#HateCrime

Welsh Man Assaulted for "Looking Gay"

Why can't people just... not attack people randomly? Unfortunately we don't live in such a world. Twenty-two-year-old Jack Gunter was attacked on October 13th after a night out with his friends, according to BBC. This is not the first time someone has written about an unprovoked attack on a gay man, as Instinct writer Randy Slovacek has written about a man who attacked two gay men in Brooklyn in his article Police Looking For Attacker In Alleged Brooklyn Hate Crime and my follow up article Suspect in Brooklyn Hate Crime Turns Himself In.

The attack happened outside of a chip shop in Bridgend, Wales, where Gunter had slurs such as "f***ot" thrown at him from people across the street and was punched to the ground and kicked in the face. He describes this attack as the most abusive homophobic attack he had suffered since he came out at thirteen. He doesn't know why the attackers assaulted him, but he speculates that it's because they thought he "looked gay." This horrible experience has Gunter so bothered that he no longer goes out with his friends.

These attacks will keep happening unless people become educated on LGBTQ topics and issues. Students in Wales have been taking matters into their own hands by creating the group Digon, that teaches other students about the consequences and impact of homophobic bullying. This is definitely a good thing, as many people don't understand just how horrible homophobia can be as they don't have to worry about it. Hopefully homophobic bullying and, by extension, all bullying will stop or at least decrease in frequency. For now, the best we can do is educate.


h/t: BBC

Twenty Years After His Death, Matthew Shepard Will Be Laid to Rest in the National Cathedral

Twenty years ago this week, Matthew Shepard was beaten, burned and left for dead in Laramie, Wyoming. He died five days later. Now, as reported by the NYT, his ashes are being laid to rest at the National Cathedral in Northwest Washington, D.C..

21 at the time of his death, Shepard was a political science major at the University of Wyoming Police when two 21-year-old men tortured him and tied him to a fence. The men were charged with murder, police at the time said it was motivated by robbery, though Shepard was singled out because he was gay.

Shepard’s death stirred nationwide and resulted in a federal law that made it a federal crime to assault someone because of his or her gender identity or sexual orientation. Shepard’s family and LGBTQ+ rights supporters around the globe have spread his legacy over two decades.

Shepard was cremated. His family didn’t want to bury him in Wyoming fearing it would become a pilgrimage site or be vandalized. Now, they are laying him to rest at the National Cathedral.

The Cathedral has long been supportive of LGBTQ+ people in the church. The official website says the Cathedral “considers LGBT equality the great civil rights issue of church in the 21st century”, and it hosted its first same-sex wedding in 2010.

The ceremony will be presided over by Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

About 200 people have been interred in the Cathedral in the past century, including President Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and U.S. Navy Admiral George Dewey.

"We're comforted to know he will be among other Americans who have done so much for our country," Shepard’s parents said. "This is incredibly meaningful for our family and for everyone who has known him.”

For more: The Matthew Shepard Foundation

h/t: CNN, NYT

A Gay London Student Was Punched By A Homophobe Who Said "All Gays Are Pedophiles"

A gay man was attacked at a London pub by a homophobe.

While there are occasional stories of homophobes meeting justice and karma for their hateful actions, there are always a myriad of stories about gay men being attacked by homophobes who get away with it. This story is, unfortunately, among the latter half.

20-year-old University of Westminster student Sam Duffy was eating alone at a Wetherspoon pub near his home in the Cricklewood neighborhood of London when three loud patrons entered.

According to the Evening Standard, a bald, middle-aged man walked into the pub with two women and the group immediately started making “numerous racist and homophobic remarks” at a nearby table.

Duffy then complained to a member of the staff, which caused the group to focus on him. Duffy subsequently became the target of several insults. Once the man noticed that Duffy was wearing a rainbow wristband, the insults zeroed into homophobic ones. This includes the man making the statement that “all gays are nonces” [pedophiles].

Unfortunately, the situation became a physical altercation as the man sat at Duffy’s table, asked, “give me one good reason why I shouldn’t punch you,” and then hit him in the face.

“The whole incident has left me feeling incredibly vulnerable. I now fear to show any signs of my sexuality or take gay friends in or near the pub and surrounding area in fear of further homophobic attacks,” Duffy told the Evening Standard.

“I have to go past the pub to go to work, and to be honest I get scared when I go past it. I shouldn’t have to feel scared so close to my own home.”

As for the pub, they initially sent Duffy a £20 gift card after he sent a message through the customer support service, according to Pink News. Then, a Wetherspoon representative told Duffy that the pub had banned the attacker.

Unfortunately, that last statement seemed untrue as Duffy came across the man a second time.

On September 3, the student arrived for dinner with his roommate and her mother. “He was in there, having a drink and being served by the same people who were there when I was assaulted,” he told Pink News.

After being confused on what to do, the mother of Duffy's roommate suggested calling the police. Unfortunately, the man left before the police arrived.

Then on a third occasion, Duffy passed by the pub on September 26 and saw the man sitting inside the same establishment. Unfortunately, the police arrived too late and the man left again.

Since then, the authorizes have opened up a hate crime investigation.

“Detectives are investigating after a man was assaulted in a pub on Cricklewood Broadway,” said a police spokesperson. “The 20-year-old victim was dining at approximately 11pm on August 18 when he overheard three people — a man and two women — making homophobic and racist comments. He informed staff of their behaviour.”

“A short time later, the male suspect approached the victim and punched him in the face before all three left. The victim did not require medical treatment. Detectives are treating the assault as a hate crime. There have been no arrests.”

h/t: Evening Standard, Pink News

Police Looking For Attacker In Alleged Brooklyn Hate Crime

Two men were viciously attacked early Sunday morning as they left a gay bar in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the local ABC affiliate, the two men - one 29-years-old, the other 34-years-old - had just left the Metropolitan Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when a man approaching them called out with a homophobic slur.

The incident quickly escalated with the attacker punching the 34-year-old in the face, and throwing the 29-year-old against a tree. Both were knocked unconscious.

The good news is a bystander managed to snap a fairly clear photo of the attacker as he ran away.

One of the victims suffered a broken finger, while the other had to be treated for a fractured shoulder.

Speaking to ABC7, Aidan Pongrice, a neighbor in the area, urged people to take action.

“Not just to find and arrest this one person, we need people to take action to go out and vote and make sure that we don't have people and leaders in this country that actively dog whistle against my very existence," said Pongrice.

The New York Police Department are now asking anyone with any information about the incident or identifying the attacker in question to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-8477.

Watch the report below from ABC7.

 

 

 

(h/t ABC7)

Oklahoma City House Turned Into A "House Of Horrors" To Target Gay Men

An Oklahoma City house became a “house of horrors” after it was used as the location for torturing gay men.

According to KFOR, several gay men were tricked, through Grindr invites, into showing up to an Oklahoma City house. The men thought they were arriving for a hookup, but instead found themselves victims of a crime.

Each man arrived at the house in 15 minute increments. After showing up, they were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Afterwards, they were told to lie on the dirty ground.

The police first became suspicious of the crime when they received several calls about the area on S.W. 24th and Harvey.

When police set out to investigate the location, they discovered that the inside of the house was covered in trash.

In addition, the body camera footage, which can be watched below, shows the police discovering a backpack next to a chair. One victim later said that spot was where he was robbed at gunpoint.

Thankfully, none of the men were harmed. At one point, a victim tried to make a run for it. While he was later caught by the robbers, his distraction helped the other hostages escape and call the police.

So far, the authorities have been able to arrest one suspect, 31-year-old Deaunte McPherson. He has been charged with robbery with a firearm and kidnappings.

Unfortunately, the police are still looking for the other accomplices. Authorities are on the lookout for two men and one woman.

h/t: KFOR

Fugitive Who Died In A Miami Shootout Also Robbed A Gay Man At Gunpoint

A Florida man died in a shootout with Miami Police, and now the authorities are saying he was the suspect in a hate crime related case.

According to the ABC Local 10 News, a shootout happened outside the Miami International Airport this Thursday night.

FBI Special Agent Brian Waterman said at an onsite news briefing that the police had followed a fugitive in a car chase before the suspect, armed with a rifle, exchanged fire with the cops.

While no police officers or civilians were harmed, the fugitive died at the scene.

Hotel guests at the nearby DoubleTree By Hilton were alarmed to hear gunshots in the night. One woman staying at the Hotel recorded the scene from her balcony. You can watch that footage below.

While Waterman would not share the identity of the fugitive directly after the shooting, he did share that the man was involved in an earlier hate crime.

News then later came that the fugitive was 40-year-old Alexander Carballido.

Police records show that Carballido has had run-ins with the law before. Crballido was convicted of kidnappings, aggravated battery, carjacking with a deadly weapon, fleeing and eluding police, and aggravated assault on a police officer before, but was released from prison on July 1.

Sadly, Carballido decided to continue his crimes after being released. Specifically, Carballido decided to terrorize a 36-year-old man after identifying him as gay.

The victim says that Carballido probably noticed him at the XXX store near the airport and realized that “a lot of gay men go there.”

Afterwards, the victim, who works as an Uber Driver and security guard, says Carballido somehow found the man's contact info and reached out with a potential job opportunity. The victim then invited Carballido to his home.

Once there, Carbillido became hostile. He threatened the victim with a pistol, forced the victim to take his clothes off, hit the victim with the gun, and stole both $500 worth of cash and thousands worth of jewelry.

The police were unwilling to say if the prior hate crime case was connected to the police chase that ended Carballido’s life, but the victim told Local 10 News that he was with police during the shooting and was told by a detective, “You can go home in peace. It’s all over.”

h/t: ABC Local 10 News

Alleged Hate Crime In Washington DC Sent Gay Man To Emergency Room

William Southern, who recently moved to Washington, D.C., says he and a friend were the target of a violent hate crime this past Sunday.

In a post on his Instagram, Southern wrote that he and his friend, Robbie Barletta, were at the corner of 16th and U Street when the incident occurred.

According to Southern, they were attacked and beaten by mob of 4 men and a woman simply because they were gay.

Both men suffered several cuts and bruises, and Southern was sent to the emergency room for stitches to treat a split lip.

Southern posted photos of his injuries as well as their bloodied t-shirts.

But the social media post was not a ‘woe-is-me’ story. Southern makes it clear the incident only underscores his self-confidence in knowing who he is and living his life out loud.

“I will never stop being gay, I will never feel ashamed of who I am,” writes Southern. “Most importantly, I will never let anyone around me feel like less of a person simply because of who they are!”

He also thanked members of his Stonewall kickball league family for being there for him even though he’s a fairly new transplant to the DC area.

Southern closed his post with an upbeat message of community unity, writing, “May we stand strong and move forward.”

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So, this is extremely hard for me and I have not 100% settled on how I feel it. But, Sunday a friend of mine @robertandre and I were the target and the victims of a hate crime. We were attacked by 4 men and a women on the corner of 16th and U in Washington DC, simply because we were gay. The four men and the lady brutally attacked myself and my friend, I was sent to the ER where I received stitches to pull my lip back together. But, the moral of this story is not that it happened or for people to feel sorry for me. This is a statement, I will never stop being gay, I will never feel ashamed of who I am. Most importantly, I will never let anyone around me feel like less of a person simply because of who they are! I am fortunate enough to have an amazing support system even though I have only lived in DC for a few months. I am proud and honoured to be apart of @stonewallkickball, my kickball family came together and has given me amazing support and I never would have met them without the lady’s and gentlemen who were courageous enough to put together these teams to support LGBTQ rights and give them a safe haven to be themselves. May we stand strong and move forward.

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(h/t Towleroad)

Ukrainian Man Stabbed By Teenagers Who Thought He Looked Gay

A Ukrainian citizen was stabbed by a group of strangers earlier today, because they thought he was gay.

According to the Kyiv Post, a group of friends were leaving a club around 5:30 am while in the capital city of Kyiv. As the group walked in the direction of a subway station, a separate group of teenagers relaxing at a nearby bench approached them.

This second group walked up to the first one and tried to instigate a fight. They insulted the first group and said their outfits made them look like they were gay.

“Those guys picked on us because we looked, as they claimed, too flamboyant,” one of the attack victims told local news source the Informator.

Unfortunately, a fight broke out between the two groups and resulted in one victim getting stabbed three times in the chest. The attacking group stole the stab victim’s phone and headed back to the bench unperturbed.

Eventually, police arrived at the scene and the teens tried to throw away the evidence. One knife was thrown into a flower bed and another was thrown into an urn of a nearby shop. Also, the phone was stashed in a bush.

The police eventually handcuffed the teenagers and took them away. Meanwhile, the stab victim was rushed to the nearest hospital in an ambulance.

h/t: The Informator, Kyiv Post

Accused Of Murder, California Man Denies Incident Was A Hate Crime

A 21-year-old man from Newport Beach accused of killing a former classmate could face life in prison without parole after prosecutors added a hate crime enhancement to murder charges.

Samuel Woodward is accused of murder in the stabbing death of his former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein.

Bernstein was reported missing by his parents in January while he was visiting home during the winter break at the University of Pennsylvania. His body was eventually found in a shallow grave in Borrego Park with over 20 stab wounds.

DNA evidence found in Woodward’s car and Borrego Park led to his arrest.

At the time the hate crime component was added to existing murder charges, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told CBS News that a search of Woodward’s social media and cellphone data revealed “graphic” and “chilling” photos and text messages.

Rackauckas said the material, which was "homophobic, anti-Semitic, misogynistic and anti-government" showed Woodward's "dark side."

CBS News also reports that Woodward has been linked to white supremacist group.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Woodward denied the hate crime enhancement during a court appearance on Wednesday even though he admits it was a kiss that sparked the altercation.

According to an affidavit, Woodward told investigators that Bernstein kissed him while they were sitting in a parked car Jan. 2. Woodward told authorities the kiss was unwanted and that he pushed Bernstein away.

After Wednesday’s court appearance, Woodward’s attorney, Edward Munoz, said his client has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a developmental disorder that can hinder a person’s ability to socialize or communicate.

Munoz said that “there’s going to be some evidence that comes out to say he’s very confused” about both his sexual identity and “his own identity.”

 

Delaware Man Charged With A Hate Crime After Assaulting And Groping Pride Goers

Delaware man Sean Wiley is facing a hate crime charge after he groped and assaulted Gay Pride Festival goers.

On August 11, 31-year-old Wiley was causing trouble at the Delaware Pride Festival, according to Philadelphia’s 6ABC. While drunk, Wiley shouted slurs at festival attendees before groping a 31-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman at the festival.

Wiley then punched a 62-year-old old festival goer in the mouth. Witnesses called over nearby police who discovered the man bleeding. Wiley then tried to punch an officer, and was then quickly arrested.

Initially, Wiley was charged with 3 counts of Offensive Touching, 3rd Degree Assault, Menacing, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Trespass 3rd Degree, and a felony charge of Resisting Arrest.

After investigating the situation more, police obtained a warrant on August 16 to add on a Hate Crime charge to Wiley’s case.

While Wiley initially was sent to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, he has now been released on $4,400 bond.

He is expected to return for his first court hearing soon.

h/t: 6ABC

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