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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.

FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics: 57.8% of Victims Were Gay Men

FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics: 57.8% of Victims Were Gay Men

Hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased by about 17% last year compared to 2016, according to statistics released Tuesday by the FBI.

The statistics, which were released in the bureau’s annual “Hate Crime Statistics” report, are a compilation of bias-motivated incidents submitted to the FBI by 16,149 law enforcement agencies.

Victims of Hate Crime Incidents

  • There were 7,106 single-bias incidents involving 8,493 victims. A percent distribution of victims by bias type shows that 59.6 percent of victims were targeted because of the offenders’ race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 20.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias; 15.8 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ sexual-orientation bias; 1.9 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ disability bias; 1.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ gender identity bias; and 0.6 percent were victimized because of the offenders’ gender bias. (Due to rounding, percentage breakdowns may not add to 100.0 percent.)
  • Sixty-nine (69) multiple-bias hate crime incidents involved 335 victims.
The report found that 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 reported incidents in 2016. While the number has increased, the number of agencies reporting also increased by about 1,000.

Under the Sexual Orientation category gay men were the number 1 targeted group with almost 60% of the hate crimes attributed against them.

Sexual-orientation bias (Based on Table 1.) 

Of the 1,338 victims targeted due to sexual-orientation bias:

  • 57.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-gay (male) bias.
  • 24.9 percent were victims of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (mixed group) bias.12.3 percent were victims of anti-lesbian bias 2.8 percent were victims of anti-heterosexual bias. 2.2 percent were victims of anti-bisexual bias.

And before Tony Perkins or some other Christo-facist nutbag picks up on “20.6 percent were targeted because of the offenders’ religious bias.” to scam and grift with. I have included the stats below to show that its not their “religion” which was targeted

Religious bias (Based on Table 1.) 

Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:

  • 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
  • 18.6 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
  • 4.3 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
  • 3.3 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
  • 2.3 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
  • 1.8 percent were victims of anti-Other Christian bias.


DC Police Search for Suspects in 3 Anti-Gay Attacks

DC Police Search for Suspects in 3 Anti-Gay Attacks

D.C. police are searching for suspects in a string of suspected anti-gay hate crimes that have the Capital’s gay community on edge.

On Sunday during Memorial Day weekend, a suspect called two men anti-gay slurs and punched one of them in the face.  The attack happened at around 6:28 p.m. on 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue in Northwest D.C.

A week before on May 20, police say a group of men repeatedly kicked a man after pushing him to the ground and calling him a homophobic slurs at Sherman Avenue and Harvard Street, NW.

The worst anti-gay attack happened to two gay men on U Street and was captured on cellphone video in mid-April. Several people were seen pushing, punching and kicking the victims. The attack caused one of the victims to be knocked out while the other broke his nose. The three attackers then ran off before two Good Samaritans come to the aid of the man who was unconscious.

Police have not made arrests in any of those attacks, but both Capital Pride organizers and D.C. police say safety is a top priority for next weekend’s Capital Pride Festival.

“We want to make sure that everyone knows that you can come and there will be safety measures that will be taken care of for you and for everybody who is going to be there,” said Ashley Smith, president of the Capital Pride Alliance. “We want you to be there because this for a lot of people is their very first time coming to a Pride situation in any city and this is something that they may be fearful of being able to come out and this is their way of coming out. So we really do want you to be able to come and have an enjoyable time, a safe time while we are all there celebrating the elements of us.”

“What we want to do is to ensure people that we are investigating thoroughly, that we are leaving no stone unturned and that we are just imploring anyone that has any information surrounding any of these crimes that are committed, but especially these bias-related crimes, to come forward,” said D.C. Police Lt. Brett Parson.

There has been a 67 percent increase in hate crimes between 2016 and 2017 in the District along with a 40 percent increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation.

DC Police say they do not believe the three recent suspected anti-gay attacks are connected. 

All suspects being sought are described as being African american males between the ages of 20 and 40 years old.