Hate Crimes

Spain: Madrid urges more victims of homophobic attacks to go to police

MADRID, Spain -- The Madrid region has launched an awareness campaign to encourage gays and lesbians to report homophobic attacks. Cristina Cifuentes, the central government’s delegate in Madrid, joined with members of COGAM, which represents the capital’s homosexual community, on February 15 to announce the campaign.

“The number of reports filed in relation to crimes linked to sexual orientation or identity grew from 12 in 2013 to 21 by the end of 2014,” said Cifuentes.

Ireland: Warning over homophobic "catfish" attacks

CORK, Ireland -- Members of Cork’s LGBT community have been warned to take safety precautions when meeting online dates after reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victims.

A Facebook warning about the attacks has been widely shared on the Social Media network. The post’s author, Louise O’Donnell, said that a friend had been attacked by a group of men having arranged a date through a website.

"AfroPop" TV series concludes with "The Abominable Crime"

NEW YORK -- The seventh season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Exchange concludes with "The Abominable Crime," a film that gives voice to gay Jamaicans forced to flee their homeland due to endemic anti-gay violence.

The film will air on WORLD Channel on Monday, Feb. 16, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT as the final episode of the innovative documentary series on contemporary art, life and culture in the African diaspora.

Washington: Suspects arrested in assault on transgender woman

SPOKANE, Washington -- Police have arrested two men suspected in the Friday beating of a transgender woman inside the Boots Bakery at 20 W. Main Ave.

Adam R. Flippen, 45, is facing charges of second-degree assault and malicious harassment. Marc A. Fessler, 42, is facing one charge of malicious harassment. Both men have been booked into the Spokane County Jail and are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Washington: Transgender woman assaulted at bakery shop

SPOKANE, Washington -- Police are investigating a report of an assault at a downtown Spokane bakery Friday night. Witnesses say the victim was a transgender woman and the attackers are still at large.

The Spokane Human Rights Commission sent out a news release on the incident Monday morning, saying the victim was assaulted by two men while waiting for a friend at Boots Bakery and Lounge. The commission said the victim was "sent to the hospital with major damage done to the left side of her face."

Texas: Transgender woman murdered in Tyler

TYLER, Texas -- Police detectives are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning.

The victim was 24-year-old Ty Underwood.

Investigators say she was found murdered early this morning on 24th Street in north Tyler.

"She was lovely, just a lovely person. Very real, down to earth person who didn't deserve this, did not deserve this at all," Underwood's roommate Coy Simmons said.

Three men sought in hate crime attack on West Hollywood man

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — Deputies sought the public’s help Tuesday in locating three men accused of committing what they called a hate crime that left a 31-year-old man bloodied and needing staples to his scalp.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the attack happened around 2 am Tuesday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.

The victim, Don Brooks, said he was walking home alone, after commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with friends when he became the victim of a hate crime.

Brazil: President seeks to make homophobia a hate crime

BRASILIA, Brazil -- Newly re-elected Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is looking to pass a law that makes homophobia a hate crime, despite Evangelical Christian leaders who are influential with the electorate and in the Congress opposing such a move.

The Brazilian law called the Maria da Penha makes violence against women a crime. President Rouseff has said she would like to create a similar law against homophobia.

Man pleads guilty to stabbing transgender teen in DC

WASHINGTON DC -- A Greenbelt man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to stabbing a 15-year-old transgender girl on the Metro in July.

Reginald Klaiber, 25, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the July 30 attack of the youth. Because prosecutors added a hate crime enhancement to the charge, Klaiber faces up to 15 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, Klaiber approached the teen in the Fort Totten station around 4:30 pm and began harassing her asking “Are you a boy, you’re a boy right?” He also asked her why she looked “like a woman.”

California: DA upgrades attack on trans woman to a hate crime

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- The District Attorney's Office has upgraded charges to a hate crime against a man accused of stabbing a transgender woman twice in the chest.

A transgender couple was out on a date late Saturday afternoon when they became the target of a man they said screamed anti-gay, anti-trans slurs at them. The man pulled out a knife and stabbed Samantha Hulsey, a 24-year-old transgender woman. Her partner, Rae Raucci, 52, was unhurt. Hulsey was hospitalized, where she was treated and later released.