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FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

FBI Searches For Suspects In Threats Against LGBT Businesses in St. Louis

The FBI is now involved in the search for who is responsible for making threats to three LGBT businesses in St Louis and a venue that was set to host a drag performer story time.

Urban Fort a play place for children with a cafe for adults has rescheduled and relocated its book reading event for kids with Drag performers due to safety concerns.

“Urban Fort is a place of acceptance and inclusion. Drag Storytime registrations are closed and the event has been moved to an undisclosed date, time and location to protect our patrons and employees,” owner, Megan King-Popp said. “We are concerned and dismayed with the violent threats our business and employees have received from opposition groups, and we’ve increased our security as a result.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Andrew Bailey demanded Missouri schools ban drag shows for school children.

The co-owner of Prism an LGBT bar and club said he too had death threats made against him by an anonymous callers: “It’s frustrating because we’re just people trying to be ourselves, trying to enjoy our lives,” said Sean Abernathy, Prism’s co-owner. “We’re not out to hurt anybody, but it feels like it’s a lot of people out to hurt us.”

Ryan Klinghammer a transgender man and performs in drag shows added: “My community is here. We’re not going anywhere.”

LOUISIANNA: Dahmer Copycat Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison After Using GRINDR to Bait Victims

LOUISIANNA: Dahmer Copycat Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison After Using GRINDR to Bait Victims

A 21-year-old Louisianna man who targeted gay and bisexual men on a dating application with the intent to kidnap, kill, and dismember them recently pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to over four decades in prison.

Chance Seneca used the gay dating application Grindr to meet with one of his victims, the Department of Justice announced. Seneca reportedly drove the victim to an “isolated house, took out a handgun, instructed him to put on handcuffs, and then used several methods to attempt to murder him.” Seneca believed the victim was dead and tried to dismember him.”

The Justice Department said Seneca acknowledged that this fascination “led him to spend months designing a murder-kidnapping scheme that mirrored the murders of gay men committed by the notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.” Seneca reportedly planned to eat and preserve the remains of his victims.

Seneca had allegedly kidnapped two other men. One of Seneca’s victims, an 18-year-old man identified as Holden White, was found in a bathtub with strangulation marks on his neck and his “wrists slit to the bone.” Due to the attack, White was in a coma for three days and remained hospitalized for nearly a month.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said, “The facts of this case are truly shocking, and the defendant’s decision to specifically target gay men is a disturbing reminder of the unique prejudices and dangers facing the LGBTQ+ community today. The internet should be accessible and safe for all Americans, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. We will continue to identify and intercept the predators who weaponize online platforms to target LGBTQ+ victims and carry out acts of violence and hate.”

On Jan. 25, the Justice Department announced that Seneca had been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison. The decision was made by the court based on “many factors,” including that Seneca specifically targeted his victims based on their gender and sexual orientation.

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Man Sentenced to 30 Years In Prison for Threatening To Blow Up The Stonewall Inn

Man Sentenced to 30 MONTHS In Prison for Threatening To Blow Up The Stonewall Inn

A 74-year-old retired schoolteacher from a New York City was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday for mailing dozens of violent threats to LGBT affiliated individuals, groups and businesses over several years. Including a threat to blow up the historic Stonewall Inn.

Via FOX News: Fehring pleaded guilty in February to mailing threatening communications through the postal service. “We are disappointed in the length of the sentence, but Mr. Fehring is happy to be putting this nightmare behind him,” his attorney, Glenn Obedin, said in an email. “He is deeply remorseful for what occurred, and looks forward to living quietly with his family once he has served his sentence.”

Fehring also threatened to place explosives at 2021 New York City Pride march that would “make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting look like a cakewalk,” referring to the 2016 attack in which 49 people were killed and dozens wounded at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“Robert Fehring made heinous threats against members of the LGBTQ community in locations throughout New York, including Suffolk County, for nearly eight years,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said in a statement. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our department’s Hate Crimes Unit detectives and the diligent work of our law enforcement partners, Fehring is being held accountable for his crimes.”

An FBI search of Fehring’s home last November in Long Island, yielded two loaded shotguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in addition to copies of letters containing threats. Investigators also found a stamped envelope addressed to an LGBT-affiliated attorney containing the remains of a dead bird, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.

Gay History – July 21, 1958: New Orleans Launches Raids Against French Quarter Gay Bars

The City of New Orleans, Louisiana might be known as he Big Easy today but as in many cities throughout the country during the 1950s, members of the homosexual community in New Orleans were often victims of violence and were often arrested because of their sexuality.  The “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (“Let the good times roll.”) mindset didn’t extend to the city’s gay citizens, and much like other major cities across the nation, anti-gay campaigns often heated up ahead of local elections.

In n 1958, city councilmen complained that the police were sitting on their hands while the French Quarter was being invaded by roving bands of homosexuals, allegedly from other cities since, apparently, such a thing was unheard of there, the city’s storied tolerance for sexual eccentrics in music, literature and the arts notwithstanding. One councilman complained of “men with blondined hair and awful looking people all day and all night in the French Quarter,” and wondered why police had only made 86 arrests in two years on charges of lewd behavior or wearing women’s clothing. Police Supt. Provosty A. Dayries responded, “You can’t just point to someone and say he or she is a deviate — that is one of the frustrating things about the problem.”

Amid complaints about lax police enforcement and courts that insisted that those arrested should be charged with something specific and based on real evidence, Mayor Morrison appointed his half-brother, Jacob Morrison to head a citizen’s committee to look into the problem. With pressure increasing across all sectors of city government, Supt. Dayries launched a raid against known “deviate bars,” arresting eighteen people (mostly bar employees) on charges of vagrancy, disturbing the peace, and “no visible means of support.” Thirty others were warned to stay away. While most of the charges were dropped the next day the city’s principal newspaper, the Times Picayune, would publish (their) names and address…under the heading, ‘Crimes Against Nature.

Two months later in September  three Tulane undergrads wanted to  partake of “time honored tradition, for fraternities” called “rolling a queer.”  Fernando Rios a Mexico City-based tour guide was thier chosen victim. He was beaten and robbed in an alleyway, left unconscious on the sidewalk, and died later that day. During January of 1959, his assailants were charged but acquitted under the “gay panic” defense, and the courtroom cheered.

Source: Box Turtle Review

Right Wing Extremist Ethan Schmidt Who Threatened To Shoot LGBT's @ TARGET Arrested.

Right Wing Extremist Ethan Schmidt Who Threatened To Shoot LGBT’s @ TARGET Arrested.

A right-wing extremist who threatened to “hunt” down and shoot LGBTQ+ Americans and their supporters at TARGET’s “across Phoenix, Arizona” was arrested over the weekend for a separate case, the Mesa Police Department said.

Via The Daily News:

Ethan Schmidt was taken into custody on Saturday during the March for our Lives demonstration at the Arizona State Capitol for reportedly failing to comply with a court order stemming from a case back in January, local television station KSAZ-TV reported. “On the original case, he was charged for violating an order against harassment. A local business had taken out an order against harassment on Ethan and he had been served with the paperwork. Ethan allegedly violated the order by contacting the business after being served. He was charged with a misdemeanor and a warrant was issued for his arrest,” police said.

Last month we reported here that Schmidt appeared in a video shared on social media saying that he would expose “satanic Pride shrines” across the country, and would “find and kill” all the LGBT supporters and all the employees that support it.”

““I also like to hunt LGBT supporters on my free time. That’s one of my favorite pastimes,” he continued, saying that he was going to go on “hunting expeditions pretty soon, hunting the LGBT supporters across Arizona and Phoenix … If you support the LGBT agenda, you’re not safe.” – Ethan Schmidt

Schmidt was reported to various government agencies after his threats to kill were posted. There is no word if the FBI ever looked into it all.

FBI Releases Annual Hate Crime Data: Crimes Against Gay Men Rise for Third Straight Year

FBI Releases Annual Hate Crime Data: Crimes Against Gay Men Rise for Third Straight Year

The FBI has released it’s annual report on hate crimes showing that, broadly, hate crimes rose 2.7 percent in 2019 . While crimes targeting people for their sexual orientation ticked up only slightly it shows a higher percentage of hate crimes were perpetrated against gay men for the third straight year raising from 57.8% in 2017 to 61.8% in 2019.

Hate crimes against lesbians, bisexual, and transgender  individuals remained unchanged.

Sexual-orientation bias (Based on Table 1.)

Of the 1,429 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias:

61.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias.
25.0 percent were victims of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.
10.0 percent were victims of anti-lesbian bias.
1.9 percent were victims of anti-bisexual bias.
1.3 percent were victims of anti-heterosexual bias.

Gender-identity bias (See Table 1.)
Of the 189 victims of gender-identity bias:
160 were victims of anti-transgender bias.
29 were victims of anti-gender non-conforming bias

FBI 2019 Annual Report on Hate Crime Statistics

The 2019 data also showed a significant increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, rising 14 percent from the previous year, which accounted for almost all growth in religiously motivated bias crimes.

Hate Crimes Rise Almost 10% in Top 30 American Cities

Hate Crimes Rise Almost 10% in Top 30 American Cities

The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, headquartered at California State University in Santa Barbara has released a new report  showing that hate crimes rose over 9% in 30 major American cities in 2018. That is the steepest rise since 2015 and the total number of hate crimes has now gone up for the fifth consecutive year. 

The most common victims for hate crime reported to police in 2018 were gay men, people of color, and members if the Jewish community. In line with an international rise in antisemitic hate crime, Jews were the direct target of half of all extremist homicides in 2018 and it has now become the worst year for antisemitic killings in the United States.

There were 2,009 hate crimes across all 30 cities last year compared to 1,836 in 2017. The growing extent of the problem was highlighted by the fact that 2018 marked a 42% increase over the 2010 total of 1,417 and a 51% increase over 2013’s decade low of 1,324. New York had the most incidents out of all 30 cities with 361, though that is not too surprising given the size and concentration of its population.

3rd. Man Charged In Violent Kidnapping, Robbery and Torture Spree of 9 Gay Men in Dallas

3rd. Man Charged In Violent Kidnapping, Robbery and Torture Spree of 9 Gay Men in Dallas

A third Dallas man has been charged with federal hate crimes in connection with a string of violent kidnappings and robberies targeting gay men in December 2017.

The violent kidnapping and robbery spree came to an end after one of the nine victims, who were all abducted from a Home Depot parking lot where they “were attempting to meet up with what they believed was a 19-year-old Latin male” from the Grindr escaped his abductors and called 911

When Dallas PD arrived where that victim had been held, they found four other victims lying face down in an empty bedroom. One of them had blood all over his face.

Daryl Henry, the most recently arrested, is charged with nine counts, including conspiracy to commit hate crimes, kidnapping and carjacking; hate crimes, aiding and abetting; and kidnapping, aiding and abetting, court records show.

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered him held without bond pending trial. If convicted, Henry faces up to life in federal prison for the “gruesome” crimes, a prosecutor said.

Also charged in the case are Daniel Jenkins, 19, and Michael Atkinson, 24.

Atkinson pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit hate crime acts and kidnapping in exchange for an agreement from prosecutors to not seek more than 23 years in prison, according to court records.

The men were robbed, pistol-whipped, beaten and sexually assaulted, federal authorities said. At least two victims were smeared with feces and urinated on. . Another was sexually assaulted with an object, prosecutors said.

In every case, the suspects forced the victim to withdraw money from an ATM at gunpoint, a police affidavit said.

We at Back2Stonewall would like to give the following advice. If you insist on having GRINDR or other “dating”apps hook-ups. PLEASE meet in a public setting such as a restaurant or bar where people can see who you leave with. You can never be too careful. Especially these days.

Study Shows That Hate Crimes Increased 226% in Places Where Trump Held Campaign Rally's in 2016

Study Shows That Hate Crimes Increased 226% in Places Where Trump Held Campaign Rallies in 2016

Business Insider is reporting that a study done by scientists at the University of North Texas is claiming that US counties where Donald Trump held a campaign rally in 2016 saw a 226% increase in reported hate crimes over similar counties that did not hold a rally,.

The study measured the correlation between counties that hosted a 2016 campaign rally and the crime rates in the months that followed. The scientists used the Anti-Defamation League’s map that measures acts of violence and compared the counties that hosted a rally with others that had similar characteristics, including minority population (including the LGBT community), location, and active hate groups.

The “Trump effect” as it is being called according to the ADL’s 2016 data, included reports of vandalism, intimidation and assault in it’s findings.

The FBI’s Universal Crime report in 2017, reported that overall across America hate crimes increased 17 percent over 2016. Recent research also shows that reading or hearing Trump’s statements of bias against particular groups makes people more likely to write offensive things about the groups he targets.

Florida Family Beats Gay Man For Dating Son. Man Nearly Killed, Loses Sight.

Hate Crimes Against Gay Men in Washington DC Have TRIPLED Since Trump Took Office.

According to new data released by Washington DC’s Metro Police the number of anti-LGBT hate crimes reported in 2018 have doubled and in some cases  tripled since Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.

Also the number of anti-LGBT hate crimes reported in D.C. in 2018 amounted to nearly half the total number of all hate crimes reported in the city such as those based on a victim’s, ethnicity , race, or religion.

The police data show that most of the cases for each of the past three years in D.C. involved hate crimes against gay men or because of the victim’s sexual orientation. Crimes targeting transgender people also rose but made up fewer cases.

The reported cases based on sexual orientation in the District included 61 in 2018, 56 in 2017, and 20 in 2016.

A recent study by the California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism reported  that hate crimes have increased in many cities across the country over the past two years.  The report says anti-LGBT hate crimes similar to D.C. are most prevalent in many other cities.

Under Washington,  D.C.’s hate crimes law a person found guilty of a “bias related” or hate crime may be fined up to one and a half times the maximum fine and imprisoned for up to one and a half times the maximum prison term for the underlying crime such as assault, murder or other crimes with a hate crime attachment.