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The "Tragic" Humanity of Black Trans Women

Raquel Willis | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Raquel Willis

When I was forced to stop looking at my identities as if they exist in a vacuum, I realized that being a black trans woman is a major risk and accepting myself would be just the first battle with a society obsessed with compartmentalization.

A Young Man Was Allegedly Beaten for Being Gay and Mississippi Doesn't Think It's a Hate Crime

Benjamin O'Keefe | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin O'Keefe

Faggot. It's unfortunately a word that most gay men have had thrown at them at some point in their life. It's a word that Devin Norman heard yelled at him in a grocery store parking lot this weekend before he was allegedly brutally beaten for being a gay man in Mississippi.

Memories of Selma - All of Them

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Many Jews fought side-by-side with Blacks during the civil rights movement. In Washington, when Dr. King reminded us that every child should be judged by the content of their character in his "I Have a Dream" speech, it was Rabbi Joachim Prinz who preceded him on the podium.

African-American Man Hanging From Tree Sparks Concern and Caution

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Brian Levin, J.D.

The tragic discovery of a missing African-American man's body hanging from a tree in rural Claiborne County, Mississippi is now being investigated by both state and federal authorities.

Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.12.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Four hundred years or more from now, could the narrative be changed? Could the swastika become a symbol of victory over persecution and genocide?

Hundreds Convene at Seattle Church to Discuss Hate Crimes

Sarah Toce | Posted 03.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Hundreds of concerned citizens convened for more than two hours on Capitol Hill at the All Pilgrims Church Tuesday evening for the LGBTQ Hate Crimes Public Forum, sponsored largely by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

When Visibility is not Enough

Kris Hayashi | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Kris Hayashi

Failure to adequately protect transgender students means that transgender people and their families often face hostile, unsafe, or unwelcoming school environments. Harassment and violence make it difficult for transgender students to obtain the skills and education they need to succeed.

Suspected Hate Crime At Jerusalem Seminary

AP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli police say a fire has damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem in what they suspect is a hate crime. Police spokesma...

Man Accused Of Torching Islamic Center Allegedly Said 'They Got What They Deserved'

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 02.18.2015 | Crime

A homeless Texas man accused of setting fire to an Islamic center in Houston may have done so because he "hated Muslims." At a probable cause heari...

Why the Chapel Hill Shooting Was More Hate Crime Than 'Parking Dispute'

Erik Ose | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

There is much to suggest these three students weren't killed solely over a parking space. This heinous act looks more like a hate crime.

Why Are Hate Crimes So Difficult to Prosecute?

Kami Chavis Simmons | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Kami Chavis Simmons

Aside from the arguments about the merits of hate-crime statutes, these crimes are notoriously difficult to prosecute because of the high burden prosecutors face when proving that the defendant's bias indeed motivated the crime.

That Time a Famous Stranger Publicly Accused Me of Being a Terrorist -- and When My Mom Feared for My Life

Atif Choudhury | Posted 02.16.2015 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's not every day a complete stranger publicly calls you a terrorist. A terrorist propagandist, to be precise. Nor is it every day that the stranger happens to actually be someone famous--or infamous depending on who you ask.

Stop Arguing With Guns: The Importance of Knowing When to Back Down

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The fact that someone has a propensity to behave violently doesn't ipso facto mean that they would ever express this anger by using a gun. But there is no other form of personal behavior that is as dangerous and costly as pulling a trigger at yourself or someone else. Wouldn't it be much easier to just get rid of the guns?

Hate Crime Prosecutions Rare In North Carolina

AP | Posted 02.17.2015 | Crime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Relatives of the three Muslim college students killed in North Carolina are pressing for hate crime charges against the alleged...

Killing of Muslims at Chapel Hill Used by Inside Edition to Set Up Segment on Parking

Negar Mojtahedi | Posted 02.13.2015 | Media
Negar Mojtahedi

Equating the deaths of three young students to trying to find a parking spot faster at the mall is simply tasteless. Would Inside Edition have presented the story in this manner if the roles were reversed?

FBI Opens Investigation As Chapel Hill Victims Are Mourned

Reuters | Colleen Jenkins | Posted 02.13.2015 | Crime

(Adds statement by FBI on separate inquiry in paragraph 4, background on Erdogan in paragraph 7) By Colleen Jenkins WIN...

Matt Sledge

Father Of Slain Muslim Sisters Calls For Federal Hate Crime Probe | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

RALEIGH, North Carolina -- The father of two Muslim sisters killed in a triple murder by an atheist with an intense dislike of all religion told a mas...

Gabriel Arana

News Organizations Stop Short Of Calling Chapel Hill Shooting A 'Hate Crime' | Gabriel Arana | Posted 02.12.2015 | Media

Since news broke of the Tuesday shooting of three Muslims -- a young husband and wife and the wife’s sister -- in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the m...

Why Atheists Like Me Grieve for the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Atheism is not a belief system or a doctrine. It is simply a rejection of irrational beliefs. Those who treat it as anything more, as Craig Stephen Hicks may have, should be condemned by all -- no excuses.

What Causes Genocide? A Perspective on Anti-Semitism at UC Davis

Anthony Berteaux | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Anthony Berteaux

While it's true that the grotesque anti-Semitic stereotyping of Jews started the genocide of the Jewish people, Jewish college students today face a new type of anti-Semitism, however as we can see, it has evolved with time.

Native-American Kids Doused With Beer at SD Hockey Game

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The cartoon by Ricardo Cate' is worth more than the proverbial thousand words I will offer in this post. Cate' is from Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mex...

Trans Women of Color Lives Matter

Sharon Stapel | Posted 02.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Sharon Stapel

In 2015, we are seeing a disturbing uptick in this trend. We have already seen three homicides of trans women of color in January alone. If we are going to act to prevent one more trans woman of color from losing her life, we must act now.

Why I Won't Be Watching American Sniper

Tami Shaikh | Posted 03.28.2015 | Media
Tami Shaikh

I am an American Muslim. This is my identity, but it's very difficult for me to say it out loud these days. I know it's wrong of me and I constantly get lectured by my other Muslim friends about how I should take pride in my identity and who I am, yet my heart still struggles with it.

A Straight Dad of Twin Baby Boys Explains Why We Should All Support LGBT Rights

Robert Cordero | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Robert Cordero

As a father and a leader serving my community, I need to continue to step up in alliance with other far more courageous LGBT leaders and community folks to ensure that we are creating a just society.

Violence Against Police Should Not Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the White House and Congress asking that "bias attacks" against police be prosecuted more harshly through hate crime laws.