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Texas Man Takes Plea Bargain in Grindr Robbery Conspiracy

Texas Man Takes Plea Bargain in Grindr Robbery Conspiracy

By Kilian Melloy | Oct 15, 2021

A 22-year-old Texas man accepted a plea deal that puts him in jail for the next 23 years for his role in a conspiracy carried out by him and three others to use Grindr to lure, rob, and assault their victims.

Judge Denies Josh Duggar Bid to Dismiss Child Porn Charges

Judge Denies Josh Duggar Bid to Dismiss Child Porn Charges

Sep 30, 2021

A federal judge has denied motions seeking to dismiss child pornography charges against former reality TV star Josh Duggar.

Trans Woman of Color Briana Hamilton Murdered in Chicago

Trans Woman of Color Briana Hamilton Murdered in Chicago

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 26, 2021

The year's toll of anti-trans violence has climbed to at least 37 victims with the shooting death of Brianna Hamilton in Chicago.

Spreading HIV is Against the Law in 37 States, with Penalties Ranging Up to Life in Prison

Spreading HIV is Against the Law in 37 States, with Penalties Ranging Up to Life in Prison

Sep 24, 2021

Despite the fact that HIV is now a treatable medical condition, the majority of U.S. states still have laws on the books that criminalize exposing other people to HIV.

Hold the Hate: Door Dash Driver Arrested after Homophobic Slurs

Hold the Hate: Door Dash Driver Arrested after Homophobic Slurs

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 24, 2021

A DoorDash delivery driver in Sandwich, Massachusetts has been charged after scrawling harassing comments on the wrapping paper of a Subway sandwich order he delivered to a gay couple.

Families Recount Trauma at Sentencing for School Shooter

Families Recount Trauma at Sentencing for School Shooter

By James Anderson | Sep 18, 2021

A judge on Friday sentenced a former student to life in prison without parole for a 2019 shooting inside a suburban Denver high school that killed one teenager and injured eight others.

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 17, 2021

Violence has claimed another transgender woman's life, this time in Illinois, with the shooting death of D'isaya Monaee Smith. Her death marks the 36th known trans murder this year.

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Sep 16, 2021

A diner at a high-end Manhattan restaurant was shot in the leg during a stickup in the eatery's outdoor seating area, police said.

Militia Leader to be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

Militia Leader to be Sentenced in Minnesota Mosque Bombing

By Amy Forliti | Sep 13, 2021

The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say masterminded the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque is to be sentenced Monday for several civil rights and hate crimes in an attack that terrified a community.

Watch: Georgia High Schooler Faces Charges after Pride Flag Attack

Watch: Georgia High Schooler Faces Charges after Pride Flag Attack

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 7, 2021

In an incident caught on video, a Georgia high school student is facing charges, including simple battery and disorderly conduct, after grabbing a Pride flag from another student and knocking him down, and then tossing the flag into a garbage can.

Report: Filmmaker Kitano's Car Attacked by Man with Pickax

Report: Filmmaker Kitano's Car Attacked by Man with Pickax

Sep 6, 2021

Tokyo police have arrested a man who allegedly attacked a car carrying Japanese entertainment icon Takeshi Kitano with a pickax, though nobody was injured, according to media reports.

Women Say They Met Porn Actor Jeremy for Fun; Rape Came Next

Women Say They Met Porn Actor Jeremy for Fun; Rape Came Next

By Andrew Dalton | Sep 6, 2021

Adult film actor Ron Jeremy leveraged the novelty of his celebrity to meet and often isolate women who he raped and sexually assaulted, using the same tactics for years, according to grand jury testimony from 21 women that was unsealed Saturday.

Florida Gunman Killed 4, Including Mom Still Holding Baby

Florida Gunman Killed 4, Including Mom Still Holding Baby

By Kelli Kennedy | Sep 6, 2021

Four people are dead including a mother still cradling her now-deceased baby after a massive gunfight early Sunday with a former Marine a Florida sheriff said was "ready for battle."

Watch: London Preacher Guilty of Hate Crime for Homophobic Tirade

Watch: London Preacher Guilty of Hate Crime for Homophobic Tirade

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 2, 2021

A cleric who entered into a six-minute tirade in London has been found guilty of a hate crime after calling a gay man "filth" and "worse than a terrorist," and accusing him of "spreading AIDS".

Man Climbs on Castro Theatre Sign to Strip, Masturbate & Vandalize Historic Marquee

Man Climbs on Castro Theatre Sign to Strip, Masturbate & Vandalize Historic Marquee

Sep 2, 2021

A man climbed onto the marquee of the landmark Castro Theatre Tuesday where he stripped naked, masturbated, damaged the neon lights on the marquee and created a stir for 90-minutes before being removed.

Misspelling of Moderna Leads to Tourist's Arrest in Hawaii

Misspelling of Moderna Leads to Tourist's Arrest in Hawaii

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher | Sep 2, 2021

A 24-year-old Illinois woman submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to visit Hawaii with a glaring spelling error that led to her arrest: Moderna was spelled "Maderna," according to court documents.

Pooh Johnson Shot Dead in Shreveport, 35th Known Anti-Trans Murder of 2021

Pooh Johnson Shot Dead in Shreveport, 35th Known Anti-Trans Murder of 2021

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 2, 2021

Pooh Johnson, 25, was shot and killed on Aug. 23 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her death marks the 35th known trans or gender-nonconforming person to be murdered in 2021.

Report: Anti-Trans Violence Soars Even as Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Decrease

Report: Anti-Trans Violence Soars Even as Anti-Gay Hate Crimes Decrease

By Kilian Melloy | Sep 1, 2021

A new report on hate crimes statistics for 2020 shows that while crimes motivated by sexual orientation decreased slightly last year, anti-trans violence and harassment continues to rise.

'AntiVaxMomma' Accused of Selling Bogus Vaccination Cards

'AntiVaxMomma' Accused of Selling Bogus Vaccination Cards

Aug 31, 2021

A New Jersey woman calling herself the AntiVaxMomma on Instagram sold several hundred fake COVID-19 vaccination cards at $200 a pop to New York City-area jab dodgers, including people working in hospitals and nursing homes.

Is It a Crime to Forge a Vaccine Card? And What's the Penalty?

Is It a Crime to Forge a Vaccine Card? And What's the Penalty?

Aug 31, 2021

In practice, the law gives prosecutors and judges huge discretion on how to charge and sentence offenders. But for years, it's been a federal crime to make or use "any materially false writing in any matter involving a health care benefit program."

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