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NCAVP learns of the intimate partner murder of Kelly Phillips in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner homicide of Kelly Phillips in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to media sources, on Monday, August 11th, Phillips was shot several times by his ex-boyfriend, Lyle "Ty" Hoffman, at a local gas station. Hoffman then fled the scene in the car that both he and Phillips were driving in. Police have identified Hoffman as the primary suspect and have charged him with second degree murder. Local authorities have yet to apprehend Hoffman.

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NCAVP mourns the death of Gabriel Fernandez, Age 8; Calls for National Awareness on Anti-LGBTQ Violence and Family Violence

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The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is deeply saddened by report of the torture and homicide of 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez, in Los Angeles, California. The homicide occurred in May 2013, however the motive and details of the killing are only now coming to light in a trial. According to local media accounts, Pearl Fernandez, Gabriel's mother, and her boyfriend Sauro Aguirre subjected Gabriel to severe child abuse and neglect, torture, and frequent beatings that resulted in his death, in part because he played with dolls. Fernandez and Aguirre called Gabriel gay as a part of their verbal abuse.

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Islan Nettles: In Memoriam

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One year ago today, in Harlem, Islan Nettles, a transgender woman of color, was walking with her friends when she was beaten by a man shouting transphobic slurs. She died less than a week later from her injuries sustained in that attack – simply for being herself.

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AVP learns of an attack on a transgender woman in a Subway Station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; calls for increased awareness of violence faced by transgender women in New York City

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an attack on a transgender woman in the Franklin Avenue 4/5 subway station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Monica Roberts of TransGriot posted about the incident on her blog this weekend, discussing a disturbing videos posted to Facebook showing a man assaulting an unidentified transgender woman while onlookers look on and shout and laugh in the background. In one of the videos the offender can be heard making transphobic remarks. The link to the Facebook video are here and here, and we link to them with the warning that they could be triggering and are graphically violent (you also need to be logged into Facebook to view it).

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AVP learns of an anti-gay attack on the Lower East Side; calls for increased awareness of violence faced by LGBTQ New Yorkers

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay attack which occurred on August 1st on Manhattan's Lower East Side near the intersection of Essex and Delancey Streets. According to NYPD, a 29 year old Brooklyn woman was slashed across the face coming to the aid of a man who was being called anti-gay slurs by a 32 year old man. The alleged offender was arrested and charged with a hate crime in connection with the incident.

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