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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

Written by Jeff

Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 9:37 pm

Thompson will run on social non-issues instead of something important?

In an interview with CNN, Fred Thompson said that he would work towards a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and overturning Roe v. Wade.

I don’t think that one state ought to be able to pass a law requiring gay marriage or allowing gay marriage and have another state be required to follow along,

Nevermind the fact that the current DOMA exempts marriage equality from the Full Faith and Credit Clause.

When asked about how he would deal with Iraq, the only answer he gave was, “We can’t run away with our tails between our legs.” (paraphrased)

CNN Political Ticker Thompson: Roe ‘bad law and bad medicine’ «

Written by Jeff

Friday, August 17, 2007 at 3:39 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

Forget Mecca, let’s bomb Nigeria

Let’s set aside Tom Tancredo’s ludicrous idea to bomb Mecca and Medina. Instead, let’s turn our attention to Nigeria and wipe it off the map.

Eighteen men have been arrested in northern Nigeria for alleged sodomy, which carries the death sentence under Bauchi state’s Islamic sharia law, the official NAN news agency reported Thursday.

Is it wrong of me to advocate bombing a country into nothingness? Is it worse than the world turning a blind eye to persecution and murder simply because Nigeria has a load of oil under the ground?

Shame On Us All | QueerSighted
18 face death sentence for homosexual activities in Nigeria
| IC Publications

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 7:35 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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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