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April 29, 2020

Violence Breaks Out Against Gays In Morocco After Stolen Photos Hit The Net



      Same-sex relations can be punished with up to three years in prison in Morocco
Gay men are being harassed and abused in Morocco after photos taken from gay chat apps were circulated online.
Photos spread after a social media influencer told her followers to make fake accounts on apps to see how common homosexuality is.
Homosexuality is illegal in the conservative Muslim country, which is in lockdown because of coronavirus.
The restrictions mean many men are unable to leave their homes where families abuse them, activists say.
One man, a student who returned from France during the lockdown, killed himself after being identified as gay, Moroccan media report.
Three LGBT organisations who support gay men in Morocco have told BBC News that men are being harassed and are at risk in the country after the photos spread.
Samir el Mouti runs a Facebook group called The Moroccan LGBT Community, which gives advice and support to LGBT people, many of whom conceal their sexuality.
The number of men reporting abuse and asking for help has increased since the online campaign began, says Mr Mouti, who left Morocco to study for a PhD in the UK.
One man contacted the Facebook group to say he feels like "a dead man".
"I'm in great trouble. Everyone knows now that I'm homosexual, and my neighbour sexually harassed me, so I decided to flee," he told the group.
"I have nowhere to go - especially during lockdown." 
The outings began when transgender model and influencer Sofia Taloni used an Instagram Live to encourage women in Morocco to set up fake accounts on gay chat apps.
In doing so, she said they would discover how many men use the platforms, including potentially "their husbands and brothers".
She said her aim was to call out hypocrisy in Moroccan society by showing people how many men are secretly gay in the country.
Many men use apps including Grindr as a way to connect in private, because LGBT organisations or meeting places are illegal in Morocco.
Now activists are encouraging men to close their accounts to protect themselves.
However, photos of men quickly started circulating on other social media platforms, resulting in their abuse and harassment. 
Ms Taloni herself had received the support of the Moroccan LGBT Community Facebook group in recent months, the group says. 
The LGBT community in Morocco routinely faces discrimination and violence, but this campaign coincides with lockdown and the holy month of Ramadan.
"It's a double-edged sword. You might be in lockdown with homophobic family, and with Ramadan, people are very concerned about morality, and things might get heated," Mr Mouti explains.
"A lot of people become a watchdog for so-called wrongdoings and they are outing people, calling on them to repent," Mr Mouti explains.
NGOs Nassawiyat and Kif Kif are also supporting men who have been outed.
If men feel forced out of their homes because of intimidation, they have nowhere to stay because hotels are closed and special permission is required to travel between cities, the organisations told BBC News.
Those who have not managed to leave their homes are in "severe situations" with their families, Nassawiyat explained.

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   Nassawiyat reported Ms Taloni's Instagram Live to Grindr and Facebook.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, has suspended Ms Taloni's account. The company told Reuters it was "taking proactive steps to find and remove other content like this".
But victims of abuse and harassment can expect no support from the police or government, activists say.
"The law is not on their side - that makes the situation dangerous because people cannot report crimes to the police and ask for protection," says Mr Mouti.
Human Rights Watch is calling on the Moroccan government to enforce the right to privacy and decriminalise same-sex relations.
"The Moroccan authorities should immediately step in to protect LGBT people's privacy and repeal anti-LGBT laws that can only fuel this homophobic behaviour," it said in a statement on Monday.
"What we've seen is just the tip of the iceberg - many people are suffering in silence," Mr Mouti says.

March 14, 2020

The Police Say in Sydney They Might Have A Suspect On The Murder of Gay 31 Y.O. Scott Johnson





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I want to publish this posting again. Ive seen a movie made on this murder and I have been posting on it as soon as I heard something from Austrralia on the 0ver 10 years I have been posting on this blog.. MY first posting was showing the cliff in Sydney in which gays felt the privacy and liberty to put on their briefs or even naked go down to the beach and sun in the afternoon sun. They did the same on top of the hil. There you had some cruising because you had grass and sand, which somehow turn many of us on..lol. I remember my days in Ft. Laudedale on the Hollywood beach. The last time I went they had gunpacking park police everywhere and they were not shy to say your shorts were too short. 

This was 2002. After 9/11. What I could not figure out is why Park police had a saying how you lay in private by the beach. After 9/11 they gave them the same powers as police. This was one of the decission that Mayor Rudy Giulliani, now a law braker with Trump himself. Nudity is one thing but having skimpy shorts? Iam sorry there was this guy that turns your head around and you know you do his but then loose track.  He called while I was in the moving truck towards New York City. He should have called before, I didn't call afraid to turn him down on a get together call. I wa so bussy getting my move together, it was not a simple thing but I need a book for that. May be if he called I could explain.  I lost coverage in NY and had to switch from ATT which I loved in Fl., to another carrier. I lost most of my list of calls and I lost his and he lost mine. That is life! But is one of those things you wish you could have done better.

These are things you do when you are single and I nor Steve Johnson deserve to be beaten up by the police or friends of the police because we are not straight. We do nothing different from the straight world but our world is spot-lighted as people that deserve death. 
Iam glad the family have stayed on this and now the police say they are working on it , no a suicide as reported, And might have one suspect. Actually it took more than one person to hide this murder. The police and the Australian media Particularly in Sydney are culpable of this.

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Homicide detectives are a step closer to solving the 1988 suspected gay-hate killing of Scott Johnson, with the chief police investigator confirming the search was now focused on one individual.

Mr Johnson's naked body was found at the base of a cliff near North Head on Sydney's northern beaches in December 1988.

Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.
Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.
 Steve Johnson, left, and Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans in 2018 on the cliff at North Head, the site of Scott Johnson's death.CREDIT:JESSICA HROMAS


Police initially concluded the 31-year-old US mathematician had died by suicide, but a 2017 coronial inquest found he had most likely been the victim of a "gay-hate attack".

More than 30 years after the first bungled police investigation into Mr Johnson's death, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Yeomans has confirmed the investigation had narrowed on a "particular individual". 

The last family photo of Scott Johnson.
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The last family photo of Scott Johnson.CREDIT:NSW POLICE

It comes after the NSW government raised a $100,000 reward for information to $1 million in 2018. The amount was then increased to $2 million on Tuesday when Mr Johnson's brother Steve agreed to match it.

"Since the reward was increased in December 2018, we have received an incredible amount of information from the community ... [and] we identified and revisited information relating to people who were known to have a specific bias around the time of Scott’s death," Chief Inspector Yeomans said.

He added that "there may have been bragging" about the events surrounding Mr Johnson's death.

"This has led us to some very specific lines of inquiry, with our current focus on a particular individual."

After campaigning for more than 30 years for justice after his brother's alleged murder, Steve Johnson said it was a "revelation". 
"This is the first time they have ever said that. It was very emotional, to tell you the truth," he said.

"To go for so long with an intransigent police force, totally uninterested in investigating my brother's death as a homicide, to a team clearly dedicated to solving it. And then to learn they are this close to solving it ... it leaves me hopeful and emotional."

An initial investigation in 1988 by the Manly Local Area Command found no suggestion of foul play in regard to Mr Johnson's death, before an inquest in 1989 determined that he had died by suicide.

On Tuesday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the original investigation was a reflection of "broken" community attitudes at the time when homosexuals were wrongly seen as "second-class citizens". 

After 30 years of waiting, NSW police are pursuing justice for my brother
"We're not proud of our history," Commissioner Fuller said of a number of police investigations linked to suspicious deaths in Sydney between 1976 and 2000, a third of which have since been found to have resulted from suspected or confirmed gay-hate bias.

Steve Johnson said it first became clear in February that investigators were making progress, although at the time he had "no idea they were focused on a certain person of interest."

"I asked what I could do to help ... that's when I proposed that I be the one to raise the reward to $2 million. I thought it was important to do that right now because they seemed to be on the brink of a breakthrough, so I thought I could give it one big push," he said.

"In my phone calls with DCI Yeomans over the last two months they became progressively more hopeful. These calls used to end with, 'Please don't get your hopes up.' They've stopped telling me that.

"Police are serious about solving this case. I would urge anyone with more information to please call Crime Stoppers."

 By Lucy Cormack on Sydney Morning Herald



March 10, 2020

Australia in 1988 Police said Suicide Various Coroner Findings The American Was Beaten and Thrown Down Clift

A $2 million reward is now on offer for information about the 1988 suspected gay-hate killing of Scott Johnson after his brother matched the reward announced by the NSW government in 2018.

It is the first time a victim's family has joined a police investigation with such an amount.

 Last Piture His Family had of Scott
 


Scott Johnson's death was determined in a third coronial inquest to have been the result of a gay-hate crime.
Mr Johnson's naked body was found at the base of a cliff near North Head on Sydney's northern beaches more than 30 years ago. His clothes were found neatly folded on the cliff top.

An extraordinary third coronial inquest into his death in 2017 found the young American mathematician died as a result of a gay-hate crime when he fell onto rocks in December 1988. It prompted a renewed investigation into his death alongside a $100,000 reward for information, a figure that was later increased tenfold.
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On Monday, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller joined Mr Johnson's brother Steve Johnson, who travelled from the US to announce that he and his family would match the government's reward, taking it to $2 million.

"We have never seen anything like this before, when a member of the community has come forward and joined the police force ... to help solve a terrible crime that happened in our town," Commissioner Fuller said. 

The 27-year-old American's body was found at the base of a 60-metre cliff at North Head on December 10, 1988.
 Scott Johnson, American in Sydney. Police found him at the edge of clift nicely folded and said 'suicide'. Americans who were  no firends of gays and knew that clift was a good stop for guys to sunbathe. Who beats them self up before jumping
of a clift? No one but police had no answer.
       
 

"We know there are people are out there with information and ... we haven't forgotten about Scott. It was my promise to Steve that we would leave no stone unturned."

Investigators say they are looking for two types of people: the person involved in the killing of Scott Johnson, and those informed.

At the time of Mr Johnson's death, police swiftly determined death by suicide, in an investigation Steve Johnson described as tantamount to a "brick wall".

"Not a single thing was done to investigate Scott's death. The scene was cleaned up without any photographs of the top of the cliff. His clothes were picked up [and] any DNA evidence ... notes or footprints or any of that was just left behind. So it was very frustrating," he said on Monday.

A coronial inquest in 1989 found Mr Johnson had died by suicide, while a second inquest in June 2012 returned an open finding.

It was only after the third inquest in 2017 that then-NSW coroner Michael Barnes found Mr Johnson had most likely been the victim of a "gay-hate attack".

"The evidence establishes ... there were gangs of men who habitually went to various locations around Sydney where they expected to find homosexual men with a view to assaulting them," Mr Barnes found.

The 2017 inquest heard from a number of male witnesses, including a succession of confessed or alleged gay bashers from the Narrabeen area.

One of the witnesses included a man who allegedly boasted about bashing an “American faggot” he and another man found masturbating at a beach near Manly in mid-December 1988. 
On Monday, Steve Johnson said that, despite his earlier criticisms, he had been greatly encouraged by the recent progress of the investigation because "everything has changed".

"I spent time with the investigative team ... in 2018. Not only did they understand the case very well, but they were also committed to solving it and this is quite a turnaround."

Commissioner Fuller said the police investigation of Mr Johnson's death was a reflection of "broken" community attitudes at the time that wrongly saw homosexuals as "second-class citizens". 

Scott Johnson died as a victim of a gay hate crime, third coronial inquest finds
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In June 2018, an extensive review of 88 suspicious deaths in Sydney between 1976 and 2000 revealed almost a third were the result of crimes involving suspected or confirmed gay-hate bias.

Mr Johnson's death was among them.

"We're not proud of our history in relation to some of those investigations," Commissioner Fuller said.

"We treat hate crime very differently today. We take action against people for those type of crimes."

He said a number of people had given evidence about the behaviour of gangs that had historically "trolled young men to bash".

"We know that they would have bragged about it. We also know that, as a result of the last [$1 million] reward, that more information came forward."

He said he hoped the additional $1 million would "shake the tree ... and bring Scott's murderer to justice".

December 23, 2019

15 Year Sentenced for Stealing and Burning Rainbow Flag from Church**Enough**Not?**


 

Hate crime enhancements meet three-strikes laws, and the consequences are terrible.


December 21, 2019

The Teen Perp Who Attacked A Couple of Girls They Would Not Kiss on London Bus, Been Let Off


Melania Geymonat and Christine Hannigan pictured after the homophobic bus attack
 Do You Remember these Girls? They got the perp...No jail
              

A teenager who attacked a lesbian couple on a night bus because they refused to kiss has been let off with a referral order. Melania Geymonat and Christine Hannigan were surrounded, pelted with coins, punched in the face several times, and subjected to sexual gestures on their way home in Camden, north London in May. The boy, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted targeting the women at a previous hearing. Today he was sentenced at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior and for stealing Ms. Geymonat’s handbag during the attack. He was sentenced to an eight-month youth referral order, 12 hours’ reparation and ordered to pay £220 in fines and prosecution costs. His sentence was increased from six to eight months due to the homophobic nature of the attack, the court heard. The teen shook his head as the prosecution described the ‘taunting’ and ‘degrading’ attack. Maria Slater, prosecuting, said the teenager refused to answer questions after his arrest. Reading a statement written by Melania, Ms. Slater said: ‘I’m feeling so angry and so upset right now. I’m feeling such a strong pain.’ The prosecutor added: ‘She said she felt hopeless at the time.’

Last month, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to a four-month youth rehabilitation order for his part in the attack. He will also face a 20-hour reparation requirement, similar to community service, and a two-week curfew and was advised to write a letter of apology to the two women who were attacked. The two teenagers along with a third boy, 15, admitted attacking the women shortly before a scheduled trial. Highbury Corner Youth Court was told last month that the 15-year-old approached the couple who were at the front of the N31 double-decker in north London in the early hours of 30 May. He then made a scissoring gesture towards them with his fingers before the attack. 

The 16-year-old took the handbag as the group fled the bus, the court heard. CCTV footage played in court showed the moment the teenagers targeted the two women. Melania Geymonat was punched in the face and had her handbag stolen (Picture: Metropolitan Police) CCTV captured the couple being surrounded by a group of teenagers on the N31 night bus in the early hours of 30 May (Picture: PA) Speaking after the sentencing today, DC Darren Barlow said: ‘No one should ever be victimized because of their sexuality and I hope that this result brings some form of closure to both victims and they can put this ordeal behind them.’ Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at TfL, said: ‘This sickening incident was utterly unacceptable. ‘Homophobic abuse is a hate crime and won’t be tolerated on our network. All of our customers have the right to travel without fear of verbal or physical abuse. ‘We hope this case reminds all of our customers that they should accept everyone for who they are and they have absolutely no right to abuse them.’ The 15-year-old will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court for his sentencing on 23 December.









September 27, 2019

NYPD Investigating Alleged Hate Crime in Which 2 Gay Customers Were Beaten





NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Jackson Heights, Queens.
The NYPD says two men eating together were beaten up at a restaurant.
The pair tell CBS2 they were eating at a restaurant on Roosevelt Avenue when a group of men started yelling anti-gay slurs at them.

The men say their angry workers didn’t step in to help, but the restaurant has a different story.
Alberto Cruz had to receive stitches for his wounds.
“A lot of blood,” the 36-year-old said.
“My nose is still broken,” said Daniel Dominguez.
The two men who are roommates say they were eating at Pollos Mario around 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 when a group of guys started yelling anti-gay slurs at them.
“Everything happened so fast from one minute to another we were surrounded by all of them. They hit me first. They hit me with a bottle or glass,” said Dominguez.
“It’s scary because five people around the table so obviously they’re going to do something,” Cruz added.
They allege none of the restaurant workers stepped in to help them.
Dominguez says he has pictures and videos of the men but police told him not to share anything yet. People with the restaurant say they have video too.
“You guys are not getting the whole story and I think it will come out,” said Jackeline Franco, an employee at Pollos Mario. “You cannot start something and then victimize yourself for it.
“The manager tried to stop the fight multiple times,” she said.
They too say they’re not allowed to share video yet.
Outside the restaurant, LGBTQ activists and other community organizations gathered including the newly created Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes in New York City.
“We will not tolerate discrimination particularly against the LGBTQ community,” said Deborah Lauter, executive director of the Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes.
Activists are calling for more resources to train local businesses on how to de-escalate situations like this confrontation.
“I’m still scared and nervous,” said Dominguez.
The group of men fled after the alleged attack. An investigation by the city’s hate crimes task force is still ongoing.

August 27, 2019

Eight Grader In Indiana Beat at Locker room Because of Him Being Gay




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An eighth-grader in Indiana says he was violently beaten by a classmate because he's gay.

"I was in the locker room after the third-period gym," the victim, a student at Alexandria-Monroe High School, told WISH Channel 8. "And the guy who attacked me was standing at my locker, being creepy. He asked, 'What are you doing?' I was like, 'I'm changing.'"

The eighth-grader, who requested anonymity identified his attacker as a 10th-grader. He said the two had gym together but were not friends and rarely interacted. 

"[He] started shoving me with his shoulder," the victim told WISH. "He hit me two times in the head and then hit my face against the mirror. And then [he hit me] a couple more times to my face—and then someone pulled him off." 

He believes the older student attacked him "because of my sexuality."

Two students recorded footage of the assault, authorities confirmed. The fact that they had their phones at the ready, says the victim, suggests it was a planned attacked.

On Friday Alexandria police confirmed they were investigating the incident but "[had] not uncovered any evidence" the victim's sexual orientation played a part, according to the network. "They're trying to say it's not a hate crime," the victim's mother told WISH. "Well, what else do you call it?"

She was on school grounds for a parent-teacher conference when the attack happened, was sent a clip of the assault by a friend.

"I thought I was going to throw up," she said. "In the video, you see my son is backed up against the wall, kind of like a corner of the concrete wall by the mirror. This kid's in front of him and there are kids on either side, blocking his escape. [The 10th-grader] just squats down and starts wailing on his face and head."

The video reportedly shows the student punching her son four times. "It all happened so fast," said the eighth-grader. "The whole thing lasted under a minute."

He reportedly suffered a broken nose, bruised eye, and scratches behind his ear. "I don't really feel anything yet," he said. "I'm kind of numb."

In a statement, Alexandria Community Schools superintendent Melissa Brisco said the district "was deeply troubled by Tuesday's assault."

"We want to assure our families and community that we will continue to work hard to provide a safe, caring and supportive learning environment for all our students," she added. As of Friday night, no charges had been filed. 


 An eighth grader in Indiana says he was violently beaten by a classmate because he's gay.

"I was in the locker room after third period gym," the victim, a student at Alexandria-Monroe High School, told WISH Channel 8. "And the guy who attacked me was standing at my locker, being creepy. He asked, 'What are you doing?' I was like, 'I'm changing.'"

The eighth grader, who requested anonymity identified his attacker as a 10th-grader. He said the two had gym together but were not friends and rarely interacted.

Classmates videoed the assault, violating the school's ban on phones, and texted it to others.
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"[He] started shoving me with his shoulder," the victim told WISH. "He hit me two times in the head and then hit my face against the mirror. And then [he hit me] a couple more times to my face—and then someone pulled him off."


He believes the older student attacked him "because of my sexuality."

Two students recorded footage of the assault, authorities confirmed. The fact that they had their phones at the ready, says the victim, suggests it was a planned attacked.

On Friday Alexandria police confirmed they were investigating the incident but "[had] not uncovered any evidence" the victim's sexual orientation played a part, according to the network. "They're trying to say it's not a hate crime," the victim's mother told WISH. "Well, what else do you call it?"

She was on school grounds for a parent-teacher conference when the attack happened, was sent a clip of the assault by a friend.

"I thought I was going to throw up," she said. "In the video, you see my son is backed up against the wall, kind of like a corner of the concrete wall by the mirror. This kid's in front of him and there are kids on either side, blocking his escape. [The 10th-grader] just squats down and starts wailing on his face and head."

The video reportedly shows the student punching her son four times. "It all happened so fast," said the eighth-grader. "The whole thing lasted under a minute."

He reportedly suffered a broken nose, bruised eye and scratches behind his ear. "I don't really feel anything yet," he said. "I'm kind of numb."

In a statement Alexandria Community Schools superintendent Melissa Brisco said the district "was deeply troubled by Tuesday's assault."

"We want to assure our families and community that we will continue to work hard to provide a safe, caring and supportive learning environment for all our students," she added. As of Friday night, no charges had been filed.

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A hate-crimes law signed in April by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb allows judges to impose harsher sentences for criminals who victimize others based on race, religion and sexual orientation, among other traits.
He believes the older student attacked him "because of my sexuality."
Two students recorded footage of the assault, authorities confirmed. The fact that they had their phones at the ready, says the victim, suggests it was a planned attacked.
On Friday Alexandria police confirmed they were investigating the incident but "[had] not uncovered any evidence" the victim's sexual orientation played a part, according to the network. "They're trying to say it's not a hate crime," the victim's mother told WISH. "Well, what else do you call it?"
She was on school grounds for a parent-teacher conference when the attack happened, was sent a clip of the assault by a friend.
"I thought I was going to throw up," she said. "In the video, you see my son is backed up against the wall, kind of like a corner of the concrete wall by the mirror. This kid's in front of him and there are kids on either side, blocking his escape. [The 10th-grader] just squats down and starts wailing on his face and head."
The video reportedly shows the student punching her son four times. "It all happened so fast," said the eighth-grader. "The whole thing lasted under a minute."
He reportedly suffered a broken nose, bruised eye and scratches behind his ear. "I don't really feel anything yet," he said. "I'm kind of numb."
In a statement Alexandria Community Schools superintendent Melissa Brisco said the district "was deeply troubled by Tuesday's assault."
"We want to assure our families and community that we will continue to work hard to provide a safe, caring and supportive learning environment for all our students," she added. As of Friday night, no charges had been filed.
A hate-crimes law signed in April by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb allows judges to impose harsher sentences for criminals who victimize others based on race, religion and sexual orientation, among other traits.

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