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Content warning: transphobic and homophobic violence.

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Vandalism of Gay Liberation Monument at Stanford University

Content warning: discussion of homophobic violence. Vandalism on Stanford University’s campus against “Gay Liberation” sculptures transformed the monument honoring the gay rights movement into a physical reminder of the LGBTQ community’s continued fight against hate and violence in the 1980s and 90s. Renowned sculptor George Segal honed the life-sized, white-painted ...
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The Murder of Gwen Araujo and The “Panic” Defense

Content warning: discussion of transphobic and homophobic violence. On October 3, 2002, Gwen Araujo was murdered at a party in Newark California. The four killers, Michael Magidson, Jaron Chase Nabors, Jose Merel, and an unnamed fourth man, buried her body near Silver Lake campground, more than 150 miles away in ...
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1985: Fatal Police Shooting of Melvin Truss Sparked Public Outcry

The fatal police shooting of Black teen Melvin Truss sparked public outcry as many called into question the conduct of the officer responsible for his death and the handling of the case by the grand jury, law enforcement and city officials. SJPD’s version of events On May 4, 1985, San ...
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Homophobic Assault on Bill Kiley Caught on Camera

Content warning: homophobic violence. On June 11, 1991, 42-year-old gay, civil rights activist William (Bill) Kiley was tending to the lawn of his San Jose rental property, just across the street from his home, when he became the victim of a hate crime. As Kiley finished watering his tenant’s lawn, ...
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