Category: Hate Crimes

Tea Party Opponent of Gabrielle Giffords Called to Remove her by Shooting M16s

This morning Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a Safeway grocery store during a Congress at your Corner event. Prior to that, Tea Partier Sarah Palin had placed the congressperson on a “target” list for removal, noting on a map the congresspersons location with a gun site as…
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January 8, 2011 0

SAPD Admits Murder of Troy Martinez Clattenburg Was a Hate Crime (Finally).

As previously reported here, Troy Martinez Clattenburg of San Antonio, Texas, was shot in the back of the head. His murderer, Cody Carmichael, confessed to shooting Troy because Troy allegedly made sexual advances toward Cody. During the investigation, Detective Cardenas of the San Antonio Police Department continually denied that Troy’s murder was a hate crime and stated that it was not being investigated as such.


April 14, 2010 7

When is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime? – When SAPD Investigates

The San Antonio Police Department has refused to investigate the murder of Troy Martinez Clattenberg as a hate crime in spite of a confession from his murderer, Cody Carmichael, wherein Carmichael stated to police that he shot Clattenburg because the victim made sexual advances toward him.


March 20, 2010 21

Gay Student Beaten Because Administrators Ignored Pleas for Help

I don’t expect a lot from our public school system, particularly in Texas where they teach to the test. However, this takes the cake for irresponsibility.

Jayron Martin, a 16 year old freshman at Langham Creek High School, was told by a friend that a group of kids were going to attack him. He advised the administration and was told they would call the group into the office, but they didn’t.


November 19, 2009 2

San Antonio Man Murdered for Making Sexual Advances on Another Man

A San Antonio man was murdered in front of a local bar after he allegedly made a sexual advance toward another man. Enrique Santos, 22, has confessed to the murder of 50 year old, Jorge Sgetelmeg, stating that a fight broke out after Sgetelmeg purchased some beer for Santos. According to Santos’ confession and affidavit, Sgetelmeg and he were sharing the beer in his SUV. Sgetelmeg made a sexual advance at Santos and Santos punched him several times in the face before removing a rock from his pocket and hitting him several more times – then chocking the man with a neck tie.


November 14, 2009 2

When Wishes Come True – Hate Crimes Legislation Passes Senate

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act just passed the Senate. If Obama signs the legislation, it will be the first inclusive federal law on the books.

Today is also my birthday and this morning I joked on my Facebook that it would be fantastic if my birthday wish for passage of the Hate Crimes bill by the Senate came true.

A few moments ago, my wish became a reality.

I remember when Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay.


October 22, 2009 5

Senate Majority Leader Endorses National Equality March, Repeal of DADT and Passage of ENDA

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) has been busy lately fighting for social justice, health care reform and the rights and promotion of a peaceful society. In a September 20, 2009 letter to Derek Washington, Director of Diversity Outreach for the National Equality March, Senator Reid states:

“I will continue to work tirelessly to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, as well as to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. I will also continue to advocate for funding of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, research, and housing programs.”


October 3, 2009 4

The Face of Hatred – A Hate Crime Survivor

Michael was beaten on August 14, 2009. I can’t say it better than Michael:

“I thought it was very important that I do this video right away because I need to let people know that even though there is that much hatred in the world, I will continue to do good things for people.”


September 29, 2009 1

Vandals Attempt to Silence Pro-LGBT Messages.

Former marine, Tim Smith, is one of the many who have risked their life to defend this country’s freedom. However, in spite of his heroism, he was discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy. Having served in the marines, Tim Smith is no stranger to fighting. Rather than just roll over in the face of his discharge, he chose to become the face for a Memphis area billboard.


September 28, 2009 2

Cannon’s Killer Sentenced to 25 years for Manslaughter

Dwight DeLee was the first person to be prosecuted in Onondaga County New York under hate crimes legislation for the murder of Lateisha Green (who is often referred to in the media by her birth name, Moses Cannon).

Lateisha, or Teish as she was known by friends, and her brother, Mark Cannon, had received a call from a friend to come over to talk. They headed to the Seymour Street address and were still talking with the girl when the gunman walked up to the care and fired.


August 18, 2009 1