Individuals who are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual are often victims of hate-crimes in the US:
A four year study by the Safe Schools Coalition documented 11 students in the state of Washington who were gang raped because of their sexual orientation between the years of 1994-1998 along with other forms of harassment and violence directed an additional 103 students because of their orientation.
Teenage boys in Buffalo trade high fives while beating and stomping Gary Trazaska to death.
October 8, 1998
Matthew Shepard found lashed to a fence post, beaten and left to die outside Laramie, Wyoming
Roxanne Ellis, 53, and Michelle Abdill, 42 - Oregon lesbian couple shot to death
"In Atlanta, six male-to female transgendered persons have lost their lives in "execution style" murders; six older gay men have been murdered and dismembered in New York City since 1991, their bodies dumped in garbage bags on nearby interstates; four gay men have been stabbed to death under similar circumstances in Denver; five African-American gay men have been murdered in their homes in and around Washington, DC since last October; and nine black transgendered people have been found murdered in Virginia."
FTM transgender youth Brandon Teena raped and murdered. His 2 friends, a couple, were also murdered by Brandon's assailants.
Click here for story on GenderPAC Memoriam
Click here for report on FTM International
What's called the ''homosexual panic defense'' - assaulters who excuse themselves by saying they became irrational when a gay man made a pass at them - can have many justifications. (Of course, if torture and execution were acceptable responses to an unwanted sexual advance, the world would have many fewer heterosexual men)
From article Beyond Matthew Shepard Case by By E. J. Graff, 04/11/99 , The Boston Globe