Crime & Courts

City Councilmember Steve Levin, who is a member of that body’s Progressive Caucus and an LGBTQ community supporter, has given at least $64,500 in Council discretionary funds to a Brooklyn community patrol that attacked a gay African-American man in Williamsburg in 2013, leaving the man blind in one eye. Comments (2)
Jussie Smollett, the out gay African-American star of Fox TV’s “Empire,” was hospitalized after a pair of individuals who identified themselves as Trump supporters hurled homophobic and racist slurs at him before they punched him, poured a chemical substance on him, and “wrapped a rope around” his neck like a noose, according to the Chicago Police Department. Comments (1)

Homophobic Attacks, Police Inaction Called Out in Queens


Homophobic Attacks, Police Inaction Called Out in Queens

Just a day after the nation honored a champion of equality, community leaders in Jackson Heights gathered to say that hate has no place in their neighborhood. Comments (1)
A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge denied a defense motion for a new trial in the case of a Brooklyn man convicted last year on assault charges that were originally charged as anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. Comment


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