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‘Phobes brewing up fresh pot of hate in Arkansas

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has given his okay to the Family Council’s drive to get a ban on gay people serving as foster parents and adopting on the ballot for the next election:

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has certified the Family Council’s revised initiated act to ban gay foster parenting and adoption for the ballot. This clears the way for their effort to gather signatures to qualify it for the 2008 ballot.

Arkansas Blog : Ballot rulings — UPDATE

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Written by Jeff

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 9:37 pm

On this day: AR Nat. Guard prevents Little Rock Nine from going to school

Unfortunately: On this day in 1957 Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus used the Arkansas National Guard to prevent 9 black students from entering Little Rock Central High School. He left the National Guard in place for 16 days until a federal judge ordered him to withdraw them.

On the Twenty-third, the students were snuck into the school and when the white parents who had been demonstrating outside heard of it there was a near riot. The students were quickly whisked from the school to ensure their safety.

On September 24, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborn Division to escort the black students into Little Rock Central High School and to ensure their safety. Eisenhower also federalized the Arkansas National Guard.

The 101st stayed at Central High until Thanksgiving when its guard duties were handed over to Task Force 153rd Infantry, a specialized unit of the Arkansas National Guard. Task Force 153rd Infantry stayed on guard duty at Central High until the end of the school year.

Arkansas Troops Bar Negro Pupils; Governor Defiant | New York Times’ On This Day

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Texas Mega-Church Rev.: “Homosexuality == Murder”

The Reverend Gary Simons of the High Point Church said no to hosting a funeral for Cecil Sinclair, a Navy veteran, but that’s not all he said:

The pastor said that he could imagine a similar situation involving a different sin. Perhaps a mother who is a member of the church loses a son who is a thief or murderer, Mr. Simons said. The church would surely volunteer to hold a service, he said.

“But I don’t think the mother would submit photos of her son murdering someone,” he said. “That’s a red light going off.”

Yeah, because being gay is the same as stealing or murder. Because Mr. Sinclair’s very existence deprived someone else of their property or life? I don’t understand the connection that Mr. Simons is trying to make unless he’s just demonstrating his immense bigotry and stupidity.

Church Denies Navy Vet a Funeral After Discovering He Was Gay — Towleroad
Church won’t hold funeral for gay man | Dallas Morning News

Written by Jeff

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Barbarism in Indiana

A friend pointed me towards a story this afternoon about a murder in Indiana. Not just a murder, a hate crime. Read:

According to the police affidavit, defendants in the case, Coleman King, 18, and Garrett Gray, 19, contend Aaron “Shorty” Hall, 35, made a sexual gesture toward King, who felt so threatened he and Gray beat Hall to death. Jackson County, Ind., chief deputy prosecutor Amy Marie Travis said her office was prohibited from talking about the case, but said that the investigation is ongoing.

Gray told police he struck Hall a dozen times and King hit him approximately 75 times that evening. The two allegedly continued to beat Hall until his eyes were swollen shut and he was spitting up blood. They dragged him down the stairs by his feet while his head thudded on each step, according to the affidavit.

Hendricks loaded Hall into the back of Gray’s pickup truck and Gray and King continued to beat him. At one point in the ride Gray asked Hall if he “wanted to die tonight.” The truck stopped on a dirt lane, they dragged Hall out, threw him in a ditch and delivered more blows before driving off and leaving him for dead. Hall’s breathing was labored, but he was still alive when they left, police said.

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Written by Jeff

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Posted in Bigots, GLBT, Hate Crimes

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"Did y'all just leave the faggot bar?"—Hate Crime in Mobile, Alabama

Last Saturday there was a hate crime in Mobile, Alabama. Or, rather, there would have been if Alabama recognized crimes borne of hatred against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, or transgendered persons as hate crimes.

From a friend:

Last night (5/26/07) myself and 3 friends witnessed what can only be called a crime of hate against 2 of our other friends who had thankfully already made it into their vehicle. Their car was facing Conti Street in the parking lot at Conti and Joachim and as they were walking to their vehicle, they were approached by a man who asked, “did y’all just leave the faggot bar?” My friends didn’t react, but rather, got to their vehicle as quickly as possible. They got into the car and locked the doors as the man began kicking the car in the back and in the passenger side while screaming other obscenities and slurs. He was trying to break the glass in the windows. He ended up putting large dents in the back and on the passenger door before they were able to reverse from the parking spot and drive away.

Our friend was renting this vehicle so we didn’t recognize it but watched as the crime occurred. We hurried to our own car, not knowing what was going on, and pulled out of the parking lot when we got the call from our friends who informed us that they were the ones in the car being attacked by the man. We followed them to their home and made the decision to call the police.

The police officer from the 3rd precinct arrived and gathered the information he needed. We were all surprised when he began asking us why we left the parking lot and telling us that if it had been him getting his car kicked in, he’d “have gotten out and kicked some a–.” He said that the city wouldn’t spend time trying to find the man nor did he offer hope for future protection in the commonly used pay-to-park lot. Not only are we certain that our friends and we had done the right thing by leaving the lot, but we are certain that the damages could have been much worse had we stayed. We asked him to call to see about checking the cameras in the lot and when he did, he found out that the cameras in that lot haven’t worked in some time. The lot attendant had gone, and there is no type of security in the lot. I believe that if we pay the city or the owner of the parking lot to park in that or any parking lot, we should be assured that the city or owner of the parking lot will protect us accordingly.

I felt it necessary to send this email to my friends and others and I recommend that you spread the word about this to anyone you know who spends time downtown in Mobile. It could have been anyone and there is a need for awareness. This isn’t the first time something like this or something worse has happened in or near that same parking lot for similar reasons. Again, it could have been anyone; a female walking alone, a couple, or even a group. Our friends and we were lucky despite the damage to their rental car but it could have been much worse. I’ve been on Dauphin Street and seen many police officers in plain sight at any given time and I don’t understand why there aren’t more in other parts of downtown. If city regulations allow that an establishment may stay open, or private establishments are allowed to be open, it is my opinion that the city or those private establishments should also be aware of these issues and do something about it to protect their patrons or make us feel safer once we walk out their doors.

Alabama will give special protection to a house of worship, public monument, or even a US or Alabama flag, but not a human being who happens to be gay. In fact, on May 11 they voted not to add crimes against people based on sexual orientation to Alabama’s hate crimes law.

HRC | Alabama Hate Crimes Law

Partners Against Hate | List of Hate Crime Laws

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Bigots, Crazy people, Crime, GLBT, Hate Crimes

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“Imus in the Hot Water”

In all of the discussion on Don Imus’ slur against the Rutgers women’s basketball team, I’ve heard a lot about “nappy-headed hos” but not so much about what was also said.  During his conversation with his producer, Bernard McGuirk, McGuirk referred to the ladies as “jigaboos”.

Some might not be familiar with the term, but in my parts, it’s just below “the N word” on the “Oh my god!  Did he just say what I think he said?” scale.   Why is no one freaking out over that?  Before I heard the recording yesterday on Democracy  Now! I didn’t even know that it had been said.  I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds and I read a lot of articles on this but I don’t recall any mentioning “the J word”.  If I hadn’t watched DN! yesterday, I wouldn’t know about it now.

Not being a black person, maybe I just don’t get it, but, if it were me being disparaged, I would be more upset at being called “the J word” than a “nappy-headed ho”.  Maybe the reason that it’s not getting more attention is because it was just a lowly producer and not Imus himself that said it but he agreed with it which is just as bad.

I dunno, but that’s what’s been running through my head since yesterday evening.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 4:14 am

Posted in Bigots, Race, Words

Report: 42% of homeless youth are gay or lesbian

QueerSighted today posted an article about new-ish report from the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and the National Coalition for the Homeless that detailed the disproportionate amounts of homeless youths who identify themselves as gay or lesbian.

Nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year between 570,000 and 1.6 million youth are homeless or run away. This means that up to 672,000 of these youth are LGBT.

And why are they homeless? Let’s see:

In one study, 50 percent of gay male teens who came out to their parents experienced a negative reaction and 26 percent of them were told they must leave home.

I guess these parents haven’t heard that you’re supposed to love your kids unconditionally. emphasis added

Other findings:

  • LGBT youth report experiencing discrimination, harassment and violence at shelters and service providers. For example, one facility in Michigan forced youth who identified as or were perceived as being LGBT to wear orange jumpsuits.
  • LGBT homeless youth are more likely to suffer from mental health issues and substance abuse than are their heterosexual peers, and are more likely to be victimized by sexual predators.

I recommend the QueerSighted article; it offers excellent commentary.

New report reveals epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth | National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Suffer The Little Children, Part 3 | QueerSighted

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 8:40 am