Hate Crimes

Watch: Family has horrifying, violent reaction to son's coming out as gay (graphic language)

Sometimes coming-out stories are heartwarming tales of acceptance and love. Other times they are tragic accounts of abandonment and abuse.

Daniel Ashley Pierce, a 20-year-old from Georgia, came out as gay last October. At the time, his father was unresponsive and his stepmother seemed supportive. However, things took a turn for the worse Wednesday when Pierce found himself a part of what he describes as a "delayed intervention" involving his father, stepmother and grandparents. He apparently captured footage of the interaction on camera.

Alleged anti-gay hate crime victim sentenced to prison for 2012 attack

Family members, friends and a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are crying foul after the alleged victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Atlanta received a prison sentence.

Luke O'Donovan, 21, will reportedly spend the next two years in a Georgia prison, followed by eight years of probation, after agreeing to a plea deal on Aug. 11, Vice is reporting.

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2014 transgender violence statistics sobering thus far

As the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia approaches on May 17, the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) has released its first report -- in the first four months of 2014, 102 acts of violence against transgender people have been logged. Such reports are sent in to the portal voluntarily, meaning that there have definitely been many more unreported acts of violence as well.

Lesbian sister accuses brother of hate crime

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 22-year-old lesbian from Lincoln, Neb., has accused her brother of an anti-gay hate crime, telling authorities that he and a friend attacked her and her fiancee with a crowbar and later tried to ram their car into oncoming traffic.

"At first I didn't know who it was," she told a local station. "Then I finally realized it was my brother ... he had a crowbar in his hand, he tried to hit me with it." Ahmed Tuma, 20, and his friend Nathan Marks, also 20, were arrested by police on Friday.

Man guilty in hate crime that nearly killed a transgender woman | VIDEO

TAMPA, Fla. - Tavares Spencer, a Tampa man accused of nearly killing a transgend woman, was convicted on all charges Thursday, including attempted first-degree murder.

The trial began Monday and included the testimony of the victim, Terrience McDonald, who goes by Coko.

“As I was still lying on the ground, he walked around me, and he pointed the gun, and then he shot me,” McDonald testified earlier this week.

To read the full story, click HERE.

Hate crime attack leaves man paralyzed

TORONTO – An openly gay man who is a church choir conductor will be paralyzed from the waist down after being viciously attacked early Saturday in New Glasgow in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Scott Jones, 27, was slit across his throat and stabbed twice in the back, resulting in the severing of his spine, according to authorities.

“He was stabbed because he’s gay,” said Jason Cormier, who is the fiance of Jones’ sister, Cara Jones. The couple and the Jones family believe that the attack was an anti-gay hate crime.

Man walks on technicality in gay assault case

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A Brooklyn man accused of brutally beating a man while yelling anti-gay slurs was let loose without an assault charge because of “technical issues” — and now police are hunting for the out-on-bail brute so he can be charged with assault as a hate crime, according to cops and court records.

Ole Miss "Laramie Project" student actor responds to hecklers

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the HRC Blog.)

As a gay student of University of Mississippi, the actions last week during a production of The Laramie Project personally struck a chord with me.

"Matt Shephard Is a Friend of Mine" premieres this week, coming to San Diego | VIDEO

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared HERE on HuffPost Gay Voices. "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" will be screened in San Diego on Tuesday, Oct. 8 as part of the annual San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard event.)

Brooklyn man badly beaten in possible hate crime

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A stranger screaming homophobic slurs attacked a man walking his dogs on a Williamsburg street early on Thursday morning, breaking his face, according to the victim.

David Jimenez, who lives around the block from the attack, said he had just escorted some friends to catch a cab and was walking his dogs when he passed a group of men hanging out on the stoop of a building on S. Third Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.

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