Topics :: crime

California First State to Ban 'Gay Panic' Defense

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Sep 1, 2014
Fair warning to all gay-bashers who want to blame their crime on the 'scary lesbian' they just killed: California just became the first state to pass a ban on using the "gay panic" defense to reduce a murder charge.

Crime Data Show Declines, Stability

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Sunday Aug 31, 2014
Data on incidents pulled from the San Francisco Police Department's website and analyzed by the Bay Area Reporter show that overall incidents have largely decreased over the past six months or remained stable.

Witness Describes Attack on Gay Man

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Saturday Aug 30, 2014
Almost a week after releasing photos of a person of interest in the death of a San Francisco gay man, police still have not made any arrests.

Is Accused Killer Using Social Media to Stay Ahead of the Law?

By AP | Saturday Aug 23, 2014
Ramsey County authorities say the man suspected of shooting and killing his former lover early last week is likely relying on social media to find shelter while on the run from authorities.

Police Arrest Five in Anti-Gay Attack Before Manchester Pride

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Aug 21, 2014
The police have arrested five people in an alleged hate crime on Canal Street that happened days before Manchester Pride, one of the biggest gay events in the UK.

Six LGBT Ugandans Reportedly Stoned to Death

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
Human rights activists are still trying to confirm whether six LGBT Ugandans were reportedly stoned to death last weekend in rural Uganda.

UK Dad Arrested For Anti-Gay Facebook Post, Says He's Not Homophobic

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 6, 2014
A British dad arrested for his July 14 anti-gay rant on Facebook says he's not homophobic -- he was just having a bad day.

SF Accounting Prof. Accused of Making Toilet Spy Videos

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Sunday Aug 3, 2014
A former San Francisco accounting professor has been accused of video recording men and women as they used the bathroom in his Castro district home.

Trial Begins in Park Death

By Seth Hemmelgarn | Saturday Aug 2, 2014
A man accused of murder for fatally choking another man during a sexual encounter in Buena Vista Park in 2011 is "a sweet kid" who was involved in "a terrible accident," his attorney said this week as the trial in the killing opened.

Naked Gay Man Plunges to Death From London Balcony

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Aug 1, 2014
A gay doctor fell four stories from the balcony of his London apartment to his death this week.