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Three Arrested in Attack That Left German Gay Rights Activist in Critical Condition: VIDEO


A 27-year-old German gay rights activist who was attending a LGBT conference in Belgrade, Serbia is in critical condition after sustaining "life threatening" injuries from an attack Saturday.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the attack - which was captured on CCTV footage, PinkNews reports:

Dusan Jovanovic, deputy director of the hospital where the man is being treated, said the man [whose name has not yet been released] has undergone surgery but is still in a “serious condition”.

He suffered internal bleeding and head injuries in the attack.

It is thought that he was set upon by a gang of men who screamed about “foreigners” in Belgrade, following the gay rights conference.

Footage of the brutal attack AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: violence)

It's unknown how much (if any) the man's sexual orientation played a part in the attack. Anti-LGBT sentiment is rampant in Serbia though, with the government frequently shutting down planned gay pride marches

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Fugitive Suspect in Murder of LGBT Advocate Kelly Phillips Arrested Following Monthlong Manhunt: VIDEO


Early Thursday, Minnesota police ended a monthlong manhunt with the arrest of Lyle "Ty" Hoffman - the man charged in the August 11 killing of former lover and business partner Kelly Phillips.

Hoffman was found disheveled and unarmed outside an Arby's restaurant in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports:

Phillips“It’s a good day for us,” said Ramsey County Chief Deputy John Kirkwood, whose agency has been leading the investigation. “It’s a great relief.”

Hoffman, 44, allegedly shot Phillips [pictured right] three times — once in the head as Phillips begged for his life — in the parking lot of a gas station in Arden Hills after the two pulled up in the same vehicle and were seen and heard arguing. The shooter then drove over Phillips’ body as he fled.

In the weeks since the slaying, Hoffman has been charged with second-degree murder and is also suspected of robbing a bank in Blaine while on the run. Authorities said Thursday that additional charges could be filed against him in coming days. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in St. Paul Friday.

Kirkwood added that police are still looking for the murder weapon - a Glock semiautomatic .45-caliber handgun. 

Check out a Fox 9 News report on Hoffman's capture, AFTER THE JUMP...

Friends and family of Kelly Phillips, a well-known Minneapolis executive and LGBT activist, addressed the media following Hoffman's arrest, Fox 9 adds:

“Today won't bring Kelly back," Phillips' fiancé, Nathon Bailey, said Thursday afternoon. "No amount of justice will bring Kelly back or fill the hole in my heart.”

“On the one month anniversary of the brutal death of our beloved Kelly Phillips, his friends and family are grateful that law enforcement was able to bring the suspect into custody without further tragedy,” friends of Phillips said in a statement.

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England: Man Sentenced For Near-Fatal Homophobic Attack On Flatmate - VIDEO

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A UK man who battered his gay flatmate on the head with a claw hammer has been found guilty of attempted murder, reports The Huffington Post.

In May of last year, 21-year-old Joseph Williams inflicted “life-changing” head injuries on Connor Huntley while he slept in their shared flat in Margate, Kent.

Williams called emergency services after the attack and told an operator that his mental health had “deteriorated.”

The court heard that Williams came from a Catholic background and had recently made disparaging remarks about gay men. A week before the attack, Williams told his neighbour that he did not know if he could live with Huntley because he would end up hitting him.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1316a0970d-320wiDuring sentencing, Judge Jeremy Donne QC told Williams:

"On May 28, 2013 you picked up a hammer, went into the bedroom of your sleeping flat mate and brought it down two times on his head. Not only did it fracture his skull but it was embedded in his brain.

"The injuries suffered by Connor Huntley were little short of catastrophic. They were life-changing. It is fortunate in the extreme for both him as for you that he did not die. That was only down to the skill of the medical personnel treating him but he will never be able to live an ordinary life. He will be never be able to enjoy all the things that young people enjoy doing. You have taken away a good part of his life."

In a statement, Huntley’s family said:

"Whilst Connor is making slow but steady progress from this horrific ordeal, we feel he has been handed his own life sentence by this hideous act. No one deserves to be so viciously attacked in such an evil manner, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.

"Whilst we are grateful for all your kind and meaningful get-well wishes, as a family we would ask that you respect ours and Connor's privacy at this horrendous point in our lives and allow us the time and space to concentrate on Connor's physical and mental rehabilitation."

Williams has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, which he will serve in a high security hospital until he is deemed fit to leave.

Watch a report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Founder Of Internatonal Gay & Lesbian Review Guilty Of Sex With Underage Boys - VIDEO

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Walter Lee Williams, the founder of the International Gay & Lesbian Review, has pleaded guilty to having sex with underage boys he met online, reports The Desert Sun.

Williams was a Fulbright Scholar, a tenured professor at the University of Southern California, and the founder of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. His 1998 book The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture, won the Gay Book of the Year Award from the American Library Association, The Ruth Benedict Award from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, and the Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the World Congress for Sexology. Jpeg

According to the FBI, under the guise of academic research, Williams traveled to the Philippines and elsewhere to have sex with underage boys. Ten victims between ages 9 and 17 have been identified.

He pleaded guilty last Friday to one federal count of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of no more than five years, 10 years of supervised release, lifetime registration as a sex offender and $25,000 in restitution to be divided between seven of his victims.

Richard L. Arlington, a one-time roommate of Williams’, was arrested last year in connection with the case. Arlington, who shared illicit computer images of children with Williams, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and will be sentenced November 17th.

Williams and Arlington were members of the Buddhist Universal Association in Los Angeles, which advocated for “extreme sexual freedoms,” according to the FBI.

District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez set December 15th for Williams’ sentencing.

Watch a 2013 FBI report on Williams' arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Studies Show Domestic Abuse More Prevalent In Same-Sex Relationships

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Two recent studies demonstrate the extent of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships and refute the myths that only heterosexual women are victims of domestic abuse, that men are never victims and that women are never the perpetrators, reports The Advocate.

The National Violence Against Women survey found that 21.5 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women living with a same-sex partner experienced physical violence in their lifetimes. This is compared with 7.1 percent and 20.4 percent respectively for men and women in opposite-sex relationships.

The Centers For Disease Control's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, updated in 2013, reports that the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner was 43.8 percent for lesbians, 61.1 percent for bisexual women, and 35 percent for heterosexual women, while it was 26 percent for gay men, 37.3 percent for bisexual men, and 29 percent for heterosexual men.

According to Beth Leventhal, executive director of The Network/La Red in Boston, thanks to the combination of reports like these and the Obama administration being active on LGBT issues, there has been increased funding for services to address domestic abuse in same-sex relationships.

Last year, Congress passed an LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act.

UK Medic Who Faked Being Gay to Sexually Assault Women Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

BridgerA paramedic from Hertfordshire, England who claimed to be gay to befriend women before sexually assaulting his female victims has been convicted and will serve 12 years in prison, The Advertiser reports:

York Road resident Christopher Bridger, 25, was convicted of the five offences at Guildford Crown Court on July 30 this year following a 13-day trial.

In a statement, the police said that Bridger was a "sexual predator" who gained women's confidence by pretending to be gay before committing his offences.

The Daily Mail adds:

Following an internal NHS inquiry, Surrey Police arrested Bridger in January 2013 and he denied any involvement, telling detectives that he was a gay man who had been in several same sex relationships.

He had been separately arrested by the Metropolitan Police and questioned in relation to the allegations while he was a student paramedic.

Bridger did admit having sex with his rape victim but claimed that it was consensual and an experience 'that confirmed I am gay.' [...]

Describing impact statements written by Bridger's victims, prosecutor Caroline Carberry said: 'The overwhelming feeling of the victims in this case are those of disbelief, self-doubt, guilt, shame and a very real sense of betrayal by someone they trusted.


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