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2021 Anti-Trans Murders Mount with Alarming Speed

2021 Anti-Trans Murders Mount with Alarming Speed

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 25, 2021

2020 was the deadliest year for murderous anti-trans violence, claiming 44 victims. 2021 is on the verge of equalling — or surpassing — that grim total.

Man Fatally Shoots Stepfather After Argument Over Gay Guest

Man Fatally Shoots Stepfather After Argument Over Gay Guest

By Emell Adolphus | Oct 21, 2021

A man reportedly objected to a family member bringing a gay guest into the home and fatally shot his stepfather in an argument.

Watch: Family of HIV Activist Say His Killing was a 'Hate Crime' as Trial Begins

Watch: Family of HIV Activist Say His Killing was a 'Hate Crime' as Trial Begins

Oct 21, 2021

Greek-American HIV activist Zacharias Kostopoulos died after being beaten in 2018. Now, as six defendants — two of them police officers — go on trial, the victim's family insist his killing was a "hate crime."

'I Have Nightmares,' says D.C. Man after Homophobic Attack

'I Have Nightmares,' says D.C. Man after Homophobic Attack

Oct 21, 2021

A Washington, D.C. man was attacked and called a homophobic slur.

Judge Refuses to Suppress Video Evidence in Josh Duggar Case

Judge Refuses to Suppress Video Evidence in Josh Duggar Case

Oct 20, 2021

A federal judge has denied motions to suppress video evidence found on electronic devices that were seized from former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is facing child pornography charges.

Report: Gay Couple Beaten, Stomped as Gang of 5 Hurl Anti-Gay Epithets

Report: Gay Couple Beaten, Stomped as Gang of 5 Hurl Anti-Gay Epithets

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 18, 2021

A gay couple in the town of Basildon, in Essex, England, say they were attacked by a gang of five assailants in the early morning hours of Oct. 10, just after leaving an LGBTQ+ night spot called Colors.

 Judge Firms Up Trial Date for Smollett, Won't Dismiss Case

Judge Firms Up Trial Date for Smollett, Won't Dismiss Case

Oct 16, 2021

A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett.

Texas Man Takes Plea Bargain in Grindr Robbery Conspiracy

Texas Man Takes Plea Bargain in Grindr Robbery Conspiracy

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 15, 2021

A 22-year-old Texas man accepted a plea deal that puts him in jail for the next 23 years for his role in a conspiracy carried out by him and three others to use Grindr to lure, rob, and assault their victims.

Judge Denies Josh Duggar Bid to Dismiss Child Porn Charges

Judge Denies Josh Duggar Bid to Dismiss Child Porn Charges

Sep 30, 2021

A federal judge has denied motions seeking to dismiss child pornography charges against former reality TV star Josh Duggar.

Trans Woman of Color Briana Hamilton Murdered in Chicago

Trans Woman of Color Briana Hamilton Murdered in Chicago

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 26, 2021

The year's toll of anti-trans violence has climbed to at least 37 victims with the shooting death of Brianna Hamilton in Chicago.

Spreading HIV is Against the Law in 37 States, with Penalties Ranging Up to Life in Prison

Spreading HIV is Against the Law in 37 States, with Penalties Ranging Up to Life in Prison

Sep 24, 2021

Despite the fact that HIV is now a treatable medical condition, the majority of U.S. states still have laws on the books that criminalize exposing other people to HIV.

Hold the Hate: Door Dash Driver Arrested after Homophobic Slurs

Hold the Hate: Door Dash Driver Arrested after Homophobic Slurs

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 24, 2021

A DoorDash delivery driver in Sandwich, Massachusetts has been charged after scrawling harassing comments on the wrapping paper of a Subway sandwich order he delivered to a gay couple.

Families Recount Trauma at Sentencing for School Shooter

Families Recount Trauma at Sentencing for School Shooter

By James Anderson | Sep 18, 2021

A judge on Friday sentenced a former student to life in prison without parole for a 2019 shooting inside a suburban Denver high school that killed one teenager and injured eight others.

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 17, 2021

Violence has claimed another transgender woman's life, this time in Illinois, with the shooting death of D'isaya Monaee Smith. Her death marks the 36th known trans murder this year.

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Sep 16, 2021

A diner at a high-end Manhattan restaurant was shot in the leg during a stickup in the eatery's outdoor seating area, police said.

Militia Leader to be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Militia Leader to be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

By Amy Forliti | Sep 13, 2021

The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say masterminded the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque is to be sentenced Monday for several civil rights and hate crimes in an attack that terrified a community.

Watch: Georgia High Schooler Faces Charges after Pride Flag Attack

Watch: Georgia High Schooler Faces Charges after Pride Flag Attack

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 7, 2021

In an incident caught on video, a Georgia high school student is facing charges, including simple battery and disorderly conduct, after grabbing a Pride flag from another student and knocking him down, and then tossing the flag into a garbage can.

Report: Filmmaker Kitano's Car Attacked by Man with Pickax

Report: Filmmaker Kitano's Car Attacked by Man with Pickax

Sep 6, 2021

Tokyo police have arrested a man who allegedly attacked a car carrying Japanese entertainment icon Takeshi Kitano with a pickax, though nobody was injured, according to media reports.

Women Say They Met Porn Actor Jeremy for Fun; Rape Came Next

Women Say They Met Porn Actor Jeremy for Fun; Rape Came Next

By Andrew Dalton | Sep 6, 2021

Adult film actor Ron Jeremy leveraged the novelty of his celebrity to meet and often isolate women who he raped and sexually assaulted, using the same tactics for years, according to grand jury testimony from 21 women that was unsealed Saturday.

Florida Gunman Killed 4, Including Mom Still Holding Baby

Florida Gunman Killed 4, Including Mom Still Holding Baby

By Kelli Kennedy | Sep 6, 2021

Four people are dead including a mother still cradling her now-deceased baby after a massive gunfight early Sunday with a former Marine a Florida sheriff said was "ready for battle."

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