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Hate Crimes

Club Q shooter sentenced to 55 life sentences plus 190 years in prison for federal hate crimes

Anderson Lee Aldrich pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for federal hate crimes and firearms charges for the mass shooting that left five people dead and around 20 injured.

A trans girl was assaulted at a Minnesota high school. Her family is demanding justice (exclusive)

The mother of a transgender girl who was viciously attacked at Hopkins High School in Minnesota tells The Advocate about the response from both the school and local community.

An attacker fired a pellet gun at 4 LGBTQ+ bars in California. The community wants answers

A staff member at one of the bars said their establishment has been the target of several anti-LGBTQ+ incidents in the past, and they suspect the threats will continue.

'Abhorrent:' Man sets lesbian couples on fire, killing one and injuring several others

The attack at a boarding house that killed one and left seven others injured has been called "one of the most abhorrent hate crimes in recent years."

Las Vegas man shot at his gay neighbors while screaming homophobic slurs, police say

75-year-old Larry Walraven was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, as well as a hate crime enhancement.

A gay designer was attacked at a California fashion show in 2019. His assailant was just sentenced

After years of legal proceedings, justice is served in the high-profile hate crime assault on fashion designer Pol’ Atteu.

Alleged Minneapolis mass shooters charged after killing one at LGBTQ+ punk rock show

The teenagers who allegedly targeted queer people at a punk rock show in Minneapolis are facing seven felony charges.

Investigation launched after man screams homophobic slurs at queer couples on D.C. metro

A queer woman has spoken out on social about an incident on a D.C. train where a man "SCREAMED" at a small child "for having two dads."

J.K. Rowling stoops even lower, mocks hate-crime law & dares police to arrest her

Oh, and the British Prime Minister defended her behavior.

Anti-transgender hate crimes spike, leading to calls for a public health emergency

An Advocate data analysis found that in Los Angeles County and across the country, hate crimes against transgender people are reaching historic highs.

In GOP-led states with anti-LGBTQ+ laws, school hate crimes quadruple: report

A recent analysis highlights the rise in incidents and the critical role of crisis services for LGBTQ+ youth in the wake of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Nex Benedict’s tragic death further proves that Oklahoma is not OK

One activist spent time in the area following the tragedy, and while the local LGBTQ+ community remains strong — so does its opposing forces.

After a mob of hundreds attacked a transgender couple, thousands marched to support them

A crowd of over 200 harassed and threw bottles at a nonbinary couple in Greece’s second-largest city Saturday night, sparking outrage from local artists and activists.

More than 60 religious institutions have been targeted for supporting LGBTQ+ rights: report

At least 66 incidents occurred between June 2022 and January 2024 in which a religious institution was targeted for its perceived support of LGBTQ+ people.

Transgender people are being killed at an alarming rate, especially in the South (exclusive)

New findings reveal a disturbing increase in violence against transgender individuals, spotlighting the South’s lax gun laws and discriminatory policies.

Ohio man sentenced to 18 years in prison after firebombing church for hosting drag events

Aimenn D. Penny admitted to attacking the Community Church of Chesterland on March 25 using homemade Molotov cocktails, citing anger at two upcoming drag events.

Hate crimes are on the rise at schools, and it's only getting worse for LGBTQ+ students

New FBI data reflects the growing number of hate crimes in the U.S., while highlighting the role that schools play in combating such incidents.

Arson at Georgia gender-affirming care clinic investigated as hate crime

A fire at a clinic that provides gender-affirming care is being looked at through the lens of recently passed hate crime legislation.

3 transgender people were slain in just two weeks. The community wants answers

Samantha Gómez Fonseca, a transgender activist and politician, was shot multiple times inside a car in south Mexico City on Sunday.

Florida Men Arrested in Brutal Beating of Group of LGBTQ+ Women

Two men have been arrested and charged with battery with prejudice for assaulting a group of LGBTQ+ women in November.