Category Archives: Hate Crimes

Do Laws Effectively Deter Anti-LGBT Attacks?

There are some stories that simply leave even the most cynical bloggers and journalists speechless. The brutal attack of a gay Chilean man earlier this month is one of them. Raúl Alfonso López Fuentes, Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia, Patricio Iván … Continue reading

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Fortuño Indicates Support for LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño indicated to reporters on Friday, Dec. 9, that he supports the island’s current hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The governor answered questions about the proposed changes to Puerto … Continue reading

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Human Rights Campaign Again Blasts Proposal to Remove LGBTs from Puerto Rico Hate Crimes Law

The country’s largest LGBT rights organization has once again blasted a proposed provision of Puerto Rico’s new penal code that would eliminate sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and other categories from the island’s hate crimes law. “It would be … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico House to Review Proposal to Remove LGBTs from Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rico House of Representatives President Jenniffer González announced on Monday, Dec. 5, that she would review a proposed provision to the penal code that would remove sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and ethnic ethnicity from the island’s hate … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Lawmakers Move to Remove LGBTs from Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rican lawmakers are poised to vote on a revised penal code this week that could eliminate LGBT-specific categories from the island’s hate crimes law. The Puerto Rico Senate late last month approved a provision that would eliminate sexual orientation, … Continue reading

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FBI: Nearly 20 Percent of Reported Hate Crimes in 2010 Motivated By Sexual Orientation

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, Nov. 14, noted that nearly a fifth of all reported hate crime incidents in 2010 were motivated by sexual orientation. Of the 6,624 hate crime incidents that the FBI documented in 2010, 19.3 … Continue reading

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Has Anything Changed in Puerto Rico Since Jorge Steven’s Murder?

Today marks the second anniversary of Puerto Rican gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado’s brutal murder. Juan José Martínez Matos stabbed Jorge Steven López Mercado to death on Nov. 13, 2009, before he decapitated, dismembered and partially burned his body. … Continue reading

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