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2 Georgia men sentenced for anti-gay hate crime

Two men have been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for their involvement in a hate crime against a gay man in Atlanta.

Nineteen-year-old Christopher Cain and 20-year-old Dorian Moragne were sentenced on June 26 for beating Brandon White.

It was the first time federal prosecutors have filed hate crime charges based on sexual orientation in Georgia.

The federal sentences will run concurrently with five-year state prison sentences the men received last year. A third man, Darael Williams, was also sentenced to serve five years in state prison.

Officials have said White was walking out of a store in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood in February 2012 when he became the target of an unprovoked beating. White didn’t report the incident to police until cellphone footage of it surfaced on the Internet.

Trial underway for man accused in slaying of transgender rapper

A Milwaukee man went on trial June 10 for killing Evon Young, a 22-year-old transgender man known in the city as rapper Yung LT.

Billy Griffin is one of five men arrested in connection with Young’s death. He is charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

On the first day of Griffin’s trial in Milwaukee, Annette Cross-Perry, Young’s mother, testified. She had notified authorities that her son, who called her every morning, was missing on Jan. 2.

Griffin was Young’s roommate, and he initially told authorities that Young arrived home on Jan. 1 but soon after left to meet with someone.

Weeks later, after attending vigils and helping Cross-Perry search for Young, Griffin allegedly confessed that he and four others – said to be members of a gang – had a role in killing Young and disposing of the body. The men, allegedly because they suspected Young of a stealing from them, bound the young man, beat him, placed a bag over his head and strangled him with chains. They then shot him several times.

Three others face trial this summer – 37-year-old Ron Allen, 23-year-old Devin Seaberry and 18-year-old Ashanti Mcalister.

Earlier this month, 27-year-old Victor Stewart pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide and is scheduled to be sentenced in July. Stewart is expected to testify at Griffin’s trial this week.

UPDATED: Appleton police make arrest in hate crime assault

UPDATED: Police have arrested a man for an anti-LGBT attack on June 3 at Jones Park in Appleton, Wis.

The Fox Valley & Oshkosh Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Anti-Violence Project said the victim suffered “substantial injuries, including broken bones in the face.”

Authorities have arrested Tom Pruett of Appleton in connection with the assault. Pruett faces a charge of substantial battery-hate crime, a felony, and disorderly conduct-hate crime.

The AVP, in a press statement, said, “We applaud the actions of Appleton Police Department and the Outagamie County district’s attorney’s office for their swift and thorough response and their sensitivity to the victim of the crime.”

The defendant, according to the AVP, used slurs, assailing the victim’s perceived sexual orientation and gender identity while committing the physical assault.

Kathy Flores, of both the AVP and Appleton’s diversity coordinator, said the individual, who identifies as gender variant, was in the park at about 7:30 p.m. when the assailant began shouting “faggot” and “queer” and began beating the victim.

She said the victim suffered a broken orbital bone and suffered massive bruises, contusions and was bleeding. She also said that the defendant, who was homeless, had punched the victim in the eye the night before.

“We still have so much hate against people just trying to be themselves,” said Flores.

Pruett made a court appearance on June 5 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in court on June 13.

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recently released a report documenting continued hate violence against LGBTQ people in the United States in 2012.

The report, “Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2012,” was compiled using information from anti-violence programs around the country. The Fox Valley/Oshkosh LGBTQ Anti-Violence Project is a member of the national coalition.

Overall, according to the report, rates of reports of anti-LGBT violence remained steady in 2012.

From the document:

• 2,016 incidents reported in 2012

• 25 homicides of LGBTQ people documented, the fourth highest yearly total recorded.

• Transgender women, people of color and gay men face the most severe violence.

• LGBTQ people report substantial police misconduct when engaging with the police.

2 arrested in Russia for anti-gay fatal beating

Russian investigators say a 23-year-old Russian man was fatally beaten by his companions after he came out as gay.

Authorites have arrested a former schoolmate of the victim and another man in connection with the killing, which happened on May 10.

The RIA Novosti news agency on May 13 quoted an investigator in the southern city of Volgograd as saying that one suspect confessed that he and the other suspect decided to haze the victim by sending him home naked, but they “decided not to stop there.”

The victim’s injuries were so severe, including injuries to his genitals, that at first he could not be identified.

His name, according to The AP report, was not officially released.

Activists identified the victim as Vladislav Tornovoi and local media reported that his attackers sexually assaulted him with a beer bottle and set fire to his body.

In Russia, elected officials have contributed to intense homophobia. Parliament there has voted, on the first reading of a bill, to make it a crime to disseminate “homosexual propaganda.”

Activist Nikolai Bayev, a gay rights activist, posted on one website, “President Putin, crush the head of Vladislav Tornovoi! Strip him until he’s naked. Brake his ribs, beat his face and shove a bottle up his anus. Kill him, he’s just a gay.”

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.

Two men arrested for anti-gay assault in NYC early Friday

Two men were arrested in connection with the beating of two gay men in Manhattan early Friday and police are investigating whether there is a link to an earlier anti-gay attack in the same area near Madison Square Garden.

Friday’s attack happened at 5 a.m. after two gay men tried to enter an after-hours billiard club and were denied entry, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The two were approached by a group of about five men who shouted anti-gay slurs and beat them, Coleman said.

He said the gay men tried to flee but the attackers followed them to the entrance to the 33rd Street PATH station, where Port Authority officers saw the assault and broke it up.

Several of the attackers fled but officers arrested two suspects.

Asllan Berisha and Brian Ramirez, both 21, were arrested on charges of felony assault as a hate crime. No information on attorneys for the suspects was immediately available.

Coleman said both victims suffered severe facial injuries and were treated at Bellevue Hospital, where one victim underwent eye surgery. Their names were not released.

The earlier attack happened a few blocks away on Eighth Avenue near 34th street. Police said four men yelled anti-gay slurs at two men, pushed them to the ground and began punching one of them in the face.

No one has been arrested in the earlier attack. Police are trying to determine of the two attacks are linked.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the city’s highest elected gay official, said she was outraged at the anti-gay attacks.

“These vicious assaults are not reflective of the diversity that defines New York City,” Quinn, a Democratic mayoral candidate, said in a statement.

Iowa man faces hate crime charge after anti-gay beating

A 27-year-old man has been charged with a hate crime in the beating of another man outside a Waterloo, Iowa, bar.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/13qnHSF ) that Mitchael Baruth was arrested late last week on a warrant for misdemeanor assault in violation of individual rights.

Court records say Baruth had seen two men kiss in the bar on March 23 and followed one of them outside. The records say Baruth tackled one of the men in the bar parking lot and beat him while yelling anti-gay slurs.

The hate crime circumstances elevate the charge to an aggravated misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to two years in prison.

A public phone listing for Baruth couldn’t be found. Online court records don’t list the name of his attorney.

Bail raised for California teen accused of hate crime

Bail has been raised nearly sevenfold to $520,000 for a teenager facing hate crime allegations in the brutal beating of a Northern California man.

Prosecutors this week detailed the injuries, including a fractured skull, suffered by Lawrence “Mikey” Partida in the early hours of March 10 in Davis, Calif.

The Sacramento Bee reports (HTTP://BIT.LY/10FYOIY ) 19-year-old Clayton Daniel Garzon is accused of using anti-gay slurs during the alleged attack.

Garzon appeared in Yolo Superior Court on felony battery and threat charges with hate crime enhancements.

Prosecutors argued Garzon is a danger to the community and a risk to flee.

Partida’s friends, family and supporters gathered outside the courthouse, some wearing T-shirts that read, “Stop Hate. Justice for Mikey.”

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for April 26.

Jailed Aryan Brotherhood member sentenced for anti-gay assault

An Aryan Brotherhood member in federal prison in Texas has been sentenced to 71 months after pleading guilty to committing an anti-gay hate crime against another inmate.

John Hall, 27, was prosecuted by the Justice Department under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

Hall is imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville, Texas.

On March 14, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sentenced Hall to another 71 months in prison for his assault of a fellow inmate, whom he believed to be gay, the Justice Department said in a news release.

The assault occurred on Dec. 20, 2011, inside the Seagoville prison. Hall, according to the Justice Department, targeted and attacked the victim because he believed the victim was gay or involved in a sexual relationship with another male inmate. Hall repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped on the victim’s face with his shod feet, a weapon, while yelling a homophobic slur.

The victim lost consciousness during the assault and suffered multiple lacerations to his face. He also sustained a fractured eye socket, lost a tooth and fractured other teeth.

Hall pleaded guilty to violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act on Nov. 8, 2012.

After the sentencing, assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said, “Brutality and violence based on sexual orientation has no place in a civilized society. The Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to prosecute acts motivated by hate.”

U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas said, “This prosecution sends a clear message that this office, in partnership with attorneys in the department’s Civil Rights Division, will prioritize and aggressively prosecute hate crimes and others civil rights violations in North Texas.”

Vigils planned for slain rapper Evon Young

UPDATE: Vigils on Jan. 29 in Milwaukee for Evon Young. Evon Young’s family will hold two vigils on Jan. 29. The first was going to take place at 9:45 a.m. at 52nd and Custer in Milwaukee. The second was to take place at 7 p.m. at the same location.

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Milwaukee police continue to search for the body of transgender rapper Evon “Yung LT” Young, believed killed on Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 by acquaintances in a street gang.

Milwaukee police have arrested five men in connection with the disappearance of the 22-year-old Young. Authorities believe Young is dead and the Milwaukee District Attorney’s office has filed first-degree homicide charges against Victor Stewart, 27; Ashanti Mcalister, 19; Billy R. Griffin, 26; Ron Joseph Allen, 37; and Devin L. Seaberry, 23.

Young’s mother reported her son missing on Jan. 2 after she received a phone call from Young’s employer notifying her that he failed to show up for work. Young also failed to attend a dinner with family, prompting his mother to begin calling around, including to hospitals, in an effort to locate her son.

Police, after taking the mother’s report, went to Young’s residence in the 5300 block of North 52nd Street to investigate.

The criminal complaint states that Young’s roommate, Griffin, said Young returned home from work on Jan. 1 but soon after left with an unknown person in a car. An officer searched the residence but didn’t find Young or anything unusual, according to the complaint.

In the days after, family and friends circulated fliers and searched for Young. His mother found a cell phone on the curb outside of his residence, which she turned over to police. It apparently had belonged to Stewart and then Mcalister and was was last used the day Young disappeared.

Additional investigation by police found Stewart’s name in a stolen vehicle report filed about the time of Young’s disappearance by Stewart’s wife.

The vehicle, a Chevy Impala, had been seen by a witness outside Young’s residence and, when police located and seized the car, they found possible bloodstains inside, as well as fingerprints.

Stewart’s wife, according to the complaint, said she reported the car stolen because Stewart had it all night and returned it only the next morning, making her late for work. She also said when he returned home, Stewart was wearing different clothing and that her vehicle smelled of bleach and appeared recently washed.

Earlier this week, the MPD arrested five men based on witness statements, physical evidence and statements by Griffin and Stewart.

According to the complaint, Griffin told police that Young arrived home on Jan. 1 and they talked. Later in the night, the doorbell rang and Stewart, Allen, Mcalister and Seaberry – all members of the Black P-Stones – entered the residence.

Griffin said Stewart had a gun and said Young was going to die that night because he couldn’t be trusted. The complaint states that Griffin was told he would be welcomed into the gang if he killed Young.

Griffin told police that the other men punched Young in the face while Mcalister held a gun to Young’s head.

Eventually, the complaint continues, the men took Young to the basement, where they placed a bag over Young’s head. Young fought back, but then a chain was placed over his neck and Mcalister and Allen pulled on it until Young passed out.

Griffin said the attackers began beating Young with tools and, unable to watch any longer, he went upstairs, from where he could hear three gunshots.

The complaint states that Allen left and returned with bleach and duct tape and Stewart, Mcalister and Seaberry wrapped Young’s body in a sheet.

After they cleaned up the basement and showered, the men allegedly took Young’s body to a Dumpster.

Griffin, the complaint states, told police he received a call from Stewart, who told him, “The deed is done.”

Police investigators found blood in the basement on the walls and floor and a piece of duct tape with Stewart’s fingerprint.

The complaint also contains a statement from Stewart, who allegedly told police that Mcalister wanted to kill Young in the kitchen but Stewart told him not to do it there.

He said Mcalister, Allen, Seaberry and Griffin took Young to the basement and that Griffin provided the bag that was placed over Young’s head.

Stewart said Mcalister shot Young three times and that, after they cleaned up the basement, Griffin provided everyone with a change of clothing.

Police continue to search for Young’s body, which they believe may be in a landfill.

The defendants are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 31.

If convicted, the men face life in prison.

UPDATED: Woman says Thanksgiving assault was no hate crime

UPDATED: A woman who was attacked and beaten on Thanksgiving day says the assault was not a hate crime.

Mallory Owens told WKRG-TV that her being gay is not the reason she was attacked.

Owens’ mother had pressed for more charges in the attack, saying it took place because of her daughter’s sexual orientation.

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The nation’s largest gay civil rights group has called on the U.S. Justice Department to look into the beating of an Alabama woman attending Thanksgiving dinner with her girlfriend’s family.

The attack against Mallory Owens, 23, in Mobile, Ala., resulted in the arrest of 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr. The man faces a second-degree assault in connection with the crime, which resulted in Owens’ hospitalization for several days. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 10.

The victim suffered severe facial lacerations and contusions, a brain bleed, a crushed cheekbone and a fractured skull, according to reports from her family. She was released from the hospital on Nov. 26, but must return for treatment and likely reconstructive surgery.

Several Web petitions are circulating calling for the case to be prosecuted as a hate crime and for an attempted murder charge against Hawkins, who has been released from jail after posting bail.

But HRC, in a statement this afternoon, noted that Alabama does not have a hate crime law that covers sexual orientation or gender identity.

The organization has asked the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate the incident and provide any needed assistance to local law enforcement.

Chad Griffin, president of HRC, said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Mallory Owens and her family as she recovers from the horrific injuries she sustained on Thanksgiving day. Violence against anyone – no matter what the motivation – is never acceptable. We call on both Alabama and federal law enforcement officials to thoroughly and swiftly investigate this crime to ensure Mallory’s attacker is brought to justice.

“Living openly as an LGBT person in America takes a tremendous amount of courage, and moments like this remind us of the obligation we have to continue creating safer environments – particularly for vulnerable LGBT youth. No one who is brave enough to be open and honest in their local community should ever fear for their well-being or personal safety.”

On the Web…

http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice