HRC: Hate Crimes Timeline

Matthew Shepard: Wikipedia Article

California Man Kills 8 Year Old Boy for Being Gay

Orlando Attack and Common Violence Against LGBTQ People

Info: Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

NPR News: Student's Suicide is Deadly Reminder of Intolerance

Hands: Song for Orlando

Wikipedia: History of Violence Against LGBTQ People


Atmosphere of Hate


LGBTQ people are surrounded by hateful acts and hateful speech. They go through their daily life bombarded on all sides by people telling them that they are not as good as everyone else. They receive messages from a variety of sources telling them that they are somehow flawed… That they are not normal… That they are sinful or sick….

They are targets of discrimination, harassment, and abuse. They are oftentimes treated as outcasts. They hear bigoted rhetoric from individuals and institutions. They are maligned and marginalized. They experience discrimination in the workplace, in the employment process, when trying to marry or adopt, in hospital situations (especially regarding visitation), and in many sectors of society.


After several years of progress in the advancement of legislation granting LGBTQ equality and protection, we are now witnessing a reversal of that legislation on the federal level and the introduction of anti-gay legislation on the state level. In the current political environment, the LGBTQ community is understandably fearful as they begin to once again see their rights diminished and a new rise in anti-gay violence.

Members of the LGBTQ community have been the victims of unspeakable violence. It is unfortunate that, under a new administration that is not as supportive of the rights and protections of LGBTQ people, we might see more anti-gay incidents. Recently, hate groups have felt more emboldened and empowered to oppress LGBTQ people.


HRC Report: Hate Crimes and Violence Against LGBTQ People

Lawrence King: Young, Gay, and Murdered in Junior High

Sen Tammy Baldwin: Orlando Massacre Was a Hate Crime

Info: Encouragement for LGBTQ Youth in Crisis

Forty-Nine Times: Tribute to Orlando


Mass Shooting at Gay Bar in Orlando


A gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub early morning Sunday, June 12, 2016, killing approximately 50 people and injuring another 53. Clubgoers were enjoying an evening at Pulse, which describes itself as “the hottest gay bar in Orlando,” when shots started to go off around 2 AM. A three-hour hostage situation ensued, ending when authorities used an armored vehicle to break down the door of the building and kill the gunman at around 5 AM.


The attack on the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando surpasses the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Authorities have identified the shooter as 29-year-old Omar Saddiqui Mateen from Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. Mateen was previously trained as a security guard.

The federal government and FBI “have suggestions the individual has leanings towards Islamic terrorism, but we can’t say definitely,” says Ron Hopper, assistant special agent of FBI’s Orlando bureau. But Mateen’s connection to Islamic terrorism has not been proven, leading authorities to also investigate the shooting as a possible hate crime against the LGBTQ community.


CNN: Orlando Shooting an Act of Hate

New York Times: Massacre at Gay Nightclub

Hands: Song for Orlando

USA Today: Orlando Nightclub Shooting

What Happens After the Orlando Shooting?

Why the Orlando Massacre Hurts so Much

Orlando Massacre a Reminder of Dangers LGBTQ People Face Daily

In the Aftermath of the Orlando Shooting

Is a Kinder More Loving World Possible?

Survivor Describes Horrific Scene

We Need LGBTQ Pride Now More Than Ever

We Will Be in Mourning for a Long Time

Comments from SPLC

Orlando Shooting was Homophobic Terrorism



Matthew Shepard


Matthew Shepard (1976-1998) was a student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and left to die in the freezing cold near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998. He remained in critical condition in the hospital for several days until he died from severe head injuries at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.


Perpetrators Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with first degree murder following Shepard's death. Significant media coverage was given to the killing and what role Shepard's sexual orientation might have played as a motive in the commission of the crime. The prosecutor argued that McKinney's murder of Shepard was premeditated and driven by greed. McKinney's defense counsel countered that he had only intended to rob Shepard, but had killed him in a rage when Shepard made a sexual advance towards him. Both McKinney and Henderson were convicted of the murder and each sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. Following her son's murder, Judy Shepard became a prominent LGBTQ rights activist and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Shepard's death inspired notable films, novels, plays, songs, and other works.


Matthew Shepard Did Not Die in Vain

Wikipedia: History of Violence Against LGBTQ People

Info: Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

Broadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice

HRC Report: Hate Crimes and Violence Against LGBTQ People

Lesbian Family Viciously Murdered

Info: Encouragement for LGBTQ Youth in Crisis

Broadway for Orlando: Love Sweet Love

LGBTQ Nation: Gay Couple Endures Months of Attacks

GOP Candidate for Texas Governor Would Gladly Kill Gay People

10 Year Old Boy Tortured and Killed by Anti-Gay Parents

Info: Hate Crimes


Tyler Clementi


Tyler Clementi committed suicide September 22, 2010 apparently after discovering that his Rutgers University roommate, Dharun Ravi, and friend Molly Wei, live-streamed Clementi in a sexual encounter with another male student without his knowledge. After learning of the violation of his privacy Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge.


Ravi and Wei were charged with illegally taping Clementi having sex and posting the images on the internet, after they turned themselves in to the campus police. According to investigators, Ravi set up a web cam in the room to capture Clementi and his partner after Clementi asked to have the room alone for a few hours. Ravi broadcast the encounter on the internet.

CBS News: Tyler Clementi Suicide
NPR News: Student's Suicide is Deadly Reminder of Intolerance
NY Times: Private Moment Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump
Huffington Post: Rutgers Student Commits Suicide


Tragic Events



Lawrence King  -  15-year-old Lawrence King was murdered at school on February 12, 2008. On that morning, Lawrence was in the school’s computer lab with 24 other students. Classmate Brandon McInerney walked into the room with a gun and shot Lawrence in the head, then ran from the building. Police officers caught him a few blocks away. Friends say the reason was his sexual orientation and gender expression. The victim had said publicly that he was gay, classmates said, enduring harassment from a group of schoolmates, including the 14-year-old boy charged in his death.


Carl J. Walker-Hoover  -  On April 6, 2009, an 11-year old Massachusetts boy, Carl Walker-Hoover, took his life after enduring constant bullying, including anti-LGBTQ bullying. Though Carl did not identify as gay, his story is a tragic reminder that anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment affects all students. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a junior at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield, hanged himself after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother's weekly pleas to the school to address the problem.

Billy Jack Gaither  -  Billy Jack Gaither, 39, of Sylacauga, Alabama was bludgeoned to death by two men on February 19, 1999, then set on fire with automobile tires because he was gay.


Scotty Weaver  -  Scotty Weaver, 18 year old from Bay Minette, Alabama was found on July 22, 2004, beaten, strangled, stabbed and brutally burned. His roommates and childhood friend were arrested and charged with the heinous crime.


Danny Overstreet  -  On September 22, 2000, a man looking to "waste some faggots" entered a gay bar in Roanoke, Virginia and opened fire, killing Danny Overstreet, and injuring 6 others.


Brandon Teena  -  Born Teena Brandon and raised as a girl, he was living as a man known as Brandon Teena in Falls City, Nebraska, when he was murdered at age 21. In December of 1993, two men who discovered his gender raped him. His attackers later shot and killed him after learning Brandon had reported the rape and was to help police in the investigation. His story is told in the film, "Boys Don't Cry," starring Hilary Swank.


Wikipedia: History of Violence Against LGBTQ People

HRC Report: Hate Crimes and Violence Against LGBTQ People

Info: Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide

Trumphobia: Crisis Hotlines Flooded With Calls From Scared LGBTQ Teens

Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in Aftermath of Election

Info: Encouragement for LGBTQ Youth in Crisis

Trump Effect: Impact of the Presidential Election

New York Times: Groups Document More Than 860 Hate Incidents Since Elections

NY Daily News: Nearly 900 Hate Attacks Reported in 10 Days After Trump’s Election


Critical Incidents


September 2016 - Michael Phillips was attacked after leaving his job at a gay bar. He and his husband say they have been targeted for their orientation multiple times.


March 2016 - Elliot Morales was convicted of murder as a hate crime for killing Mark Carson, a gay black man, in Manhattan three years earlier. Mr. Morales had shouted anti-gay slurs at Mr. Carson and his companion before shooting him. A judge sentenced Mr. Morales to 40 years to life in prison.


August 2015 - Less than two months after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, a New York City man was arrested and charged with a hate crime for attacking Larry and Daniel Lennox-Choate, the first gay couple to be married at West Point Military Academy.


February 2015 – Taja DeJesus, 36, a trans woman, was found stabbed to death in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.


November 2015 -  In Palm Springs, CA, a gay married couple, George and Chris Zander, who were also LGBTQ leaders in their community, were assaulted outside a local nightclub. Palm Springs officials said they believed it was the second crime there that year that targeted LGBTQ people.

November 2013 – Sasha Fleischman, an 18-year-old, had her skirt set on fire while they were sleeping on an AC Transit bus in Oakland, California. Police arrested 16-year-old Richard Thomas and charged him with felony assault, with an enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury. Thomas admitted to police that he had started the fire and that he did it because he was "homophobic." Thomas was sentenced to seven years in juvenile detention for his crime.


June 2012 – Kardin Ulysse, a black 14-year-old boy, was attacked in the cafeteria of Roy Mann Junior High School in Brooklyn, New York, by another group of boys. He was called anti-gay slurs and sustained damage to the cornea of one of his eyes, leaving him blinded. Ulysse's parents sued New York City for failing to supervise its students properly.[184]

April 2012 – Paige Clay, 23, a black trans woman, was found dead, with a bullet wound to her face in West Garfield Park, Chicago. The death was ruled as a homicide.

December 2011 – The body of Githe Goines, a black 23-year-old trans woman who had been reported missing 2 weeks beforehand, was found in a scrapheap in New Orleans. An autopsy set that the time of her death as much as 2 days before her body was discovered, and that she had been strangled.

December 2011 – Charlie Hernandez, a 26-year-old who was openly gay, was stabbed to death following a brawl that included anti-gay slurs that occurred with two men after he accidentally stepped on some sunglasses.


November 2011 – Danny Vega, a 58-year-old Asian-American gay man who worked as a hairdresser in Rainier Valley, Seattle, was beaten and robbed as he was taking a walk. The beating left Vega in a coma from which he later died.


February 2006 – 18-year-old Jacob D. Robida entered a bar in New Bedford, Massachusetts, confirmed that it was a gay bar, and then attacked patrons with a hatchet and a handgun, wounding three. He fatally shot himself three days later.


July 1999 – Gay couple Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder were murdered by white supremacist brothers Matthew and Tyler Williams in Redding, California. Tyler Williams was sentenced to a minimum of 33 years in prison, to be served after his completion of a 21-year sentence for firebombing synagogues and an abortion clinic. Benjamin Williams claimed that by killing the couple he was "obeying the laws of the Creator". He committed suicide in 2003 while awaiting trial. Their former pastor described the brothers as "zealous in their faith" but "far from kooks."


February 1997 – The Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta, was bombed by Eric Robert Rudolph, the "Olympic Park Bomber." Five bar patrons were injured. In a statement released after he was sentenced to five consecutive life terms for his several bombings, Rudolph called homosexuality an "aberrant lifestyle".



March 1995 – Scott Amedure was murdered after revealing his attraction to his friend Jonathan Schmitz on a The Jenny Jones Show episode about secret crushes. Schmitz purchased a shotgun to kill Amedure and did so after Amedure implied he still was attracted to him.  Schmitz then turned himself in to police.


October 1992 – US Navy Petty Officer Allen Schindler was murdered by a shipmate who stomped him to death in a public restroom in Japan. Schindler had complained repeatedly about anti-gay harassment aboard ship. The case became synonymous with the debate over gay people serving in the US military that had been brewing in the United States culminating in the "Don't ask, don't tell" bill.


July 1990 – Julio Rivera was murdered in New York City by two men who beat him with a hammer and stabbed him with a knife because he was gay.


Info: Hate Crimes

HRC: Hate Crimes Timeline

Forty-Nine Times: Tribute to Orlando

Matthew Shepard: Wikipedia Article

California Man Kills 8 Year Old Boy for Being Gay

Orlando Attack and Common Violence Against LGBTQ People

Info: Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

NPR News: Student's Suicide is Deadly Reminder of Intolerance

Hands: Song for Orlando

Wikipedia: History of Violence Against LGBTQ People




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