Tag: Hate crime

Does a slur against someone make it a hate crime?

The attorneys of three men charged with a felony hate crime against a gay man on the CTA tried to get out of the charges by saying that he wasn’t targeted because he was gay and should therefore only be charged with aggravated battery. Daniel Hauff was riding a CTA train last year when he... Read more »

Gay student beaten with pipe in Houston, Gay teen decapited in Puerto Rico

Photo Credit:cybertoad via Flickr CC A Houston student was chased down and beaten with a metal pipe because he is gay. Jayron Martin had been taunted by fellow students at school and threatened but when he notified two principals and his school bus driver – they didn’t do anything. As he expected, after Jayron exited... Read more »

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act PASSED

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr I’m still not up to speed so I apologize for just passing this along and not sprucing things up a big……but The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed at the Federal level today! Let me say that again – at the FEDERAL level –... Read more »