New Zealand lawmakers apologize for 100s of gay convictions

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand lawmakers unanimously apologized July 6 for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

Parliament took the rare step of issuing a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the antiquated laws. Lawmakers also approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean, legislation that comes four years after the South Pacific nation legalized same-sex marriage.

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Gay ex-mayor pleads guilty in meth-for-sex case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge startled onlookers on Monday when she ordered the gay former mayor of Fairfax City, R. Scott Silverthorne, held in jail while he awaits sentencing in June after he pled guilty to one count of distributing methamphetamine.

Silverthorne was arrested last August in a police sting operation after he provided methamphetamine to an undercover detective posing as a willing sex partner in exchange for what he thought would be permission to participate in an orgy with other men at a hotel in Tysons Corner, Va.

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Navy seaman arrested in transgender stabbing murder

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Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) – A Navy seaman in training has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the weekend stabbing death of a transgender woman.

The Sun-Herald reports that the suspect is Dwanya Hickerson, 20, of New Orleans.

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Philadelphia man admits to murder of transgender woman

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Philadelphia (AP) – A Philadelphia man has admitted to the stabbing death of a transgender person last year and will spend 22 to 44 years in prison.

WPVI-TV reports that 32-year-old Raheam Felton pleaded guilty June 14 to third-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime. He apologized for his crimes.

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Gay Utah businessman allegedly killed by house fire husband started

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Salt Lake City (AP) – The estranged husband of a well-known Salt Lake City LGBT pioneer and restaurateur who died in a house fire was charged June 8 with aggravated murder and arson.

Prosecutors said they believe Craig Crawford purposely started the fire to kill his husband, John Williams.

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Massachusetts man pleads not guilty to elaborate theft from gay victims

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Boston (AP) – A Norwood, Mass. man charged with drugging gay men so he could steal from them has pleaded not guilty.

Riccardo D’Orsainville had his bail lowered to $100,000 June 8 at his arraignment on charges including kidnapping, poisoning and larceny.

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HIV-positive man who raped boys to be sentenced

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Carlisle, Pa. (AP) – An HIV-positive Pennsylvania man who admitted he raped a 6-year-old boy at his home while another man recorded it faces up to 60 years in prison.

Ira Task is due to be sentenced in Cumberland County June 13.

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Russian crime gangs blackmail, extort gay men

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St. Petersburg, Russia (AP) – Criminal gangs in Russia, operating through gay dating sites, have found a lucrative new blackmail target: gay men.

A St. Petersburg economist, one of their latest victims, said several men burst into the apartment where he was meeting his date. Claiming that his date was under age, they threatened to call the police and to release a video they had secretly filmed unless he paid up.

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Florida man allegedly threatens Uber driver with HIV syringe

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Boca Raton, Fla. (AP) – Police in Florida say a man got into an Uber driver’s car, pulled out a syringe and threatened to inject him with HIV if he didn’t drive away.

A Boca Raton police report says Sebastian Lora was waiting for a passenger outside a 7-Eleven when 30-year-old Matthew Steven Francis got into the car and ordered him to drive.

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One wounded in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Police say a bystander was shot at a gay pride event in San Francisco’s Civic Center when an argument between several men turned violent, but the argument was not tied to the event.

Officer Carlos Manfredi says several people were detained for questioning after the shooting occurred around 6 p.m. on June 25.

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Lesbian couple accuse Florida officer of sexual abuse

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Hialeah, Fla. – A lesbian couple accused a Hialeah, Fla. officer of sexual abuse after one of them was detained over a routine traffic stop June 13.

The couple, who have asked not to be identified, told Miami news station WSVN they made a U-Turn by a police substation and were pulled over by Sgt. Jesus Menocal, Jr.

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Suspect charged with attempted murder after subway shove

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NEW YORK (AP) – A man accused of pushing a transgender woman onto the New York City subway tracks has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and attempted assault.

Thirty-two-year-old Rolan Reid is being held without bail after a brief court appearance June 16. Authorities say the 28-year-old woman was pushed on June 1 as she stood on the southbound platform at the Bleecker Street station in Greenwich Village.

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