Hate Crimes

N.Y. appeals court rejects hate crime conviction in transgender murder

New York's top court said prosecutors seeking to convict the killer of a transgender woman can press for a new trial after losing on Monday their appeal to reinstate his conviction and 25-year sentence for what they said was a hate crime.

Dwight DeLee, who was accused of shooting and killing Lateisha Green in Syracuse in 2008 while shouting homophobic slurs, was acquitted by a jury of simple manslaughter but convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime, which carries steeper penalties.

Seattle police investigate Capitol Hill attack on gay man

SEATTLE, Washington -- The Seattle Police Department is investigating an apparent attack and hate crime against a gay man on Capitol Hill.

Police say the victim told officers he was smoking a cigarette near the corner of Belmont Avenue and East Pike Street around 1:30 am Monday when three to four males walked up, called him a (expletive), then attacked him.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries to his head and face.

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Teen sentenced to 183 months in prison for anti-gay hate crime

SPRINGTOWN, Texas -- A Texas teenager who brutally assaulted a gay man he meet online has been sentenced to 183 months in prison for the crime.

Brice Johnson, 19, of Springtown in Parker County west of Fort Worth, Texas, was found guilty of kidnapping and assault. The federal court also ruled that Johnson's violence was motivated by the victim's sexual orientation.

Hate crime victim speaks out

VICTORVILLE, California -- Authorities say three young men yelling gay slurs beat up, stabbed and robbed a 34-year-old man in San Bernardino County late last month.

The San Bernardino County sheriff-coroner’s department says 22-year-old Robert Fraire of Victorville and a 17-year-old boy have been arrested in connection with the assault.

A warrant has been issued for the third suspect, identified by deputies as 23-year-old Ethan Walker of Victorville.

Suspect sets gay veteran on fire in hotel assault

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A suspect is being held by police after an aggravated assault in the early morning hours of Nov. 9 in a downtown hotel. Police say the suspect intended to kill a gay military veteran he met at a local gay bar.

The victim, Stephen Patrick White, 46, of Greensboro, is in critical condition at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He has reportedly suffered burns over 52% of his body after the suspect, Garry Joseph Gupton, 26, of Greensboro, attacked White and set him on fire.

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.

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