Hate Crimes

Four relatives sentenced for kidnapping, assaulting gay man

LONDON, Ky. — In the first case of its kind in the nation, four Eastern Kentucky relatives were sentenced in federal court Wednesday for their role in an attack on a gay Letcher County man in April 2011.

David Jason Jenkins, 39, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for kidnapping and beating Kevin Pennington. Anthony Jenkins, 22, a cousin to Jason Jenkins, was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove.

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Columbus, Ohio: Gay community rattled by three hate-crime reports | VIDEO

New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community may continue to be rattled after a series of alleged hate crimes. Now, however, a spate of incidents is making headlines in another state.

LGBT rights activist attacked in alleged anti-gay hate crime in NYC

A New York teen has been charged in an alleged attack on a local rights activist in what appears to be the latest in spate of disturbing assaults targeting the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

COMMENTARY: Why New York gay bashings mean America will better itself

In the last month I have had to double check whether or not I still live in New York, because the horrific headlines I have awoken to lately have been hard to reconcile with the image of the tolerant, open-minded mecca I have grown to love. Yet the heartbreaking stories of alleged hate crimes have been right here in the Big Apple, not in the deep South or Midwest or any other place where stereotypes dictating intolerance makes more sense. Not that intolerance ever makes any sense.

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COMMENTARY: Remembering Sakia Gunn, a homophobic murder that went largely unreported

This May 11 sadly marked the 10th anniversary of the murder of Sakia Gunn of Newark, N.J. And her murder is mired, at best, by myths and, at worst, malicious intent.

Depending, however, on the LGBTQ circles you run in and where you get your news, you may or may not know who she was. For many, Gunn was and still is a small blip on the gay and national news radar screen.

O.C. hate crimes fall; attacks based on sexual orientation rise

The number of reported hate crimes in Orange County fell by 21% last year, even though such crimes based on sexual orientation almost doubled, according to a report released Thursday.

The Orange County Human Relations Commission found that 61 hate crimes were reported to authorities in 2012, continuing a general downward trend since reported hate crimes peaked at 101 in 2006.

The most frequent target, the commission said, were blacks and people perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Reports of more anti-gay attacks in New York after thousands march for violence victims | VIDEO

Hours after thousands of local advocates, including GLAAD, marched through New York City's West Village in response to the recent series of alleged anti-LGBT attacks, and to mourn the murder of an openly gay man of color, more

Gay magazine editor viciously assaulted in South London

LONDON -- The editor of an online gay and lesbian magazine was attacked Saturday night in South London.

Christopher Bryant, editor of Polari magazine, and his partner Damon were walking home from Bryant’s birthday dinner through South London’s Betts Park when the couple was intercepted by a group of six men, who started speeding up and following the couple down the path.

Bryant told GSN that as soon as they started running, the men started running as well, and first caught his partner Damon.

He told GSN: "It all went down so fast."

Ex-Marine arrested in hate crime attack at Long Beach gay bar

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Marine accused in the beating of a man outside a Long Beach gay bar will be extradited from Illinois to face felony hate crime charges.

Second brother sentenced in gay bashing of entertainer Austin Head

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Justice has been served on two brothers who gay-bashed activist and entertainer Austin Head last year in Phoenix.

Head is also known as the “Glamour Boy of Phoenix” and is prominently featured in the “Positive Youth” documentary, which was shown May 31, 2012 during the 14th FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

The 28-year-old Head is also a candidate for the Phoenix City Council. The election will be in November.