evangelical Slavic immigrants who have relocated there in recent years. With as many as 100,000 newcomers from republics such as Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, the Sacramento region has one of the nation’s largest concentrations of Soviet immigrants. Most began arriving …

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LA Times Digs Into Lawrence King Story

The Los Angeles Times has published a piece investigating the backgrounds of Lawrence King and his murderer Brandon McInerney. For teens living in a shelter for abused and neglected children, school can provide a daily dose of normalcy, a place to fit in, a chance to be just another kid. It didn’t turn out that way for Lawrence King. According …

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Hate In 2008: A Call To Action

Florida’s Fight Out Loud has compiled a sobering video accounting of the violence against LGBT people in 2008, which is already shaping up to be the worst year in recent memory.

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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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