Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

The Victims

The one thing these victimized people share is an unfinished life: love foreclosed, potential ripped away, relationships brutally terminated, and future contributions stolen away from us by outrageous, irrational hatred. The stories of these unfinished lives must not remain untold. Human dignity and decency demand they be told and remembered. To date, claiming the victims of anti-gay hate crime violence has happened only sporadically, and in fragmentary, short-lived ways. The LGBT community deserves to hear these stories, so that they may remember their own and honor them. How we, the living survivors of violence, remember and honor our dead largely determines the strength and character of our humanity. Unless stories like these are told, regardless of the pain, the killers of the dream of freedom from fear will diminish our community.   Those we remember and claim as our own:
Andrew Anthos ( 1929– 2007). 72-years-old, bludgeoned to death with a pipe near a bus stop in Detroit, Michigan, after affirming to his assailant that he was gay.
Gwen Amber Rose Araujo (1985 – 2002). A male-to-female transgender woman from Hayward, California, murdered with a skillet and a can of tomatoes, and buried in a shallow grave.
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Gregory Beauchamp (1981-2002), 21, shot to death from a car window in Cincinnati, OH by a man shouting anti-gay epithets.  Beauchamp was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party.
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Tiffany Berry (1985-2006).  21-year-old African American transwoman, murdered in Memphis, TN, by a man who said he didn’t like the way she touched him.
Paul Broussard (1964 – 1991). 27-years-old, gay banker beaten to death by a gang of ten teenage boys as he left a gay nightclub in the Montrose area of Houston, Texas.
Bill Clayton (1978 – 1995). A seventeen-year-old bisexual man in Olympia, Washington, who was assaulted in a gay bashing incident, became an outspoken advocate for hate crimes laws for a short time, and took his own life barely a month after the attack.
Amancio “Dalia” Corrales (1982 – 2005). A Mexican-American cosmetologist and gifted female impersonator who was stabbed to death and thrown in the Colorado River in Yuma, Arizona.
Kenneth Cummings Jr. (1960 – 2007). Southwest Airlines attendant in Metro Houston murdered in his own home by an ex-con who claimed God commissioned him to kill gay men, “like the Prophet Elijah.”
Roberto “Pancho” Duncanson (1987 – 2007). 20-years-old, stabbed to death by an assailant shouting anti-gay epithets, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York.
Bella Evangelista (1978 – 2003). 25-years-old, transgender Latina, shot to death by a transphobe in Washington, DC.
Daniel “Dano” Fetty (1966 – 2004). A deaf and homeless gay man from Waverly, Ohio, stripped naked and literally thrown away in a dumpster.
Billy Jack Gaither (1960 – 1999). A gay man, brutally murdered and immolated near Sylacauga, Alabama at a secluded site on Peckerwood Creek.
Edgar “Eddie” Garzón (1966 – 2001). 35-years-old, gay Colombian emigré who worked as a theatre set designer, beaten into a coma outside a gay bar in Queens, New York, and died three weeks later.
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Michael Scott Goucher (1987-2009).  21-year-old U.S. Army veteran, ambushed by two assailants and stabbed over 45 times on the side of a snowy road in Price Township, Pennsylvania.
Sakia LaTona Gunn (1987 – 2003). An African American lesbian from Newark, New Jersey, stabbed by assailants at a bus stop, while defending her girlfriend.
Richard Hernandez (1970 – 2008). 38-years-old, gruesomely dismembered in his North Dallas, Texas, apartment.
Charles O. “Charlie” Howard (1961 – 1984). A gay student drowned after being thrown by his assailants into the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor, Maine, while begging that he couldn’t swim.
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Duanna Johnson (1965-2008). 43-year-old African American transwoman, famously beaten by police in June 2008, was fatally shot in the head “on her usual corner” in North Memphis, TN just a few months later.  Johnson had a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Memphis police at the time.
Sean William Kennedy (1987 – 2007). Fatally assaulted by an 18-year-old in Greenville, South Carolina who received less of a sentence for the murder than if he had killed a dog, according to Greenville municipal statutes.
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Lawrence Fobes “Larry” King (1993 – 2008). A fifteen-year-old in Oxnard, California, shot in the head with a small calibre pistol brought to class by a 14-year-old schoolmate who had harassed him for his feminine presentation for months.
Talana Quay Kreeger (1957 – 1990). A lesbian carpenter, manually disemboweled by a long haul trucker in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Fred C. Martinez Jr. (1985 – 2001). A Two-Spirit Navajo lured into a Cortez, Colorado, canyon and killed with a twenty-five pound rock by a man who bragged that he had “bug-smashed a joto.”
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Thanh Nguyen (1962 – 1991). A gay Vietnamese American who fled to Dallas, Texas, for freedom, only to be shot and killed in downtown Reverchon Park.
Michael J. Sandy (1977 – 2006). An African American gay man, beaten and forced on foot into freeway traffic in New York City.
Allen R. Schindler Jr. (1969 – 1992). A United States Navy Seaman from the Chicago area, stomped to death by his shipmates while deployed in Japan.
Matthew Wayne Shepard (1976 – 1998). A gay student at the University of Wyoming, pistol-whipped and tied to a buck fence in Laramie.
Adolphus Simmons (1990 – 2008). An 18-year-old, femininely presenting teen, shot to death while carrying out his trash in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Satendar Singh (1980 – 2007). A gay Asian Indian American mobbed to death in Lake Natoma, California, by Russian evangelical Christians shouting homophobic slurs.
Ryan Keith Skipper (1981 – 2007). Stabbed nineteen times and left to bleed out on a lonely dirt road by two assailants in Polk County, Florida.
Emonie Spaulding (1978 – 2003). 25-years-old, African American transgender woman, beaten and shot to death in Washington, DC.
Brandon Teena (1971-1993). A 22-year-old female-to-male transgender person, raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska.
Juana Vega (1965 – 2001). 36-years-old, Chicana Lesbian shot to death in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by her partner’s brother who disapproved of her sexual orientation.
Jeremy Waggoner (1971– 2008). Popular 37-year-old hair stylist, found savagely bludgeoned and stabbed to death in a field near Royal Oak, Michigan.
Arthur “J.R.” Warren (1974-2000). An African American learning disabled  gay man from Grant Town, West Virginia, butchered to death and then run over multiple times to mask the murder.
Scotty Joe Weaver (1986 – 2004). Brutally tortured and murdered by roommates while pleading for his life in Bay Minette, Alabama.  His murderers urinated on his mutilated body before immolating it in a secluded field in rural Baldwin County.
Nicolas West (1970 – 1993). 23-years-old, shot 20 times and left to die in a clay pit outside Tyler, Texas.
Diane Whipple (1968-2001). A lesbian LaCrosse coach from Moraga, California, mauled to death by her neighbors’ dogs in the infamous San Francisco Dog-Maul case.
Ebony Whitaker (1988 – 2008). 20-year-old male-to-female transgender woman, shot to death by an unknown assailant in Memphis, Tennessee.
Robert Whiteside (1950 – 2006). Noted Fabergé artist, found shot to death in his bed-and-breakfast in Mount Vernon, Texas.
Julianne “Julie” Williams (1971 – 1996). A lesbian gunned down with partner Lollie Winans on the Appalachian Trail near Luray, Virginia.
Simmie Lewis “Beyoncé” Williams Jr. (1990 – 2008). A seventeen-year-old African American transperson, snuffed out clothed in a dress on Sistrunk Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Laura “Lollie” Winans (1970 – 1996). A lesbian gunned down with partner Julie Williams on the Appalachian Trail near Luray, Virginia.
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Barry Winchell (1977 – 1999). A United States Army Private First Class from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, fatally bludgeoned with a baseball bat.
Daniel Yakovleff (1988– 2008). Well-regarded hair stylist found brutally stabbed to death in his Boston, Massachusetts, apartment.
Angie Zapata (1988– 2008). 20-year-old Latina transgender woman, murdered with a fire extinguisher by a date who discovered that she was biologically male in Greeley, Colorado.

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  1. It just is astounding to me that when people are different that others feel they are less and have the right to do something as horrific as what is pictured above. May their souls rest in peace. And those who did this Karma is a mean bitch.

    Comment by Keith | April 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you for displaying this information about these beautiful lives that were wrongly taken from them. I am part of a LGBT/Straight alliance student organization at my local college called VOICES. We got some chalk and drew a whole slue of names peace symbols and even stories of these victims for The Day of Silence. When I first saw this page, I cried. I cried from the shock of how much hatred that people have toward one another because they are different or share different beliefs from themselves. Who Would Jesus Hate?

    Comment by James Turner | April 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for this sensitive, powerful message, James. It is good to be at work together for justice, isn’t it!

      Comment by unfinishedlives | April 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. We cannot forget. We cannot forget any of them and we cannot let their lives and deaths have no meaning. We have to fight to make sure this kind of thing becomes a sad memory and that future brothers and sister’s wont live in fear. WE can never forget.

    I also wanted you to know you got Brandon Teena backwards. You have him listed, as a Male to Female TG He was a Female to Male. I remember that case well and saw the Movie Boys Don’t Cry We need more stories to be told. Except for Brandon and Mathew Shepard all these deaths posted were unknown to me and I watch CNN and MSNBC every damn day and heard nothing about it. These Stories must be told.
    I wont Forget them.
    Angelina Roberts Pre Op Male to Female TG

    Comment by Angelina | May 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. So so sad, still to this day we are treated like rejects, i pray to God Almighty to open the heart’s of the homophobic, to accept.

    We hurt no one, we are all living life, we are all the same, why should sexuality be such a problem, sexuality is private, nobody’s business.

    It’s heart breaking all the people that are getting killed because of something we have no choice over, we are born this way.

    So sad.

    Comment by John-Paul | May 4, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thank you for putting this site together…..

    You have honored the dead and reminded me that I too as a gay man must

    always try to accept differences in all people that I encounter…

    Nemaste’

    Comment by Michael Ferri | June 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you for your care and encouragement, Mr. Ferri.

      Peace to you,

      Steve

      Comment by unfinishedlives | June 20, 2009 | Reply

      • how i feel it hurts,ta see we are livin in the beginning of our lives and demons who walk the earth with no heart spirit,nor god givin law ta do whats been done remember we all have ta meet our maker and choices will be made ,well what i am saying people did not create themselves so what make them feel as if they have the authority to take what does’nt belong ta man in the first place,when you all cry i cry also when will it stop when will each other learn to except the unchangable, by we all being created so differently, uniquely kindness to all is what makes the world evolve! i love all if a couple of human beings can learn to love and except then thats when we have released and expanded energy to an beautiful place each one of all can call home and we saved the world from destruction hate is why the world is heade towards an early grave wake up! america wake up! while we can ta awke is a gift the same as ta love an except is a gift don;t pretend it does’nt exsist wake up love is transparent take a good look and pass on thee blessings lets smile again i’m tired of thee depression,times like this theirs not anthing ta smile about but we can start by overcomin evil by doin something beautiful that always casts out dark shadows of the heart. miss felicia crawford/peace love happiness is where i take my stand who’s with me

        Comment by felicia | March 28, 2012

  6. I was searching for a young man who was gunned down last week, he was an innocent bystander. Somehow this page popped up and as I was about to click and leave the page, I started to read the stories about these people who were all SOMEBODY daughter or son, cousin, friend, perhaps sister or brother, uncle or aunt.

    I am sad needless to say the least, I do not know any one of these people an it doesn’t matter if, they were Black, White, Asian, Columbian, Hispanic or unknown, they all were somebody who was blessed to be upon this earth.

    I do not care about people personal beliefs or what they think is right or wrong, NOBODY has the right to take someone simply because of their life style or sexual preferences.

    Life is such an amazing gift and when it is taken by ANGRY hatred filled people it really enrages me and fuels the fire inside me to be the best Homicide Detective that, I can possibly be. I desire to give comfort and represent the ones who can no longer speak due to their lives being savagely taken.

    May GOD deal with each and everyone of these souls as well as the ones who decided to play GOD. Someone said Karma is a mean BITCH…… Indeed we reap what we sew perhaps NOT in the same form or fashion but, it is like final destination, you cannot break away from what is already aligned to be apart of your destiny.

    May GOD have mercy on these victims for YES in the bible it is NOT smiled upon to live how they live but neither is the way we live when we have pre-martial sex, lie, steal, become false witnesses, disobey our parents yada yada, who would be alive if someone snuffed out the life of everyone who did something wrong according to the bible???

    Comment by Teresa | July 16, 2009 | Reply

    • You’ve brought up several good points Teresa. Homosexuality is mentioned only six times in the entire Bible. Yet infidelity is brought up over 600 times! Not to mention all of the other “sins” that are listed.

      I am a Christian, and very strong in my faith. I also happen to be gay. It has taken a lot of years to understand, that God doesn’t hate anybody. Nowhere in the Bible will you find God directly hating any person. He hates the “sins” that are being committed. As far as sin is concerned, that’s where the doctrines begin to split the churches. You will find the hate created at the church level. It is because of the homophobic men of the church — who twist the bible for their own purpose– that we see these crimes being fueled.

      The Bible tells us that God says to “come as you are”. That’s rather clear to me since, I am, as I was born. I firmly believe that after 40 years of studying the Word of God, many things that were written in the Bible, have to be taken for the era in which they were written. There was no medical or scientific knowledge in those days. We know today that there is a medical backing as to why people are gay. There was a study done on the brain of Gay men compared with straight men. in 100% of the gay men, they had they hypothalamus of a female. This is the area of the brain that gives us our sexual thoughts, feelings and drives. When the Bible says that “a man should not lay with another man, as a woman”, we have to consider that they didn’t know that some men would be born with the thoughts, feelings, and sexual drive of a woman.

      In the end, I do believe that having infidelity, multiple partners, casual sex, etc., is sinful- straight, or gay. I do not believe that gay partners who commit to one another, whether there they are allowed the governments paper document or not, are considered married. The Bible indicates that two were married once they “knew” one another. To “know” someone, would mean to have been intimate.

      On the subject of those who commit the horrific crimes against people who are gay, you have a lot more to fear from the wrath of god, than any one else. Crimes committed in the mindset of hate are the sickest, and wickedest crimes that exist- don’t think that you won’t suffer the consequences- God will see you on judgement day.

      Comment by Michael | August 8, 2011 | Reply

      • michael…very well written. you are very right and it’s love we should all be demonstrating. God is love. we are made in his image. we are to think on those things that are pure and of God. if it isn’t of God or love than what is it? it’s indifference and lacking all empathy. the definition of a sociopath and where our society is headed. read the The Apocrypha if you haven’t already. it completes the Canon. man has tried to dismantle Gods word but it still exists. there is only one complete scroll containing every book of the old and new testament and it’s in a church in Ethiopia. i’ve read much of it and you’ll see why the catholic church decided to leave those books out. the book of jubilee is a perfect example of what you referred to.

        Comment by christine | February 20, 2012

  7. […] we know Michael Scott Goucher? Richard Hernandez? Satendar Singh? Ryan Keith Skipper? Jeremy Waggoner? Danie… These are the names of gay men who have been murdered for being gay in the last couple of years. I […]

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  9. Thank you for this website. I was thinking about my friend in Greensboro, NC who was murdered in our kitchen in the 1990’s by guys who followed him home from a gay bar in another car and thought, THIS is the reason we have long needed the hate crime laws.

    Then I see Daniel Y. above who was a stylist at the salon I went to in Boston and I remembered how grief-stricken the gang was that someone could do such a horrible thing to such a nice guy. There was no local news coverage so many of us wrote to the newspapers and television stations urging them to cover the story. His killer, they suspect, is the man who owned the apartment.

    I just heard about a group of pastors who plan to put the hate crime laws “to the test” on November 16, 2009 in front of the White House. What could they possibly be trying to prove except that they are truly not people of God…and flaunting it! I cannot imagine any God would be happy with the way the religious and conservative rights are (mis)treating people and quite frankly, I’m tired of the horrible lies both groups tell. If they could make it legal to burn us all, they would.

    Please people….do more than vote. Do more than attend a parade. Organize, be visible, be heard, and make a case to everyone you meet. Don’t let another victim be someone else’s problem. We’re ALL in this together.

    Comment by wen | November 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Wen, I do not know if you get this I hope you do. I am wanting to do a story on some of the gun violence from young people in Greensboro. I grew up there and and have been making a list of some of them.

      Comment by Adam | December 18, 2013 | Reply

  10. I am an open and proud african american lesbian. The shock and horror of what people, humans do to other people because we are different. Young and old, brutally mudered for no reason.

    Teaching that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being different is a MUST.

    Thankyou for this page, your concern, your love and support.

    Comment by Kristi D | November 22, 2009 | Reply

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  12. I don’t think it’s about bein homophobic or anything, for one human to do such senseless things to another takes an evil or troubled individual. I mean, I could kill another human..say if someone murfered my mother or little sister; would probly butcher only after torcher but to kill ppl when they have no direct effect on you is terrible I am a straight man and this page made me angry and almost made me cry lookin at the faces of these people. This is off topic but some of these ppl it just said they found them dead..? gay ppl indulge in criminal activities too..whos to say it wasnt a drug deal gone bad/robbery …anything…….just sayin

    Comment by brad | December 11, 2009 | Reply

  13. Just to look into the eyes of these victims, bring tears to my eyes. It absolutely breaks my heart to know that these victims died because of the brain washing our religious organizations have done to not only their own members, but to our whole society. So much so that millions of people are so caught up into the systematic heterosexism of the day that they would disregard these lives.

    Comment by Dana Daniell | January 13, 2010 | Reply

  14. One of the young men pictured above, Ryan Skipper, was one of my friends. Those of us who loved him will never get over this. Thank you for not forgetting him.

    Comment by Lillian | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  15. I was writing a paper on suicide while I got navigated to this website. I was shocked to see this particular page. How can anybody hate somebody so much that they kill them so brutally.? Human beings are supposed to be the most sensible animal, is this how we show our sensibility?? I am very disappointed on how people are being brutal on another human being as if there is no meaning of other’s life. Who are these people to judge anyways???

    Comment by Anjila | March 7, 2010 | Reply

  16. As a gay man , It scares me to think that this much hatred is out there. It goes to show you really can’t live life freely. I came out when i was young , maybe 14, and I was bullied constantly. It was awful, they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. It does in a way but I am left with insecurities. It may sound weird but For example I can never have a male friend. I just can’t trust them. I live life in fear and always watching over my shoulder and not trusting anyone. What kind of life is that?

    Comment by Ellie | March 11, 2010 | Reply

  17. I’M SO SO SORRY FOR ALL THESE PEOPLE AND THERE FAMILIES.

    Comment by SOPHIA | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  18. It is with utmost sadness that i write this. I am an openly gay fine art student living in Pretoria, South Africa. My country is an amazingly beautiful place but is filled with way too much hate – in all its forms, thus, i understand the pain surrounding homosexuality.

    I’m starting to paint portraits of gay people who either committed suicide or were victoms of gay-orientated hate crimes to raise awareness.

    I BEG that anyone who reads this pray for me! Reading these stories, seeing these photos and creating these paintings is exceptionally hard. Most of the time I cry as I paint. I’m fighting an up-hill battle.

    I would also ask that you start to sirculate my name – I do not want recognition for these paintings, but I do wish for people to see and FEEL them and sadly, most of the exposure I get is from family and friends. This is great, but our message as homosexuals have to stretch much farther than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please pray and please keep hope alive. I daresay we all need it!

    Comment by Juan-Louis Toerien | April 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you for your courage and your work, Juan-Louis.

      Comment by unfinishedlives | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  19. The Duana Johnson Trial is underway here in Memphis. The jury is in deliberation until Monday. Please stand in prayer for peace, justice and mercy for her family and the accused police officer and his family too. God help us all!

    Comment by MemphisChrisitanLesbian | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  20. Sorry for all these losses.

    Comment by brittany | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  21. Nicolas West was my friend and I am still haunted by Nick’s death because I saw him just before he was killed and his face haunts me.I want people to know that he was funny, carefree, and he had a life and it was taken from him, he didn’t deserve it. The club we used to frequent in Longview is gone , most of us his friends are no longer friends, but Nick is still with me even after all these years…..Being gay is a blessing to me I used to think it was my curse. But I would rather be hated for being gay than to be the one that carries the hate its too much of a burden. Because I accept myself I am free those who hate are never free…..

    Comment by Angela | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  22. Anyone here can say whatever they want, but I’m about to lay it out for you: LGBT people out there, learn to defend yourself. Carry a gun. If you don’t know how to shoot, or how to obtain a gun in your area, contact your local chapter of the Pink Pistols, a group of LGBT people that teaches members of our community how to shoot:

    http://www.pinkpistols.org/index2.html

    Do not rely on hate crimes laws to defend you. Face reality, and take responsibility for your own safety.

    Comment by realist | July 4, 2010 | Reply

  23. Why do ppl have to hate gay bi and LBs so much and so bad we are hear on this earth just like they are trying to make it in life the best way we can and we dont need and one or anything more to keep us haveing to hide who we are anymore than we do now

    Comment by Aaron | October 11, 2010 | Reply

  24. i feel so bad fo’ all these peoplee && mayy they rest in peace & to the people who commited these crimes yall will have to answer to the man upstairs . so i hope is was worth it dumbasss

    Comment by david padilla | October 15, 2010 | Reply

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  26. There are a few things to say here: First is like, “wow”. Secondly, I ponder deep into the eyes of each of the tortured and dead individuals, only to feel a sense of peace. Call me crazy. How and why it happened to each one is totally wierd. Imagine you end up on a website that says your last day on Earth – you were chopped up like sausage? No thanks. In a world of angry people looking for excuses to go off…better off keeping your shit private.I declare a new movement. ““““Be well all of you haters and lovers and survivors and fighters of paradise. Oh, and did I say, paradiseno.com?

    Comment by MediaMan | November 12, 2010 | Reply

  27. Thanks to the creators and supporters of this site.
    I’m a transperson and the worst bullying I have experienced has been at the hands of my own family.
    Sometimes it seems that there is no safe place for us. It’s nice to see that there are people in the world who do not condone the violence and hatred.
    Michael

    Comment by Michael | December 30, 2010 | Reply

  28. I came across this website after searching for information about Gwen Araujo. I saw a documentary about her this morning. I don’t sleep much these days. My nephew was murdered a little over a year ago. It wasn’t what one would call a hate crime, he wasn’t killed because he was gay or different in some way, he was killed for entertainment. I have been trying for months to figure out what makes some people so cruel. People will hate, injure, kill, for any reason and seemingly no reason. An Unfinished Life really touches my heart. My nephews life was taken less than a month after he turned 15. Seeing all these pictures of the people who had their lives stolen is heartbreaking. There’s no excuse. It’s unacceptable and I really wish more people would stand together and speak out against bullying and violence. It’s cowardly not to take a stand. Thank you for honoring these victims.

    Comment by Kari | February 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you, Kari, and thank you for your stand against hatred. I am truly sorry to hear of the loss you and your family have suffered.

      Comment by unfinishedlives | February 27, 2011 | Reply

    • I cannot believe this could happen to someone at such a young age. ;/ I am so sorry.

      Comment by Opinions | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  29. I’m doing a presentation about LGBT crimes. I knew it was going to be tough but not that bad.
    Thanks for your website, they’re so many anti-gay website, i don’t know how it can be authorized

    Comment by Faith08 | May 1, 2011 | Reply

  30. He tenido la oportunidad de conocer maravillosa gente gay tienen mi admiración por el valor que demuestran al salir del closet. Otros -seres humanos- ocultando sus sentimientos detrás de miles de escusas, sienten deben lastimar a alguien que es diferente en su opinión personal.

    I had the wonderful opportunity to meet gay people and they have my admiration for the courage showed to come out. Other-humans-hiding their feelings behind thousands of excuses, feel they have the right to hurt someone who is different in their closed minds..

    Comment by Ana Ochoa | June 12, 2011 | Reply

  31. Laura “Lollie” Winans and Julie Williams were not ‘ gunned down’. they were victims of a particularly calculated , sadistic,and brutal attack . they were bound and their throats were slit. their deaths may be linked to a serial killer/s active in the area targeting couples.

    Comment by monsieurmittens | June 19, 2011 | Reply

  32. Thank you, Steve, for what you continue to do here.

    Comment by revkyle | July 18, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Rev. Kyle. it is a labor of love.

      Steve

      Comment by unfinishedlives | July 18, 2011 | Reply

  33. I’m looking for information on a case related to “cassandra” or Karen,, in Los Angeles, CA, around November 2010,,she was a transgender woman, I was told she was killed in her hollywood appartment, I’ve known her for more than 12 years (gym, step class and work out buddy) and I have not seen her,, any info would be appreciated,, just kindda need some closure!

    Comment by mica | July 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Dear Mica,
      Sorry to say I am unfamiliar with Cassandra’s story. Let me know what you find out.

      Steve

      Comment by unfinishedlives | July 22, 2011 | Reply

  34. I had tears in my eyes after every killing I read. It’s so sad how People want to get rid of anyone who Isnt like them. These people deserve the same punishment that they did to these innocent people. I have no problem with any other kind of person. Whatever they feel that they are then they should not have to be afraid to be themselves. Around where I lived a high schooler was chased to a bridge and he was so scared that he jumped off the bridge to escape and forgot that he couldn’t swim. He drowned and the people who got him killed were not blamed. They were chasing the kid because he was gay and he was crushing on one of the guys friends who helped get him killed. People are so awful! ;/

    Comment by Opinions | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  35. this always saddens me, reading things like this. Its scary really. and then theres a moment of silence then come the wonder, how did humanity get to be so hateful? to take a life, just because you dont like who the person is, or what they present there selves to be. in other words you are killing someone for being who they are inside? this is so very wrong. BUt i have a partner and she is a transwomen. i could never imagine something like this happening…. i pray for the familys of these victims, that there hearts are healed conforted. it’s so sad…..each person that has showed ignorance twards the gay and transgendered community, my message to you is…LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE…LOOK AT ALL THE LIVES YOU HELP TAKE WITH YOU IGNORANCE…MAY GOD STRIKE YOU DOWN HARD….MY HEART GOES OUT TO THESE VICTIMS, I HOPE THERE SUFFERING DID NOT LAST LONG, AND THAT THEY ARE NOW IN PEACE.

    Comment by Lovely Darling | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  36. The nature of humanity is born of evil and good….as told by Adam and Eve….never in my wildest dreams could I imagine such horrible things to be done as these. I am coming out as a Tg Women and accept the fact this could be me. I only can hope not and can only accept what will be. I accept what and who I am and will accept all that may come with it. Love to all!!!

    Comment by Troi Deanna Reinhardt | November 25, 2011 | Reply

  37. I am speechless, I can’t believe people would be so crule and low as to take another person’s life just because of their orientation or a gender reasingment. That is just so fu**ed up! I am glad a website like this exists so people can remember the lives lost to hate crimes. I hope they found peace wherever they are now.

    Comment by Gregory | January 2, 2012 | Reply

  38. Even our own kind treat us like rejects! I don’t fit the norm for gay so I am not tolerated? But Gay society forces the straight people to tolerate them. I think we need to clean up our own yards of the hate weeds too!

    Comment by Lil Johnny | January 26, 2012 | Reply

  39. this has to do with being human beings. everyone has their prejudices. we are taught them and they are not easy to unlearn. we are habitual. we have a lot of bad habits. we teach our children to protect our hearts. our hearts don’t need protecting. our hearts need to lead the way. demonstrating love is what we should do as human beings. we can only start with ourselves. if we just do what we can…you…me…and spread as much love as we can. it’s the best we can do. love is the only truth there is and it’s the only way to heal anything. love now. tell as many people as you can that you love them. hug everyone you love and everyone you meet. it heals people. don’t be afraid. nothing to fear but fear itself. don’t speak your fears out loud. we are all going to die. so, live unafraid. no one can hurt you. you have love on your side. spread around the good stuff. live what you believe. i do my best to live what i believe and show as much love as i can. it’s hard! but i can’t complain about a thing if i’m going to contribute to all the crap and complaining doesn’t do anything but cause a little karma. it’s not about revenge, new laws, getting tough on crime, or what anyone else does. it’s about the face looking back in the mirror. hatred is a poison and it kills everyone it touches. hatred and anger is a poison one swallows while waiting for everyone else to die. hugging someone who is angry is sometimes all it takes. angry people are hurting. there is so much pain in this world and we spread it around with our attitudes. angela said it best when she said hate is a burden…we all have it and we all have to look in the mirror and start with our own bad habits and burdens. turn burdens into blessings and send someone love.

    Comment by christine | February 20, 2012 | Reply

  40. As a drag queen and a gay male. It makes me sick to see anybody bullied for being who they are. Some people need to be a little ore christian. Bullying and murder is not the christian way. I hope if you bully another for who they are that god sends you to the pits of hell where you belong.

    Comment by Eva Amore | March 14, 2012 | Reply

  41. A little more*

    Comment by Eva Amore | March 14, 2012 | Reply

  42. This is really sad…now i c y ppl don’t wanna come out of the closet, I would b too….

    Comment by Tasha Johnson | April 20, 2012 | Reply

  43. It is very messed up that all of these people got murdered for being gay, in our constitution does it not say we are entitled to our certain opinions and EQUALITY? Apperantly not. And Another thing, I hope those “Evangelical” and “Christians” rot in a prison cell for the rest of their lives. It’s not good to get Death threats because you are gay or bisexual or lesbian or transgendered, Actually Where i am in SC i get alot of them and im only Fourteen!!!!

    Comment by Katelyn Ramey | April 23, 2012 | Reply

  44. […] Unfinished Lives Project is a place of public discourse which remembers and honors LGBTQ hate crime victims, while also […]

    Pingback by Links round-up for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia | Edinburgh Eye | May 17, 2012 | Reply

  45. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain the victim’s families have endured behind these brutal savage killings.My heart bleeds for these lives lost.To anyone who is transgender PLEASE inform any individual you are interested in of your orientation for your own protection.Everyone is entitled to their preference and it’s a man’s right to decide he only wants to date or engage in sex with someone who was born a woman.I think its despicable to take anyone’s life simply because they are gay and my heart hurt the further I went down this list.God bless the families who are left to mourn.Thank you for shedding light on these horrible crimes

    Comment by A. Munroe | June 1, 2012 | Reply

  46. Just plane tragic. I had a friend who met a guy at a gay bar after seeing at the bar on weekends. Took him home and my friend was stabbed 14x. It is amazing that in 2012 soon to be 2013 we still have to watch our backs. Lets face it, Anita Grant and the Moral Majorty basically started all by saying we should be wiped off the face of the earth.

    Comment by Al | December 17, 2012 | Reply

  47. i think its honestly stupid how bisexuals gays and lesbians are harrassed by other people. Im bisexual myself and i will admit i have been harrassed and bullied and jumped for my sexuality. Its not fun so why would someone do that.

    Comment by Caitlin | February 20, 2013 | Reply

  48. Please don’t forget about gordon church: http://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2006/11/21/this-day-in-history-gordon-church-murder-112188-cedar-canyon-ut/

    Comment by aaronray | May 14, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you for this important reminder, and for sharing the story of Gordon Church, Aaron.
      Steve

      Comment by unfinishedlives | May 15, 2013 | Reply

  49. I am so grateful that we serve a God of Love and One Who understands each and every emotion expressed here. “Judge not lest ye be judged” we are told and I believe that at that Day of Reckoning when every eye shall be opened and the truth revealed, there will be many who will weep for forgiveness for their attitude towards LBGTQ people.

    Comment by Jeremy Riley | July 16, 2013 | Reply

  50. We always remember you Amancio corrales

    Comment by Claudia | August 1, 2013 | Reply

  51. Don’t forget the 32 victims of the fire at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans, 6/24/1973.

    Comment by Bill Wood | August 29, 2013 | Reply

  52. And everyone thought only in foreign countries. Never in the USA! So sad…….beware!

    Comment by Robert | March 10, 2014 | Reply

  53. I think everyone no matter who heterosexual gays we are all the same. It makes me very sad and extremely angry as well disgusted. That gays are harassed and killed for who they choose to be sexuality does not make a person I have known and had more gay friends as well. And I have always enjoyed being around them every one believes something different. I don’t believe people are punished or to hell because of who they are. Rember we are all equal whether it be a different culture heterosexual gay whatever we are all equal. I am heterosexual I have never judged a person about there believes . I have always said treat others the way you want to be treated as well if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone keep it to yourself.

    Comment by Amie | August 31, 2014 | Reply

  54. The Richard Hernandez case was covered in the A&E TV show The First 48. There have been other murders of ppl from the LGBT community covered on the show, I was looking thru the list but I didn’t recognise any of the names there. There have been several in the Miami area.

    Comment by andy mackay | September 26, 2014 | Reply


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