Hate Crimes

Teen says he was beat up for being gay

HOUSTON - A 17-year-old says he was beat up for being gay.

Dylan Beard says he lost his sense of security. His friends told him to meet him at Jenkins Park in Baytown, only to get jumped.

"It's tough being gay. It's tough. Because we are out of the norm I guess. They lured me indirectly. They had one of their friends, who I'm also friends with, tell me to come up there and they walked up and did it," said Beard.

Dylan says a girl started hitting him.

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On 5th anniversary of federal hate crimes law, a guide to state-level hate crimes advocacy

WASHINGTON DC – On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (HCPA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released a guide providing analysis of the current landscape of hate crimes laws in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

4 suspects sought in brutal attack on transgender woman

BROOKLYN, New York -- Police are on the hunt for four men accused of attacking a transgender woman in Brooklyn.

It happened just before 11:30 pm. Sunday in Bushwick. Police said the four men walked up the 28-year-old victim on Bushwick Avenue and began making anti-gay statements. They then beat and kicked the woman, police said. One of them also threw a Plexiglas board at the victim’s head, police said.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition.

Two of the suspects were caught on a store’s surveillance video.

Hate crime? Stranger clubs man hit in head with hammer

BROOKLYN, New York -- NYPD are investigating as a possible hate crime an attack on a gay man by a stranger who used a hammer to club him in the head.

Mitch Pope, 33,said he was attacked by the stranger, who followed him into his apartment building before the secured front door locked behind him.

Pope said the man yelled gay slurs at him during the attack, which occurred about 11 am Monday in the lobby of the apartment building on Washington Avenue near Sullivan Place in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

San Diego Remembers cupcakes on sale at Babycakes

SAN DIEGO, California -- Those with a sweet tooth can do their part to stand up against hate by purchasing the special San Diego Remembers cupcake between now and Oct. 15 at Babycakes.

San Diego Remembers, a local community organization that coordinates a number of anti-hate education activities, has partnered with the cupcake bar to sell the sweet treat as a fundraiser for their programs, including the upcoming annual San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard March and Ceremony, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Man accused of hate crime after threatening whites, gays in Seattle

SEATTLE, Washington -- An unarmed man denied entry into a Capitol Hill nightclub early Saturday was arrested after he threatened gays and whites, Seattle police said.

The 28-year-old man, described as intoxicated by witnesses, was prevented from entering the club in the 1500 block of Broadway shortly after midnight, according to police. He became angry and reportedly said “all white people should die” and “all gay people would be killed,” police said.

The man also acted as if he was armed with a gun and reached toward his waistband before walking away.

The "Hunted" gays of Putin’s Russia: Vicious vigilantes and State bigotry close up

What is the sound of a man terrified for his life? The sound of a man surrounded by 13 bullies who are desperate to beat him up, maybe worse, for being gay? Well, it is a horrible sound. A whimpering, half-growl and curdled scream, a cornered-animal cry of a sound.

Pennsylvania panel advances hate-crimes bill to full House

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee today voted 19-4 to send an inclusive hate-crimes bill to the full House of Representatives.

HB 177 has a companion bill, SB 42, introduced in the state Senate. The bills would amend the state's Hate Crimes Law to include sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability.

Watch: Family has horrifying, violent reaction to son's coming out as gay (graphic language)

Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love. Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse.

Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, came out as gay last October. At the time, his father was unresponsive and his stepmother seemed supportive. However, things took a turn for the worse Wednesday when Pierce found himself a part of what he describes as a "delayed intervention" involving his father, stepmother and grandparents. He apparently captured footage of the interaction on camera.

Alleged anti-gay hate crime victim sentenced to prison for 2012 attack

Family members, friends and a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are crying foul after the alleged victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Atlanta received a prison sentence.

Luke O'Donovan, 21, will reportedly spend the next two years in a Georgia prison, followed by eight years of probation, after agreeing to a plea deal on Aug. 11, Vice is reporting.

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