Hate Crimes

FBI investigating gay man's murder for possible civil rights violation

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- The FBI is investigating the murder of a 22-year-old black man who may have been targeted because of his sexual orientation.

Dionte Greene, who identified as gay, was found shot to death in his still-running car near the intersection of 69th and Bellefontaine in Kansas City, Mo., early Halloween morning.

Bridget Patton, public information officer for the Kansas City division of the FBI, confirmed Greene's murder is being investigated under the federal civil rights statute, which includes bias-motivated hate crimes, to determine if a violation occurred.

Beaten by his church for being gay

“I didn’t think I was going to come out alive.”

This is how 21-year-old Matthew Fenner described to the Daily Beast a torturous two-hour “deliverance” spearheaded by members of his former North Carolina church—The Word of Faith Fellowship. They wanted to expel the demons which they believed caused impure thoughts. Fenner had been openly gay for years.

Oregon: Portland man says he was beaten for being gay

PORTLAND, Oregon -- A Portland man claims he was attacked and beaten by coworkers for being gay.

The rates of reported hate crimes may be declining nationally, according to the most recent FBI statistics; but crimes motivated by prejudice still occur, even in Portland.

Monk arrested for distributing homophobic leaflets is head of Catholic charity

CAMBRIDGE, England -- A monk who was earlier this week arrested for distributing leaflets across Cambridge claiming that gay people are “corrupting young children” is the director of a Catholic charity that spends tens of thousands of pounds each year.

Damon Jonah Kelly, 53, of Corby, Northamptonshire was arrested on Dec. 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 public order offense. He was bailed until Jan. 20, at which point he will return to Huntington Police Station in Cambridge.

UK: Arrest made over homophobic leaflets

CAMBRIDGE, England -- An arrest has been made after a "Christmas" leaflet was distributed across Cambridge claiming that gay people are “corrupting young children” and that they are “busy worshipping each other’s anuses.”

The leaflet was distributed in the city this week, in the latest in a spate of similar incidents in Cambridge and across the country.

Damon Kelly, 53, of Corby, Northamptonshire was arrested on Dec. 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 public order offense. He was bailed until Jan. 20, at which point he will return to Huntington Police Station.

Anti-gay vandalism continues to plague Toronto boutique

TORONTO, Canada -- Vandals have struck again.

Bloor West Village clothing boutique Trove suffered yet another defacing at the hands of a vandal sometime Sunday night, co-owner Carolyn Eby was sad to report. Again, the pride flag in the store’s front window was sprayed over with paint.

“It’s pretty bold. I’m taking it in stride. I kind of knew it wouldn’t be the end,” said Eby. “Someone doesn’t like my sign.”

Two arrested after homophobic attack on men singing tunes from "Wicked"

MANCHESTER, England -- A 29-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with a violent attack that happened a month ago in Manchester.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was riding on a Metrolink tram at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester's city center in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 1. He was accompanied by his friend, Jake Heaton, and they were in a good mood and singing songs from "Wicked." But a man on the tram began berating them and calling them out with anti-gay slurs.

Tree planted in memory of gay Vietnam vet murdered in 1990

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Family and neighbors gathered Sunday afternoon on Androvette Street in Charleston to re-plant a European beech tree in memory of
James "Jimmy" Zappalorti, the U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran who was stabbed to death on Jan. 22, 1990, in an area close to his parents home.

Zappalorti's death, at age 44, was the first murder on Staten Island officially designated a bias crime committed because of the victim's sexual preference.

LGBTQ-friendly lounge opens at site of awful hate crime

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada -- In a city with a "shocking lack" of gay-friendly bars and restaurants, the opening of the Steel Lounge is reason to celebrate, but also reason to reflect on a dark chapter in the LGBTQ community a decade ago.

The King William Street establishment, owned by Emily Groom and a business partner, is finally open for business after a year-long delay.

Rise in violent homophobic crime in the UK

Some of the UK's biggest police forces have recorded a rise in the number of violent homophobic crimes this year.

Hundreds of assaults on gay and lesbian people have been reported to police so far in 2014 - including more than 300 in London.

Gay rights charities said that while it was "encouraging" that more people were reporting hate crime, many victims felt "silenced" by abuse on the street.

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