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I Was Attacked For Being Gay

Richie Covington | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Richie Covington

I always thought hate crimes were much more serious, but I found out later that my state's hate crime laws do not apply to crimes committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In Alabama? Go figure.

Maryland Man Believes Christmas Attack Was An Anti-Gay Hate Crime

Posted 01.03.2013 | Gay Voices

A number of Maryland lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates have rallied in support of a local gay man allegedly attacked on C...

Saki Knafo

Deadly Hate Crimes Against The Homeless Are On The Rise: Report | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.08.2013 | Crime

In Seattle last September, a young man shot four homeless people, killing one. A few months earlier, In Kittanning, Penn., authorities reported that t...

FBI Report Shows Six Percent Decline in US Hate Crimes, But State Data Flawed

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

Today's annual numbers are the lowest reported since 1994 and are among the smallest since the FBI began collecting national data pursuant to the Hate Crime Statistics Act in the early 1990s.

Alabama Woman Suffers Multiple Skull Fractures After Alleged Anti-Gay Attack

Posted 11.28.2012 | Gay Voices

Update on November 28 at 11:19am ET: Mallory Owens claims the attack was not based on her sexuality. For the full story, click here. An Alabama wom...

Dozens Of Texas White Supremacists Arrested; These Three Still At Large

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK | Posted 11.09.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON -- Four top leaders of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are among nearly three dozen alleged gang members charged in a sweepin...

Lila Shapiro

Acquittal In Kentucky Throws Fuel On Hate Crime Debate | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.26.2012 | Gay Voices

Over the past 10 years, as gay rights advocates have pushed the government to take steps to protect gay people from hate crimes, those arguing for and...

Beloved NYC Gay Activist Taken Off Life Support After Assault

Posted 10.26.2012 | Gay Voices

A prominent New York lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocate has been taken off life support after being brutally attacked over ...

Punitive Psychiatry Making a Comeback in Russia?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 12.24.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

By now, it seems that everyone has heard of the Russian female punk collective Pussy Riot. Yet the band's prosecution is but an episode in Russia's ongoing misuse of antiextremism laws directed against dissenting voices.

Gay Inmate Sues Jail Because Cell Mate Bit Off His Nose

AP | BRUCE SCHREINER | Posted 10.17.2012 | Crime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An incarcerated gay man sued a southern Kentucky jail and a fellow inmate Tuesday, claiming the prisoner bit off part of his nose a...

Alleged McDonald's Bias Attack Slasher: 'I'm Not A Hater'

DNAinfo | Posted 09.26.2012 | New York

MORRISANIA — A Bronx man charged with a hate crime after he allegedly sliced a man's face outside a West Third Street McDonald's last week in an epi...

Jewish High Holidays: Time To Reflect And Stop Hate Crimes In America

Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D. | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Ph.D.

It is appropriate that during this time the U.S. Senate will address ways in which all communities can flourish in America. In light of the recent and horrific hate violence, it is in solidarity that I welcome the U.S. Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism.

Jewish Student Claims His Attack Was A Hate Crime, Many Others Disagree

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.25.2012 | College

A Jewish college student who claimed he was attacked by skinheads who saluted Hitler was not the victim of a hate crime, according to a county prosecu...

Police Say Vicious Attack On Student Not Likely Hate Crime

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 11.10.2012 | College

DETROIT — A Michigan State University student said he was attacked at an off-campus party by two men who asked if he was Jewish, and when he sai...

Police Say Vicious Attack On Student Not Likely Hate Crime

AP | By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 11.10.2012 | College

DETROIT -- A Michigan State University student said he was attacked at an off-campus party by two men who asked if he was Jewish, and when he said he ...

Virgin Mary Statue Beheaded; Owner Calls It A Hate Crime

Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.06.2012 | Weird News

Usually, gnome news is good news, but it's terrible for Darlene Fraga -- and her Virgin Mary statue. Vandals snuck on to Fraga's property in Windso...

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Anti-Gay Hate Crime On Gas Station Customer

Posted 08.30.2012 | Gay Voices

A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to a brutal attack on a gas station customer he believed was gay. The Detroit Free Press reports that Everett Dw...

Police: Religion Didn't Prompt Student's Assault

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 08.29.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- A Michigan State University student's Jewish religion was not a factor in an assault at an off-campus party, police said Wednesday, a day a...

Caller Says Bacon Was For Raccoons, Not A Hate Crime

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.22.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — A New York City newspaper says it received an anonymous call from a person claiming to have discarded spoiled bacon in a park where Musli...

Police Investigating Bacon Bits At Ramadan Service

AP | Posted 10.20.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Muslims gathering to celebrate the end of Ramadan at a New York City park found uncooked bacon scattered there, and police are invest...

Traumatic Events, Community and Culture: Media Mental Health Coverage of Sikh Temple Terror and Joplin Mosque Has Fallen Short

Sheela Raja, PhD | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Sheela Raja, PhD

Purely psychological answers are not enough to promote long-term recovery in communities after hate crimes. The media needs to talk about the role of education, advocacy and activism as ways that communities can heal after traumatic events that involve hate.

When Hate and Extremism Veer Left It Should Be Condemned, Too

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The first step to undertake in an event such as this is to determine in an unbiased manner whether the incident falls under the objective definitions promulgated with regard to hate crime and terrorism, irrespective of how the crimes are eventually charged.

Montana Man Admits Anti-Gay Attack Was A Hoax

Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A Montana man has pleaded guilty to filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of an anti-gay attack. The Missoula Independent report...

For Sikhs, A Certain Inevitably With Wisconsin Tragedy

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Jasmeet Sidhu

When the news came early Sunday morning, horror from the tragedy intermingled with resigned defeat among many Sikhs -- that a decade's worth of education could not stave off another tragedy.

May Freedom Ring, Even on This Sad Day

Marianne Williamson | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

By attacking those whose religious orientation is not the majority, he was attacking one of the fundamentals of our liberty: freedom of religion.