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Twitter Crowdsources Manhunt for Philadelphia Hate-Crime Attackers, Suspects Turn Themselves In: VIDEO

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Yesterday, we told you about a brutal hate crime that took place in Philadelphia's City Center. Last night, Philadelphia Police released a surveillance video that appeared to show a group of up to 12 people they identified as suspects in the assault. Shortly thereafter, the video spread like wildfire on social media and resulted in the suspects being identified. Philadelphia Magazine reports: 

PhillyWithin hours, former Real Housewives of New Jersey castmate Greg Bennett tweeted this photo [pictured right] that he claims — because of similarities in clothing — includes some of the alleged suspects in the hate crime that happened on Thursday in Center City. 

Not long after, police were contacted by lawyers for the suspects. 6ABC reports: "Late Tuesday night, Action News has learned attorneys for some members of the group have called police. They are making arrangements to bring their clients in for questioning on Wednesday."

Twitter user @FanSince09 also played a pivotal role in identifying the suspects. He was able to identify the restaurant shown in the background of the photo tweeted by Bennett and also used Facebook check-ins to help identify the attackers. 

No arrests have been made, but Philadelphia police are crediting Twitter and social media users with helping to solve this case.

Philadelphia native and NPR social media guru Melody Kramer documented how the crowdsourced Twitter sleuthing went down using Storify. Check out her excellent timeline along with a news report that shows the surveillance video in question and includes an interview with @FanSince09, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Philadelphia Gay Couple Beaten In Possible Hate Crime - VIDEO

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Philadelphia police are investigating a possible hate crime in which two gay men were attacked, beaten and robbed last Thursday night.

According to NBC10, the 27-year-old and 28-year-old victims were walking from a restaurant at around 10:45 p.m. when they were approached by a visibly intoxicated group of two men and six women.

When one of the men replied “Yes, do you have a problem?” when asked “Is this your fucking boyfriend?”, the group allegedly attacked the men, punching and kicking them in the face, head and chest. One of the suspects also snatched a bag containing a cell phone, wallet and credit cards.

One of the men underwent surgery last Sunday morning and has since been released from hospital.

Police, who have not confirmed that the attack was a hate crime, say the two male suspects had a "husky" build, brown hair and were wearing brown shirts and shorts.

Watch a Fox 29 report on the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Welsh Man Doused in Gasoline, Left Blinded In One Eye Following Anti-gay Attack

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A young man in Wales was left blinded in one eye following a homophobic attack late Thursday, Wales Online reports

Tyler Maddick, 20, was walking home from downtown Swansea when someone in a car next to him called him "faggot" and threw gasoline in his face. 

“Next thing I knew I’d got this liquid in my face. I ran home but I couldn’t call anyone because my phone had died.

“I washed it out as my eye was starting to burn up.”

Maddick went to the hospital the following day and was told that he had lost all vision in his left eye. 

“To be fair I think I was more angry than anything. I’m quite a strong-minded person and it wasn’t so much that they had done it, it was the fact that they targeted me because if they can pick on me they can pick on anyone," he said.

Police are continuing to investigate the anti-gay attack. 


Neighbors Defend Gay Oregon Grandmother Harassed by Property Manager, Hate Graffiti: VIDEO

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A grandmother in Rainier, Oregon had a hateful gay slur painted on the side of her home and says it's just the latest incident of targeted harassment she has faced since the park she lives in hired a new property manager.

GrandmotherKOIN reports that Melanie Powell has been living out and proud (with a rainbow flag outside her home) at the same trailer park for 25 years without any trouble but when a new property manager was hired she suddenly felt threatened.

Powell began receiving repair notices for her roof, porch, and paint, and was subjected to harassment from the new manager Maureena Schmaing, KOIN adds:

“I’m tired of being yelled at, screamed at, vulgar language, being accused of doing stuff we are not doing,” said Powell.

Several of Powell’s neighbors, including William Pierce, said they haven’t had any problems with the new property manager and that all focus seems to be on Powell. Neighbors believe they may be targeting Powell because she is gay.

Manager“I’ve watched it enough where I had to come down here myself and stop the manager from yelling at her the way she was,” said Pierce.

When confronted, the park’s manager...denied she was targeting Powell because of her sexual orientation. “I’m a landlord. I follow the Manufacturing Housing Oregon Law, and I follow all the Title 10 Law with any park site I manage,” said Schmaing.

It's unclear who is behind the hateful graffiti.

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UK Man Arrested After Facebook Post Calling for Gays to be Slaughtered

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For as much as the far right-wingers whine about the oppression of freedom of speech when a baker receives public backlash for their outspoken homophobia, the U.S. has extremely permissive freedoms in regards to speech when compared to places like the U.K. For the latest example of hate speech that would be allowed stateside but gets you canned across the pond, we turn to Paul Gair of Kilburn Green, Gateshead.

Gair does not like homosexuals. A lot. So when Chronicle Live posted about the Northern Pride festival in Newcastle on their Facebook page, Gair felt the compulsion to express his displeasure. Specifically, he called for the execution of gays:

If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay c***s wouldn’t of been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting c***s!

A later post called for gays to be "slaughtered." Fearing for the safety of festival-goers, organizers reported to the police and Gair was arrested. Laughably, Gair claimed during his arrest that he wasn't a homophobe. He was fined £280 plus a £28 victim surcharge and £85 costs by the magistrates, Chair of the bench Eileen Burt saying, "You have lost your good name forever."


Man Pleads Not Guilty In July Shooting Of Bisexual California Man: VIDEO

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A 25-year-old Mecca, California man named Miguel Angel Bautista Ramirez (left) sits in jail as the lone suspect in the shooting death of his bisexual 20-year-old Pizza Hut co-worker Juan Ceballos (right).

According to KESQ News, on Sunday July 13 Ceballos texted his brother Sergio asking him to come outside and help bring in pizza that he had brought home for his family. Soon after, Sergio heard two gunshots and went outside to discover his brother dead.

Juan was the oldest brother to five siblings. Since he was murdered right outside his family's doorstep, the family moved away immediately after his funeral. At their new place, Juan’s mother keeps a candles lit by several of his pictures in the living room.

KESQ News reports that the criminal complaint against Ramirez says that he “waited for Juan outside his home and shot and killed him because of his sexual orientation.” Juan worked two jobs and was also a student who wanted a career so he could keep helping his family.

The Bilerico Project shares Sergio thoughts on the pointlessness of his brother’s murder:

”If it was because of that, that was a stupid reason... he said that he was he was looking for happiness in a world full of evil, maybe he was right. The world is full of evil, and I just don't know why they ever did this to him... He was our guide, everything that we have now, we owe it to him...I'm going to continue with all this, but I'm going to have to do it without him."

Though Ramirez has plead “not guilty” to murder, he also faces hate crime and lying-in-wait charges. He is being held without bail until he returns to court August 11. The local district attorney may seek the death penalty.

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