Hate Crimes

Arrest made in 2013 beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles

NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn man has been arrested in the brutal beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles in Harlem nearly 2 years ago.

James Dixon, 24, has been charged with manslaughter and felony assault.

Nettles, 21, was walking with another transgender woman on August, 17, 2013 when she was attacked and beaten by a group of men who were yelling homophobic slurs. Nettles, an aspiring fashion designer, died 4 days later at Harlem Hospital.

Nebraska: Lesbian couple file protection order against man accused of stealing, burning gay pride flag

OMAHA, Nebraska -- A married lesbian couple have filed a protection order against an Omaha man who is accused of stealing a gay pride flag from their home and setting it on fire.

Ariann Anderson and Jessica Meadows-Anderson filed the order against Cameron A. Mayfield on Monday. According to court documents, detectives told the couple that Mayfield was “making delusional claims about stalking, and suggested that he seems unstable.”

UC Santa Cruz LGBTQ community calls for change after attack on gay student

SANTA CRUZ, California -- Members of the University of California Santa Cruz lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community launched a petition demanding the university enact changes in the wake of an attack on a gay student thought to be a hate crime by police.

Spain: Madrid urges more victims of homophobic attacks to go to police

MADRID, Spain -- The Madrid region has launched an awareness campaign to encourage gays and lesbians to report homophobic attacks. Cristina Cifuentes, the central government’s delegate in Madrid, joined with members of COGAM, which represents the capital’s homosexual community, on February 15 to announce the campaign.

“The number of reports filed in relation to crimes linked to sexual orientation or identity grew from 12 in 2013 to 21 by the end of 2014,” said Cifuentes.

Ireland: Warning over homophobic "catfish" attacks

CORK, Ireland -- Members of Cork’s LGBT community have been warned to take safety precautions when meeting online dates after reports of orchestrated attacks by assailants using websites and dating apps to attract their victims.

A Facebook warning about the attacks has been widely shared on the Social Media network. The post’s author, Louise O’Donnell, said that a friend had been attacked by a group of men having arranged a date through a website.

"AfroPop" TV series concludes with "The Abominable Crime"

NEW YORK -- The seventh season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Exchange concludes with "The Abominable Crime," a film that gives voice to gay Jamaicans forced to flee their homeland due to endemic anti-gay violence.

The film will air on WORLD Channel on Monday, Feb. 16, at 8 pm ET/10 pm PT as the final episode of the innovative documentary series on contemporary art, life and culture in the African diaspora.

Washington: Suspects arrested in assault on transgender woman

SPOKANE, Washington -- Police have arrested two men suspected in the Friday beating of a transgender woman inside the Boots Bakery at 20 W. Main Ave.

Adam R. Flippen, 45, is facing charges of second-degree assault and malicious harassment. Marc A. Fessler, 42, is facing one charge of malicious harassment. Both men have been booked into the Spokane County Jail and are expected to appear in court Wednesday.

Washington: Transgender woman assaulted at bakery shop

SPOKANE, Washington -- Police are investigating a report of an assault at a downtown Spokane bakery Friday night. Witnesses say the victim was a transgender woman and the attackers are still at large.

The Spokane Human Rights Commission sent out a news release on the incident Monday morning, saying the victim was assaulted by two men while waiting for a friend at Boots Bakery and Lounge. The commission said the victim was "sent to the hospital with major damage done to the left side of her face."

Texas: Transgender woman murdered in Tyler

TYLER, Texas -- Police detectives are searching for clues after a transgender woman was shot to death early Monday morning.

The victim was 24-year-old Ty Underwood.

Investigators say she was found murdered early this morning on 24th Street in north Tyler.

"She was lovely, just a lovely person. Very real, down to earth person who didn't deserve this, did not deserve this at all," Underwood's roommate Coy Simmons said.

Three men sought in hate crime attack on West Hollywood man

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California — Deputies sought the public’s help Tuesday in locating three men accused of committing what they called a hate crime that left a 31-year-old man bloodied and needing staples to his scalp.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the attack happened around 2 am Tuesday at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.

The victim, Don Brooks, said he was walking home alone, after commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with friends when he became the victim of a hate crime.