UK sees 81 percent rise in transphobic hate crimes

By : Alex Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA
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Hate crimes against transgender people in England, Scotland and Wales have risen 81%, the BBC reported last week.

The news service obtained the data from 36 out of 44 police departments throughout Great Britain. The data showed an increase to 1,944 reported hate crimes based on gender identity compared to 1,073 in 2016-2017.

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02.21.2019 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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The weekend before the midterms last November, Equality Florida held its Greater Orlando Gala at the Orlando Museum of Art. I have had the privilege of attending this annual event over the last several years and it is always a who’s who of the LGBTQ community throughout the state.

This event was extra special because of a certain celebrity who was attending, recording artist and star of the series “Empire,” Jussie Smollett. I have been a huge fan since I first saw him on the show and was excited and nervous when I got the opportunity to meet and chat with him.

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UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

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LONDON (AP) – British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.

New guidelines issued Aug. 21 outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, the guidance for the first time recognizes hate crimes against bisexuals as distinct from homophobic or transphobic attacks.

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Rep. Maloney introduces data collection bill on anti-LGBT violence

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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Amid observances of the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) reintroduced legislation on Tuesday aimed at improving data collection on violence and suicide among LGBT people.

The legislation, known as the PRIDE Act to Combat Violence, was first introduced last year in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre and would authorize $25 million for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to collect information on the LGBT status of deceased individuals through the National Violent Death Reporting System.

During a news conference on Capitol Hill announcing the introduction of the legislation, Maloney, a gay lawmaker who’s a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said the measure was needed “so that we know who’s been made a victim because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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The Harvey Milk Festival brings art, dance and music together to remember those lost to hate crimes

By : Krista Di Tucci
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SARASOTA – The Harvey Milk Festival opens its eighth season in Sarasota May 11 with a transgender media art exhibit inspired by a quote from the slain LGBTQ civil rights icon for whom the festival is named.

“Hope Will Never Be Silent,” Milk said after becoming the first openly gay person elected to public office when he was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors in 1978.

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Mariela Castro: Marriage does not stop hate crimes

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Saturday said hate crimes remain a problem in countries that have extended marriage rights to same-sex couples.

EFE reported Mariela Castro, who directs Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education that is known by the Spanish acronym CENESEX, made the comments in the Mexican city of Guadalajara after organizers of a film festival honored her for her work to promote LGBT-specific issues on the Communist island. The Spanish news agency said hate crimes were among the topics about which she specifically spoke.

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Anti-LGBT hate crimes in D.C. up 59% in 2016

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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The number of anti-LGBT hate crimes in the District of Columbia increased last year by 59 percent, from 37 cases reported in 2015 to 59 reported in 2016, according to the city’s annual bias-related crime report.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Acting D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, who released the report at a news conference on Friday, reiterated the city’s commitment to combat hate crimes against each of the eight categories of bias that the report monitors each year.

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Hate crimes are stain on America’s ‘soul,’ says Attorney General

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STERLING, Virginia (AP) – Hate crimes tear at the fabric of American communities and represent a stain on the country’s soul, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a mosque and Muslim community center on Monday.

Lynch spoke at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center as law enforcement across the country confronts a spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims.

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With hate crimes on the rise, victims are choosing to stand up against their bullies

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Tampa Bay – Fears of a rise in hate crimes in the wake of Donald Trump being chosen the 45th President of the United States have unfortunately turned into a reality. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported more than 700 hateful incidents in the first seven days after the election.

Of the incidents reported, anti-LGBTQ harassment was the third most common behind anti-immigrant and anti-black attacks. Florida reported the seventh most incidents among all states.

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Florida sees a bump in hate crimes

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Tallahassee – Hate crimes are on the rise in the Sunshine State.

According to a report released by the Florida Attorney General, hate crimes increased 22.3% in 2012, totalling 170 for the year. More than half of the crimes were motivated by race, but anti-gay attacks are the second most common type of hate crime, accounting for 28.8 percent.

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