Sadly, it has become obvious that black gay bashings and gay bias murders don't receive mainstream media attention like white gay bashings and murders.
The gay hate crimes committed against Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena were indeed horrific, these crimes even received front page media exposure and were depicted in television, movies, and books.
The following crimes against African-American gays and lesbians barely garnered a mention in their local newspaper.
BLACK GAY BASHING & MURDER:
Sakia Gunn (pictured above) was a 15-year old African-American lesbian who was murdered in a hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. On the night of May 11, 2003, Gunn was returning home from a night out in Greenwich Village, Manhattan with friends. While waiting for the #1 New Jersey Transit bus at the corner of Broad and Market Streets in downtown Newark, Gunn and her friends were propositioned by two men.
When the girls rejected their advances, by declaring themselves lesbians, the men attacked them. Gunn fought back and one of the men, Richard McCullough, stabbed her in the chest. Both men fled the scene. Gunn's friends flagged down a passing driver, she was taken to a nearby hospital where she died.
McCullough turned himself into authorities several days later and was arrested. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, claiming, Gunn died after she ran into his knife. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Dwan Prince (pictured above with his mom) was attacked and left partially paralyzed by his attacker, Steven Pomie (pictured above, second photo).
On June 8, 2005, Dwan Prince was found lying unconscious on the ground. His attacker (Pomie) returned to the scene but was prevented from continuing the assault.
Two witnesses to the crime said, earlier, they saw Pomie and two other men making kicking gestures that night but a short fence prevented them from seeing what they were kicking. The three men left after a few minutes but Pomie returned and resumed kicking Prince. The witnesses also testified, they heard Pomie shouting gay slurs during the assault.
In Pomie's version of the attack, he said, Prince made a flirtatious comment to him and he maintained that he struck Prince once, the victim hit his head on the sidewalk as he fell.
The jury didn't believe him and the attack was believed to be unprovoked. Pomie was found guilty and could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Last year Rashawn Brazell was decapitated by a man that he allegedly met on the Internet. The Medical Examiner believes Brazell was kept alive for two days before he was killed and he may have been tortured. The killer left his body parts in trash bags all over New York with the exception of his head. There is speculation that his killer may have kept his head as a "trophy."
Michael Sandy was lured off the Internet to a remote location. He was ambushed and beaten to a pulp by a group of young men. The police investigation would reveal, this isn't the first time this group of men led unsuspecting gays to remote locations to be savagely beaten. The police arrested the men. Sadly, Michael Sandy died from his injuries.