Incidents of apparent hate crimes and hate group activities listed here are drawn primarily from media sources. These incidents include only a fraction of the approximately 191,000 reported and unreported hate crimes that a 2005 government report estimated occur annually.
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Nicholas Minniti, 18, was charged with a felony hate crime and aggravated battery for allegedly assaulting a gay teen at a fast-food restaurant.
A swastika and obscenities were written on a middle school and a swastika was scratched into a car.
Los Angeles, CA
A gay homeless man was allegedly beaten by a man who used anti-gay slurs.
Donald Dowell Gasperson was charged with malicious harassment for allegedly threatening his Mexican-American neighbors with a knife and calling them racial slurs.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Jeremiah Leo `Smurf` Hernandez, 33, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for his role in a March 2011 cross burning near a black teen's residence.
Grand Forks, ND
A threatening anti-gay epithet was written on the back window of a car that had rainbow bumper stickers, which sometimes symbolize gay pride.
Bass River, NJ
Nicholas Comis, 23, and Daniel Enders, 22, were sentenced to 270 days and 180 days in prison respectively for burning a cross near a black family's residence in 2011.
A man leaving a gay bar was allegedly beaten by a man who used anti-gay slurs.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly stabbed by three people who yelled anti-gay slurs. Ali M. Jackson, Alvonica Jackson and Desmond Campbell were each charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Dena Whedbee, 42, and Brittany Whedbee, 20, each pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to deprive a person of civil rights and one count of violating the Fair Housing Act for helping to hang a dead raccoon on the porch of a family from Africa in 2010.