The burnt body of a 16-year-old female teenager described in a local media report as often dressing as a man and who has been missing for three weeks has been found in the town of Gua Musang in the state of Kelantan.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has compiled 15 documented cases of killings and rapes of lesbians; and demands an immediate police investigation into the pattern of the violent murders.
Believed to be the first case here of its kind in Singapore, a 22-year-old woman has been convicted and sentenced to 24 months' probation and 150 hours of community service for performing sexual acts on an underage girl with whom she was having a relationship with.
President Barack Obama has signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act - named after victims of two brutal 1998 murders: Shepard, a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student and Byrd, a black man dragged to his death - on Oct 28.
The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old student in Southern California school has been classified as a hate crime as the victim had come out as gay and sometimes wore makeup and feminine jewellery in school.