Tag: Matthew Shepard Act

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

44 Year Old Man Beats up 15 Year Old Boy for Being Gay

A 44 year old Bolingbrook, IL man was charged with aggravated battery and a hate crime after beating up a 15 year old boy while making derogatory remarks about the juveniles sexuality. The boy, who had apparently gone to the house to visit a friend, refused medical treatment; however, he did report the assault to his mother who contacted the police.


January 22, 2009 5