NY man charged with hate crime attack on transgender women

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NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a man hurled slurs and blows at two transgender women on a New York City street, sending one to a hospital in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

Court records show Patrick O’Meara was being held on $5,000 bond after being arraigned March 18 on hate-crime assault and other charges. A message left for the Legal Aid Society, shown as having represented the Oakdale man, wasn’t immediately returned.

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Lesbian convicted of anti-gay hate crime returned to jail

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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A 23-year-old lesbian, who along with her twin brother completed a one-year jail term last year for severely beating a gay man in an anti-gay attack, was returned to jail on Tuesday by a D.C. Superior Court judge for violating the terms of her probation.

Judge Patricia A. Broderick revoked probation for Christina Lucas during a Feb. 28 show-cause hearing on grounds that Lucas’ arrest on Sept. 17, 2016 on charges of obstruction of justice and resisting arrest — and her subsequent guilty plea on the resisting arrest charge — violated the terms of her probation.

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Arrest made in Key West hate crime, gay-bashing attack

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Police arrested a North Carolina man accused of committing a hate crime against a gay couple in Key West.

The Miami Herald reports that Brandon Ray Davis, 30, was taken into custody by the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office in Richlands, N.C., Davis’ hometown, March 1.

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Trump supporters assault D.C. gay man: report

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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A gay man told D.C. police he was repeatedly hit in the face and head by objects thrown by four men while he was walking his dog near Logan Circle on Feb. 1 and one of the attackers shouted, “This is what a Trump America looks like, faggot!”

A police report, which lists the incident as an anti-gay hate crime, says Logan Circle resident Robert Richard Brice Kohler told police the incident began about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 while he walked his dog in front of a large row house at 1334 Vermont Ave., N.W.

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Idaho man charged with federal hate crime in fatal beating

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kelly-schneiderBOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho man has been charged with a federal hate crime after prosecutors said he lured a gay man to a remote location and then beat him to death.

Kelly Schneider, 23, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this month, but the case was kept under seal until he was taken into federal custody, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said in a prepared statement. Schneider was arraigned Jan. 24.

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Oklahoma man arrested on hate crime charge after store incident

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A 31-year-old Tulsa man has been arrested on a hate crime charge in connection to an assault on a Hispanic man that involved racial and homophobic slurs.

The Tulsa World reports Joshua Price was arrested Dec. 19. Price was charged in September for the alleged assault.

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Webster University investigation of racist, homophobic fliers continues

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. (AP) – Officials at Webster University in suburban St. Louis say they have narrowed in on students responsible for more than 100 racist and homophobic fliers last week outside a black student’s dorm room.

University officials believe a small group of students created the fliers. They also believe the content of the fliers could constitute a hate crime. The incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

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3 charged in hatchet attack on transgender woman in North Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Charlotte police say they’ve charged three people in a hatchet attack on a transgender woman.

Ralayzia Taylor tells local media she was attacked Nov. 7 in a park. She thinks the group wanted to rob her and intensified their attack after they realized she’s transgender.

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Gay candidate calls vandalism of Iowa home a hate crime

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An openly gay candidate for Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is calling vandalism to his house a hate crime.

Candidate Christopher Schwartz told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that anti-gay messages were painted on campaign signs in his yard and the door of his house. The message on his door reads “Lev 20:13,” which likely is a reference to a Bible verse that condemns homosexuality.

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FBI won’t pursue hate crime charges in scalding assault on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – The FBI has decided not to pursue hate crime charges against a Georgia man found guilty of throwing scalding water on a sleeping gay couple.

Martin Blackwell was sentenced to 40 years in prison this week for aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

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Georgia man gets 40 years for pouring scalding water on gay couple

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ATLANTA (AP) – A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Aug. 24 for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault in the February attack on Anthony Gooden and Marquez Tolbert.

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Utah hate crimes law too broad to charge anti-LGBT assaults harshly

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A Utah prosecutor said he can’t file anything tougher than misdemeanor assault charges this week against two Wyoming men accused of attacking two gay Salt Lake City men because the state’s hate crimes law is too broadly written and needs to be strengthened to include LGBT protections.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said July 21 that he didn’t file misdemeanor assault charges until July 20 in the 2014 attack because his office spent a lot of time trying to see if federal prosecutors could build a case against the men, or if his office could charge the duo under Utah’s hate crimes law, which he calls vague.

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