Hate Crimes

FBI: Anti-gay hate crimes rise in latest figures

WASHINGTON – For the first time, crimes directed against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation are the second most frequent hate crime committed after crimes based on race, according to the 2011 Hate Crimes statistics released today by the FBI as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.

Surpassing crimes committed on the basis on religion, the number of reported hate crimes committed against gay men and lesbians increased from 1,277 in 2010 to 1,293 in 2011.

Family says Thanksgiving beating of lesbian was a "hate crime"

MOBILE, Ala. -- An Alabama man has been charged with second-degree assault for brutally beating a woman because she is in a relationship with his sister and he does not approve.

Travis Hawkins Jr., 18, was booked into Mobile, Ala., jail on Sunday after turning himself in to authorities for the Thanksgiving Day assault on 23-year-old Mallory Owens. Hawkins bonded out the same day.

Key West police make investigation of anti-gay hate crime top priority

KEY WEST, Fla. -- Police in this island resort city are labeling the beating of two men on November 10 an anti-gay hate crime and designated the investigation the department's top priority.

"The whole Police Department is focused on this," Mayor Craig Cates told reporters.

Two teens arrested in "robbery, homicide" of openly gay student

CHICAGO -- Two teens have been arrested in the murder of an openly gay high school senior in what police are ruling a “robbery-turned-fatal-shooting," while the victim's family are calling it an anti-gay hate

GOP campaign worker recants "gay bashing" story; now faces criminal charges

MADISON, Wis. -- A volunteer for a GOP candidate for U.S. Congress who claimed he was attacked because he is gay and Republican, has recanted his story and could now face criminal charges that include obstructing police and filing a false police report.

Vandalized, threatened gay couple find kindness, fresh start from LGBT community

AMARILLO, Texas -- A Texas gay couple say that the national media attention they received after finding “leave or die fags,” painted on their Clarendon, Texas home only made matters worse, until readers of an LGBTQ blog pitched in to give the couple a new start.

Grand jury charges four Texas teens with felony graffiti in anti-gay crime spree

FORT WORTH, Texas — A grand jury on Monday indicted four teens who stand accused of writing anti-gay slurs and other vulgar messages on vehicles and homes in an Arlington, Texas neighborhood earlier this year.

Tarrant County grand jurors returned the indictments of felonious graffiti causing $1,500 to $20,000 in damages against John Austin Cartwright, 17, Seth Stephen Hatcher, 18, and Morgen Rae Aubuchon, 18, all of Arlington. Daniel Damian Sibley, 18, of Fort Worth, was also indicted.

Nebraska lesbian who allegedly faked hate crime headed to trial

LINCOLN, Neb. — Lancaster County, Neb., District Court Judge Gale Pokorny on Thursday continued until Nov. 19 the case against a Nebraska woman charged with providing false information to police in connection to an alleged anti-gay hate crime that investigators now say was an elaborate hoax.

The case against Charlie Rogers, 33, stemmed from her allegedly filing a false report with Lincoln police on July 22 in which she claimed that three masked attackers invaded her home, painted homophobic slurs on the walls, and carved them into her skin, before attempting to set her house on fire.

Gay athletic director at prep school targeted in hate crimes

PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- The gay athletic director of Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School was targeted with two vandalism incidents that police in two local cities investigated as hate crimes.

On the morning of April 26, Mission Prep athletic director Bailey Brown went outside her home in Pismo Beach to discover her car spray-painted, her tires slashed and the vehicle’s body scratched throughout, according to Pismo Beach Police Department Lt. Steve Weir.

Federal appeals court: Hate Crimes Act stands, does not prohibit anti-gay speech

CINCINNATI, Ohio — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit brought by three Michigan pastors challenging the constitutionality of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled the Act — which imposes harsher punishments for individuals who commit violent acts on individuals due to their sexual orientation — was constitutional, and did not suppress anti-gay speech.