Police: Salt Lake City man sexually assaulted lesbian

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ABOVE: Adam Quinn Atwood, photo via Salt Lake County police.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | The Salt Lake City Police Department launched an investigation March 26 into a possible hate crime after a man was arrested on multiple sexual misconduct charges.

Adam Quinn Atwood, 34, was accused of sexually assaulting a lesbian, who said he told her he would “fix the gay,” the Deseret News reported.

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Man convicted in killings of 2 gay men, transgender woman

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ABOVE: Devon Robinson’s undated booking photo via the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

DETROIT (AP) | A 19-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity last year following a house party.

A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson on Tuesday of first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm in the killings of 21-year-old Alunte Davis, and 20-year-olds Timothy Blancher and Paris Cameron, The Detroit News reported.

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Washington judge sets bail at $750K in transgender teen’s death

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – A judge set bail Jan. 2 at $750,000 for a man charged with a hate crime in the death of a transgender teenager.

Prosecutors had asked Clark County Judge David Gregerson to order no bail, or a minimum $6 million bail, for David Bogdanov, of Vancouver, but the judge said the lower amount was appropriate because Bogdanov has no prior criminal history.

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Dallas men plead guilty to using Grindr to target gay men for hate crimes

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ABOVE: Pablo Ceniceros-Deleon (L) and Daryl Henry, photos courtesy of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Two men in Dallas have pled guilty to a hate crime and other charges for using Grindr to commit violence against gay men and rob them by forcing them at gunpoint to withdraw money at ATMs, the U.S. Justice Department announced Friday.

Daryl Henry, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking.

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Boston man charged with assault, hate crime after attacking gay man with shovel, box cutter

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BOSTON (AP) | A Massachusetts man accused of striking another man with a shovel, attacking him with a box cutter and calling him anti-gay slurs has been arrested on charges of assault and committing a hate crime, Boston police said.

Boston police officers responded to reports of an assault around noon on Dec. 3 and found a man bleeding from the head.

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Florida lawmakers file bills to expand hate crime law for 2020

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ABOVE: State Rep. Joe Geller (L), who filed HB 655, and state Sen. Kevin Radar, who filed SB 940, hope to expand Florida’s hate crime law in 2020.

Lawmakers in both the Florida House and Senate filed joint bills this month ahead of the state’s 2020 Legislative session that would expand Florida’s current hate crime laws to include gender, gender identity and physical disability. The bills would also add “association with” and “mixed motive” hate crimes to the current law.

Senate Bill (SB) 940, called the Crimes Evidencing Prejudice bill, was filed by state Sen. Kevin Radar (D-Boca Raton) on Nov. 14 and House Bill (HB) 655, called the Offenses Evidencing Prejudice bill, was filed by state Rep. Joseph Geller (D-Miami/Dade) with Rep. Rick Stark (D-Weston) and Rep. Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) on Nov. 15.

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Jacksonville transgender woman fighting for her life after attack

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ABOVE: Suspect Eric Shaun Bridges was arrested Sept. 29 in Jacksonville. (Photo from JSO)

Police are investigating a possible anti-transgender hate crime in Jacksonville on Sept. 27 involving the victim being beaten, tied to a minivan and dragged for two blocks.

According to News 4 Jax, though the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying the victim as a man, multiple sources say she is a transgender woman. She sustained life-threatening injuries and there is no information available on her current status.

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Police: Shooting of Dallas transgender woman was hate crime

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DALLAS (AP) | Police in Dallas say a transgender woman was seriously wounded after being shot multiple times and are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

Investigators say a man driving a pickup pulled alongside the woman late Friday, yelled slurs about her gender identity and fired several times, striking her in the chest and arm.

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South Carolina man held in transgender woman’s killing

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) | Police in South Carolina say a man has turned himself in to face a murder charge for the killing of a transgender woman.

The Post and Courier of Charleston is reporting that 34-year-old Dominick Archield is being held in the Charleston County jail.

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Matthew Shepard Foundation, MillerCoors, Metro partner for training

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ABOVE: The “Stay Proud, Be Loud Happy Hour” roundtable discussion at Orlando’s Parliament House June 5, 2018. Photo courtesy MillerCoors.

TAMPA | The Matthew Shepard Foundation, MillerCoors and Metro Inclusive Health will hold a “Stay Proud, Be Loud Happy Hour” at American Social Tampa Aug. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., an educational gathering designed to detail the importance of reporting hate crimes.

“Stay Proud, Be Loud” is a nationwide program that educates participants on ways to keep the LGBTQ community safe. It was launched in 2016 by the Matthew Shepard Foundation—dedicated to replacing hate with compassion—and brewery MillerCoors, longtime partners who connect with organizations like Metro Inclusive Health to provide local resources to area attendees.

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NYPD investigating defaced Megan Rapinoe posters as possible hate crime

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Megan Rapinoe at the World Cup. Photo courtesy Rapinoe’s Facebook page.

The New York Police Department is investigating vandalism of Megan Rapinoe World Cup posters as a possible hate crime.

CNN reports that eight posters featuring Rapinoe in her U.S. Women’s National Team jersey were discovered on Monday to be vandalized at the Bryant Park subway station in New York City. The vandalized posters had “homophobic and defamatory slurs along with the phrase ‘Screw this ho.’” One poster also called Rapinoe a “shemale.”

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Man convicted of hate crime for threatening to kill gay man

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ABOVE: Scott Wayne Smith’s booking photo from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) | A 47-year-old man has been convicted of the hate crime of second-degree intimidation for threatening to kill a gay man in southwest Portland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Scott Wayne Smith changed his plea on April 2 to no contest as his trial was scheduled to start.

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