A spate of high-profile attacks on the LGBT community has rattled rights groups in France and alarmed politicians ahead of a sensitive parliamentary debate on giving lesbian couples access to fertility treatment. Some three thousand people attended a rally in central Paris on Sunday to denounce assaults on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people and demand urgent action from the government. A minute of silence was observed in memory of transgender sex worker Vanessa Campos, who was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne, a park on the city's western fringes, in August.
So we turn into Blues Avenue, then into Suraska Street. Just before the square, we can see gangs of thugs 10 metres ahead of us, attacking people: a large guy in a red balaclava is kicking everyone in sight, including some teenage girls, with the full weight of his body. We take refuge in a pharmacy.
Amid tight security, the march passed off peacefully. But that incident, inwas the start of a two-year campaign of intimidation and violence during which members of the strong group were threatened, beaten up and stabbed. Despite the risks, the displaced activists refused to back down.
Prejudice can exist wherever there is any kind of difference between people. Prejudice based on gender is called sexism. Both women and men can be victims of this, but it is more common for women to be the victims.
Most people know what a hate crime is and many are aware that the FBI publishes annual statistics on such crimes. As the modern movement for sexual minority rights developed in the s, however, and gay and lesbian communities organized and attained greater visibility throughout the United States, sexual minority advocates were increasingly successful in challenging this worldview. They called upon society to reject the idea that violence was a routine consequence of being gay and instead to view antigay attacks like other instances of murder, assault, robbery, and vandalism — that is, as crimes for which blame and punishment should be directed at the perpetrators, not the victims.
Foreword Each year some men are murdered in Australia because they are homosexual. The Australian Institute of Criminology has collected data on all homicides coming to police attention in Australia as part of the National Homicide Monitoring Program. Using these datasets, this paper compares the victims and offenders in gay-hate related homicides with other male homicides in New South Wales and finds that the victims are generally older than other male homicide victims and are more likely to have been beaten to death.
When I came out as gay in my sophomore year of college, I absolutely loved going to Tigerheat — a kitschy and-over gay club in Los Angeles. I mostly remember my nights there as frivolous fun, but they also had deeper meaning. I danced wildly to Britney Spears in the fog and strobe lights, made out with beautiful men and bonded with college friends who came along.
New research from the Center for American Progress shows that LGBT people across the country continue to experience pervasive discrimination that negatively impacts all aspects of their lives. In response, LGBT people make subtle but profound changes to their everyday lives to minimize the risk of experiencing discrimination, often hiding their authentic selves. Over the past decade, the nation has made unprecedented progress toward LGBT equality.