In the first week of June, the killings of two gay men and a transgendered woman in Detroit and a gay man outside Atlanta have highlighted an alarming uptick in attacks against LGBTQ people and hate crimes in general, activists say. We know that the discrimination of LGBT folks is at an all time high. On Thursday, year-old Devon Robinson was charged in connection with the May 25th fatal shooting of three people in a home in east Detroit: two gay men Alunte Davis, 21, Timothy Blancher, 20, and a transgender woman, Paris Cameron, Georgia Equality's Graham noted that visibility for the LGBTQ community is especially high this month, particularly because the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots against a police raid of an iconic gay bar is on June Despite the progress against homophobia on many fronts, "amidst all the good, there tends to be a backlash," Graham said. In May, the Trump administration announced plans to strip Obama-era health care regulations that provided nondiscrimination protections for transgender patients.
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The three people thought to be responsible for the brutal murder of a gay man in Belgium over the weekend are all teenage boys. Each of the boys, two of whom are 17 years old and one of whom is 16, turned themselves into police on Sunday, the day after the murder, according to De Standaard. They were interrogated on Monday and will be brought to trial in juvenile court Tuesday, where a judge could decide that ordinary juvenile justice measures are not sufficient enough, and instead have them tried as adults because they are between the ages of 16 and The murder took place in a park in the East Flemish city of Beveren, near Antwerp, where the three teenagers are thought to have lured year-old David Polfliet under the pretense of a date arranged using the gay dating app Grindr. The victim was badly beaten and fatally stabbed. A cyclist found his body the following day and called police.
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One in six gay or bisexual people — about , individuals — has been victim of a homophobic hate crime or incident in the past three years, according to a report to be published this week. The alarming findings, based on a YouGov poll of 2, gay people and published in the Gay British Crime Survey , will reinforce calls for the problem to be taken more seriously. The poll, commissioned by gay rights charity Stonewall, found that two-thirds of victims of hate crime did not report the incident to anyone.
Russia has experienced an upsurge in homophobic vigilantism following the introduction of legislation outlawing "homosexual propaganda" in June, gay and lesbian groups say. The new laws, which have cast a shadow over the Winter Olympics to be held in Sochi early next year, ban the promotion of "non-traditional sexual relations" among minors. Activists say the legislation has emboldened rightwing groups who use social media to "ambush" gay people, luring them to meetings and then humiliating them on camera — sometimes pouring urine on them. These groups often act against gay teenagers, several of whom told the Guardian that rising homophobia and vigilante activity force them to lead lives of secrecy.