Tag Archive | Hate Crime

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

Spain: PM to act on hate crime after homophobic assault

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will chair on Friday an urgent meeting of Spain’s commission against hate crimes, amid an uproar over a suspected homophobic assault on a 20-year-old Spaniard in central Madrid. The young man was returning home on Sunday afternoon, when eight people wearing hoods managed to surround him in his building’s […]

Spain: Court remands three over killing of gay man

Spain: Court remands three over killing of gay man

(Reuters) – A Spanish court remanded three people in custody on Friday on suspicion of beating a man to death last weekend in a presumed homophobic attack that caused mass protests across Spain. Six people have been arrested so far in connection with the killing of 24-year-old nursing assistant Samuel Luiz outside a nightclub in […]

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

Italy: Demos planned as LGBT+ hate crime law is considered again

When Marlon Landolfo kissed his date on a night out, onlookers started heckling, a fight broke out, and his friend ended up in hospital – the latest in a series of anti-gay attacks in Italy, where plans to combat homophobic violence are hotly contested. “They hurled insults at us,” said Landolfo, 22, describing how he […]

Mexico: Transgender community in fear after second murder

Mexico: Transgender community in fear after second murder

(Reuters) – The gruesome killing on Saturday of a second transgender woman in northern Mexico has unnerved the local transgender community, and amplified calls for greater protections in the Latin American nation. The murder of Leslie Rocha in the border city of Ciudad Juarez came days after a transgender civil society group staged a protest […]

Scotland: Comedians could fall foul of hate crimes proposal, lawyers warn

Scotland: Comedians could fall foul of hate crimes proposal, lawyers warn

Comedians at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe could end up in court, if they make jokes about LGBT+ people that fall foul of a proposed hate crimes law in Scotland, lawyers have warned. Under the new law being considered by the Scottish parliament, existing hate crime legislation that covers race would be extended to LGBT+ […]

Dublin: Homophobic Attack On Gay Man

Dublin: Homophobic Attack On Gay Man

Interview with Graham Halley by Frances Winston A young gay activist has spoken out about the need for education, following a horrific attack on Dublin Streets in the early evening. Graham Halley (25) was walking on Dublin’s O’Connell Street on Thursday, 26th September, when he was set upon by a gang of six. As he […]

UK: Inquiry sought as LGBT+ hate-crime doubles in UK

UK: Inquiry sought as LGBT+ hate-crime doubles in UK

LGBT+ campaigners called on Thursday for a public enquiry into why prosecutions for hate-crime had plunged in Britain, despite a doubling of homophobic incidents in the past five years. The number of hate-crimes in Britain against the LGBT+ community grew by more than 130% between 2014-15 and 2018-19, according to a Freedom of Information request […]

UK: Two women injured in homophobic attack ‘for refusing to kiss’

UK: Two women injured in homophobic attack ‘for refusing to kiss’

(Reuters) – Two women were punched and robbed, in what police on Friday called a disgusting homophobic assault on a London bus, after one of the victims said their attackers tried to force them to kiss each other. The incident took place in the early hours of May 30, after the women, in their 20s, […]

UK: New lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

UK: New lobby group calls for change to police rules over trans comments

A comedian, and a former policeman, reprimanded by the police for making public comments on transgender issues, have backed a new lobby group set up to push for police guidelines to be changed. Fair Cop, launched this week, argued that British police are misusing hate crime laws to “harass” those who question whether trans women […]

US: Chicago police seek follow-up interview with ‘Empire’ actor

US: Chicago police seek follow-up interview with ‘Empire’ actor

(Reuters) – Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault, and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday. Smollett, 36, an openly-gay African-American performer, who plays a gay character on […]