27 gay men killed because they were gay, say Sydney Police

A New South Wales police review has found that 27 gay men were likely to have lost their lives to homophobic killers during a violent period of Sydney’s history in the 1980s.

The force is considering issuing a formal apology for its handling of the cases.

8 murder cases have been solved, and perpetrators convicted. A further 19 men are suspected to have died in similarly brutal attacks, while 25 other deaths could not be ruled out as hate crimes.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/27/twenty-seven-sydney-men-were-probably-murdered-because-they-were-gay-police-say

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Pushed Off at Pride

Two men were pushed off a promenade and into the sea at a gay pride festival in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The two men, draped in rainbow flags, were pushed off the boardwalk by a group of young men, who shouted: “We will kill you and your types.”

They were rescued by other parade participants. Emergency medics attended, but neither man suffered serious injuries.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/greek-gay-pride-marchers-abused-and-thrown-into-sea-87bg8cnrp

Machete attack planner detained

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Ethan Stables, 20, a “white supremacist”, who was convicted in February this year of planning an act of terrorism after he boasted online of his planned attack on an LGBT event at a pub in Cumbria last summer, has been detained indefinitely in hospital.

Stables, who has an autism spectrum disorder, was described by a judge as a risk to the public. Judge Peter Collier QC said although Stables had not carried out the attack he had caused “alarm and distress” with the plans he had made.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/30/man-behind-machete-attack-plan-at-gay-event-detained-in-hospital

Faking it!

The authorities in Belarus were not pleased when the British Embassy recently flew a rainbow flag. They accused the embassy in Minsk of “creating problems” when it flew a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia.

The interior ministry retorted angrily that the majority of Belarusians

“support traditional family values” and that “such statements are a challenge to these values … Supporters of single-sex relationships furiously argue their position, despite the principles and traditions that have formed in society. But however you spin it, single-sex relationships are fake. And the essence of a fake is always the same, to devalue the truth. The LGBT community and the whole struggle for its rights and this community’s day itself are all just fake!”

There is an old British proverb: it takes one to know one.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/22/belarus-calls-lgbt-relationships-fake-row-uk-embassy-rainbow/

Thugs go free

Two youths who choked a student and forced him to apologise for being gay in a vile homophobic attack on London Underground have walked free from court.

Will Mayrick feared for his life and was left struggling to breathe after two attackers placed him in a headlock as he travelled on a train to a fancy dress event at the O2 with four of his friends.

His attackers, 16 and 17 years old, from Newham, pleaded guilty to the assault which occurred on a Jubilee line train on October 21 last year. They were handed 12-month referral orders and were each ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £150 compensation.

The 17-year-old admitted a public order offence and the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to assault by beating before both were sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/youths-who-choked-student-until-he-apologised-for-being-gay-walk-free-from-court-a3839026.html

Death of Dennis Nilson

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“Dennis Andrew Nilson, date of birth November 23, 1945, died in custody at HMP Full Sutton on Saturday May 12, 2018. As with all deaths in custody, there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probate Ombudsman.”

Prison Service Spokesman, 13 May 2018

The Muswell Hill Murderer was thirty four years into his whole life sentence when he died. He murdered his first victim, Stephen Holmes, who was only 14 years old, on 29 December 1978. Nilson then murdered a further fourteen young men in acts which the trial judge described as “almost unequalled savagery” at his home, ending with the murder of his last victim, Steve Sinclair, who was 20 years old, on 26 January 1983.

Nilson would sit with their corpses for days. He slept with their corpses, dressing and undressing them, moving them around his home and placing them in different positions, hide the bodies under the floorboards, then he would dismember them, burning the body parts and flushing them down the toilet to dispose of them.

His victims are all thought to be homosexual men he had picked up. They were:

Stephen Dean Holmes, age 14, died on 29.12.78

Kenneth Ockenden, age 26, died 3.12.79

Martyn Duffy, age 16, died 17.5.80

William Sutherland, age 26, died ?.8.80

Seven other men who have never been identified who died between 9.80 and 4.81

Malcolm Barlow, age 23, died 17.9.81

John Howlett, age 23, died ?.3.82

Graham Allen, age 27, died ?.9.82

Steve Sinclair, age 20, died 26.1.83.

We will always remember his victims.

Nasty hate crime in Florida

Four men who perpetrated a nasty attack after a Miami Beach Pride event have now been charged with aggravated battery and hate crime.

Rene Chalarca and his boyfriend, Dmitry Logunov were waiting in line for a public bathroom along Ocean Drive. As they left, Logunov accidentally bumped into Juan Carlos Lopez, 21; Alonso Piovet, 20; Adonis Diaz, 21; and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa, 21.

They are accused of beating Chalarca and Logunov while yelling a gay slur at them in Spanish on April 8. There was surveillance video, which police say shows Lopez and the others repeatedly punching Chalarca and Logunov in the face so hard they fell to the ground. The attackers could all face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. They have all pleaded not guilty.

https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/4-men-charged-with-hate-crime-in-brutal-attack-of-us-gay-couple-14898554