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Conference in Berlin Focuses on Rising Anti-Semitism

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I was a member of a "rainbow" delegation of U.S.-advocacy organizations that came to the conference to emphasize, by our example and our words, that the battle against European anti-Semitism is everyone's fight, not simply a Jewish one. It is also a battle that we, as Americans, cannot ignore.

Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

When children are singled out because of a shared characteristic --such as race, sexual orientation, or religion -- or a perceived shared characteristic, the issue not only affects that individual but the entire community.

If Not Now, When?

Ron Kronish | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The Tag Meir Forum -- which includes Jewish, interreligious and Arab-Jewish groups -- has become an important voice for moderation and peaceful coexistence in Israel in recent years, a voice that is not heard loudly or broadly enough in our society lately.

Student Punched In The Face For Kissing His Boyfriend Gets The Last Word

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices

Late last week, a stranger punched Cole Ledford in the face for kissing his boyfriend on the sidewalk. But the Ohio State University junior has a mess...

Parents Charged With Hate Crimes for Giving Rocks to Charlie Brown on Halloween

Spencer Green | Posted 10.22.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Dozens of parents in a local town were arrested and charged with hate crimes for giving rocks as "treats" to a boy named Charlie Brown on Halloween night.

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Christopher Argyros | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Argyros

Over the past two weeks, community members in L.A. have held a vigils to mourn the death and celebrate the life of Aniya Parker. The murder of Ms. Parker marked the eighth homicide of a transgender woman of color reported in the U.S. since June. She was shot in the head and killed as she was fleeing from three men who had confronted her on a sidewalk in Hollywood.

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

Police Release Video Of Suspects In Hate Crime Attack On Transgender Woman

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Crime

New York City police released footage Wednesday showing two of four suspects accused of beating a transgender woman unconscious on the street. The ...

Attackers Steal Teen's Phone, Text 'I'm Gay' To His Mom

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices

A 16-year-old Seattle teen was allegedly robbed of his phone by a former schoolmate and three others, who then used it to text "I'm gay" to his mother...

Pennsylvania Needs a Hate Crimes Law

Walter G. Meyer | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Walter G. Meyer

Any assault of this severity is terrible, but when it is motivated solely because of someone's status it becomes especially abhorrent.

Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 10.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

3 Men Arrested In Anti-Gay Shooting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Editor's note: This victim in this story has been described in reports as a "man dressed as a woman." As we are unsure if this is correct or if the vi...

NYPD Bungled Hate Crimes Reporting

Matt Sledge | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The NYPD has repeatedly misreported the number of hate crimes incidents it investigates, a state comptroller's audit released Thursday fou...

Philadelphia's Recent Flash Mob Gay Bashing

Thom Nickels | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Thom Nickels

Anti-gay prejudice used to be called the last acceptable prejudice, but that has changed. Despite societal advances, many still believe that being gay is a major sin. Although one can believe this and still be respectful of gays as persons, the concept can become twisted.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

Gay Activist In 'Serious' Condition After Being Beaten Ahead Of City's Event

AP | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten i...

Alejandra Leos and the Plight of Transwomen of Color

Julia Meszaros | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julia Meszaros

Transwomen of color face the most violence out of any transgender population, and also face the most forms of discrimination within larger society. While Laverne Cox and other transwomen of color are gaining public recognition within the media, the lives of these women remain precarious and potentially dangerous.

Is Beard Cutting a Hate Crime?

Donald Kraybill | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Donald Kraybill

Did Congress intend for the hate crimes statute to cover religiously motivated violence within a religious group? Does beard cutting, as temporary disfigurement, qualify as a form of bodily injury for a hate crime victim?

Lila Shapiro

'These Murders Are A Steady Drumbeat'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been wa...

Life After 'L Word Mississippi': The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Brandiilyne Dear | Posted 10.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Brandiilyne Dear

Since the premiere of L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, Susan and I have been flooded with positive messages and encouragement. We have been swaddled in what seemed to be a warm comforting safety blanket... until seven days later.

Man Shot After Reporting Cross Burning In Yard

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff says a man was beaten and shot two weeks after calling authorities to report a cross burning in his yard...

Here's How You Can Fight Anti-Semitic Hate Speech Online

Religion News Service | Lugi Serenelli | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (RNS) It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she...

Against All Odds: From Iraq to Silicon Valley

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 10.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.