For 2011, the FBI reports there were 6,222 hate crime incidents involving 7,254 offenses.
The statistics are in the newly released Hate Crime Statistics, 2011 report and show a slight decline overall from 2010.
Jingle Jangle — The annual Santa Speedo Run in Boston took place Dec. 8, with participants – most of them wearing red Speedo trunks – running to raise money for a sports nonprofit.
To date, this year’s campaign has raised nearly $275,000.
Lady Gaga has expressed “her gratitude” to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for opposing regional laws that make it a crime to provide minors with information about homosexuality.
The pop star tweeted Saturday that she thanks the former president for “not standing by your party’s anti-gay propaganda law.”
The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation’s classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said this week.
The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities.
New numbers from Public Policy Polling, which produced frequent polls during the 2012 election cycle, show that 44 percent of people surveyed recently think Santa is a Democrat.
About 28 percent said Santa is a Republican.
Merck & Company, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, will cease foundation funding for the Boy Scouts of America because the nonprofit discriminates against gays.
Scouts for Equality, led by activist Zach Wahls, petitioned Merck on its support for the BSA. Scouts or Equality also petitioned Verizon Communications to discontinue financial support for the Texas-based BSA, which has gone to court in multiple venues to defend its ban against gay scouts, troop leaders and employees.
Same-sex couples in Washington state began reciting wedding vows early Sunday morning, just minutes into the first day they could marry after the state’s gay marriage law took effect.
Walking the catwalk in a Brazilian bikini is a nerve-racking experience for even the most seasoned of models, but for Felipa Tavares it’s nothing short of terrifying.
The 6-foot-tall Tavares is among Brazil’s small but growing ranks of transgender models – leggy, high-cheekboned sirens who were born with male bodies and are causing a splash here as well as in Paris and other international fashion capitals.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.
Health officials in San Francisco have advised some gay men to consider getting vaccinated against meningitis if they recently traveled or plan to go to New York City.
At least 11 cases of meningitis have been reported among gay men in New York City in the past year.
George Zimmerman sued NBC this week, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman says the network edited the tape to make sound like he is racist.
For the year since she married her partner, waitress Cynthia Landis has legally been a “Landis.” It’s the name on her Social Security card, her District of Columbia marriage certificate and her Virginia driver’s license.
But the state of West Virginia won’t recognize her as “Landis.”