Posts tagged hate crime
Posts tagged hate crime
UPDATE: 300,000 around the world have already signed this urgent call. Add your voice now to keep up the pressure!
Can you please sign and share this petition demanding that Ugandan President Museveni stop the human rights violations by publicly vowing to veto the “Kill the Gays” bill?
In the next 24 hours, conservative lawmakers could move a bill that would make being LGBT in Uganda a crime punishable by death.
This hateful bill is part of a pattern of the Ugandan government’s violent repression of pro-democracy forces within the country - and time is running out to stop it.
Three men have appeared in court charged with stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation in Derby in the first prosecution of its kind.
Ihjaz Alie, 41, Mehboob Hussain, 44, and Umer Javed, 37, were charged on Thursday night and appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on Friday to face charges of distributing threatening written material to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation after handing out leaflets outside a mosque.
Another two men, Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were charged in December over accusations they also handed out the leaflet called The Death Penalty? outside a mosque in Derby, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
The leaflet is understood to have called for homosexuals to be executed.
CPS lawyer Sue Hemming said the leaflet was distributed outside the Jamia Mosque in Derby in July 2010 and through letterboxes during the same month.
She said: “This is the first ever prosecution for this offence and it is the result of close working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police.”
Alie, Hussain and Umer Javed are also charged with several counts each of sending communication of threatening messages and displaying signs of writing with abusive or insulting messages.
This is Millicent Gaika. She is a 30-year-old South African woman who was tied up, beaten, strangled, tortured and raped for five hours.
Why was she battered and rape? She is victim of a practice called corrective rape, a term that describes the process of men raping women who claim to be lesbians until they have been turned straight. Such a practice is particularly popular in South Africa, and of course, homosexuality cannot be ‘cured,’ and Millicent is not the first woman who was victimized. The most vicious form of torture a woman can experience in South Africa for being a lesbian is having her genitals mutliated by sharp objects. 24 out of 25 men who are accused of doing such crimes walk free. More than 500 corrective rapes are reported each year, and more than 30 South African lesbians have been murdered because of their sexuality over the past decade.
There is a petition that is aiming to expose these crimes in South Africa. The mission is to get police to be more responsive to the corrective rapes and charge reasonable fines to the men performing these rapes. Sign the petition here. It only takes a name and an address. That’s all. Please sign it.
And I’m not usually the person to say it, but please reblog this. Please get the message out there that this is happening out there in the world. Please.
November 27th, 1978. At age 48, openly gay official and LGBT rights icon Harvey Milk was assassinated.
“If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.”
All international events for Transgender Day or Remembrance are listed here; UK events are taking place in St Andrews, Brighton, Coventry, London, Manchester and Sheffield.
Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although not every person represented during the Day self-identified as transgender — as transsexual, a crossdresser, or otherwise gender-variant — each was a victim of violence based on bias against transgender people.
Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives.
Transgender Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.
Ugandan newspaper outs the country’s 100 “top homosexuals”
The names, addresses, and photos of 100 “top homosexuals” in Uganda were published in a front page story of a Ugandan tabloid, alongside a banner that read “Hang Them.”
In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.
The report states that the paper’s managing editor claims that the article was “in the public interest.”
The international media attention around Uganda has spiked since the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced over a year ago. Gays in Uganda have been subject to increased harassment in the past year.
“Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality,” said Patrick Ndede, 27. “The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us.”
Nelly Kabali, 31, describes his experience: “One time I was in a night club with a friend when someone who knew me pointed at me shouting ‘There is a gay!’ People wanted to beat me up but I was saved by a bouncer who led me out.”
- Sexual Minorities Uganda
- Equalitopia’s Voices Against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill Facebook page
I think what Dan Savage is trying to do, at its core, is good. It really is. If the “It Gets Better” project helps save one life, it is successful.
I know, that when I was a teenager I thought entirely too much about ways to escape, to end it, to just give up. But I didn’t, and looking back, I’m grateful for that.
I’ve been thinking about this, quite a bit, since it first started and keep asking myself if it gets better. What is “it” anyway? And better than what? I sit back and I read about 17.6% of hate crimes being committed every year are against LGBT people and know that I’m a statistic. I hear about those of us who struggle with higher levels of depression and anxiety than the general population, which often times leads to higher rates substance abuse than the general population. And know that I, and many of my friends are quite different from (and higher than) the general population.
The truth is, in some ways, it might not get better.
I know that I worry entirely too much about becoming another statistic, about landing back in the hospital with another concussion (or worse) because somebody thought that me being me warranted violence. I struggle with knowing that I’ll never have the same relationship with my dad that many of my straight friends have with theirs, because I’m gay. I struggle with meeting people to date because it’s just not as easy as it is for straight people. I struggle with knowing that I have an entirely too small of a pool of potential dating partners. I struggle with figuring out how I’m going to have children one day and whether or not I’ll be able to marry. I struggle with fitting in with my own “community.” It’s a struggle being gay.
These kids need to hear from people closest to them, that the world is better with them than without them. They need to hear what makes them special, and important to their community and their family. They need to hear that it’s okay today, that people love them today, that they brighten somebody’s day today. And that by hanging in there today, looking in the mirror today, and telling themselves that they will not be beat today, that they will not let hate and bigotry win today, that these kids will get stronger tomorrow, which helps it get better.
Hang in there. You get stronger.
We need you.
Shawn Woodward, a 37 year old man from Vancouver, was found guilty of aggravated assault this week after sucker-punching a 62-year-old gay man. Richard Dowrey, the victim, was left with permanent brain damage and will now require assistance for the rest of his life. Woodward, who is straight, claimed that the punch was made in self-defense because Dowrey had made “unwanted sexual advances.” Now, that’s a pretty crazy argument on its own, but it’s extra absurd in this case. The assault happened inside the Fountainhead Pub, a gay bar in the middle of Vancouver’s gay district. After examining witness testimony, the judge found that Woodward’s evidence was not credible, that no sexual assault took place, and that Woodward merely became offended and violent after being hit on by a gay guy. Sentencing happens in September, where it will be decided if the assault was also a hate crime.
Shawn Woodward, a 37 year old man from Vancouver, was found guilty of aggravated assault this week after sucker-punching a 62-year-old gay man. Richard Dowrey, the victim, was left with permanent brain damage and will now require assistance for the rest of his life.
Woodward, who is straight, claimed that the punch was made in self-defense because Dowrey had made “unwanted sexual advances.” Now, that’s a pretty crazy argument on its own, but it’s extra absurd in this case. The assault happened inside the Fountainhead Pub, a gay bar in the middle of Vancouver’s gay district.
After examining witness testimony, the judge found that Woodward’s evidence was not credible, that no sexual assault took place, and that Woodward merely became offended and violent after being hit on by a gay guy.
Sentencing happens in September, where it will be decided if the assault was also a hate crime.
Read full article here.
Luis and Richard Vieira were attacked at a Staten Island White Castle at 2:30 am on July 7. When they sat down in the restaurant, a teenager used a homophobic slur and other aggressive language against the couple.
“He looked at Luis and said, ‘What the f— are you looking at, faggot?’” recalled Richard Vieira, 39, to a New York Daily News reporter. A teen then punched Luis in the back of the head before the couple ran outside to the parking lot to confront the teen.
There they found themselves surrounded by over a dozen other teens who were seemingly awaiting their arrival.