CLEVELAND, OHIO - Over the past two weekends, gay men have said they were attacked outside a well-known gay bar in Cleveland. But the true shock came after the second assault when police arrested a suspect: a 13-year-old boy.
“To me, that is disgusting. I was so upset that the boy was 13,” said Ric Scardino, 58, who was attacked Friday night. “That means he was taught that hatred. He was taught to be violent.”
About 8 p.m. that night, Scardino was on Cocktails Cleveland’s rooftop patio when a group of about 10 young men started throwing rocks and mulch at the staff and customers.
“When a large rock came in, I got upset and ran out,” Scardino said. He walked to the corner, where the youngsters beat him with a broom and outlined how they would abuse him with the broom handle.
“I reached in my pockets for a can of Mace. A boy in a white shirt yelled, ‘Faggot’s got a gun!’ and they scattered,” he said.
The police later caught a suspect and arrested him. It was not until the next day that Scardino learned how old the boy was and his heart sank even lower.
The city recently offered the bar extra lighting, tree-trimming to prevent attackers from hiding in the brush, and heightened police coverage, according to bar manager James Foster.
Cocktails also amped up its own security and started holding rallies against hate crimes in light of the recent attacks.
The first assault was captured on security cameras just after midnight Sept. 1. Customer Jared Fox, who now lives in Brooklyn, was back in Cleveland to visit family when he was confronted by a similar group of young men outside the bar.
In what he called a hate crime, the gang allegedly targeted Fox because they thought a gay man would be an easy person to rob and would not put up a fight.
Fox said they called him “one of those broke faggots” before beating him to the ground. He managed to get up and run off, but he said they tackled him and started stomping on his head as they yelled epithets.
“Do you want to die?” one of the youngsters asked Fox, he said.
“Who wants to die?” Fox later asked himself as tears welled up in his eyes. “Not me.”
Fox said he suffered a black eye, a ruptured ear drum and bruises across his body. One of the suspects, he said, punched his glasses into his face, slicing his nose.
“It would be easy for us to be angry, but right now anger is not the best emotion. We need unity and solidarity to bring the community together,” Fox said.
Fox said the help of both the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the general public is needed to combat anti-gay prejudice. Gays need to take care of one another, he said, but you have to wonder what those children’s parents are teaching them about homosexuality.
“They are children,” Fox emphasized. “That was the saddest thing of all. We as a society need to work harder. It’s not just a Cleveland problem. It’s all over.”
“By teaching kids that homosexuality is wrong, they are promoting hate,” he said. “Let’s teach them diversity! Let’s teach them how to behave, that it’s okay to be a different color, race or religion.”
Martin L. Flask, director of public safety for Cleveland, released a statement in the aftermath of the attacks that said he will work with the mayor’s office to reduce hate-based violence.
“Hate crimes do not and should not define Cleveland as a community and one of Cleveland’s greatest assets is its racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity.”
But both Scardino and Foster accuse Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson of ignoring the pleas for help from the city’s gay population.
“In times of tragedy, we look to our leaders to speak up. By ignoring it, the mayor is saying it is okay,” said Scardino. “A human life is worth a lot more than one vote.”
from The New York Daily News
Archive for the ‘Gay Bashing’ Category
CLEVELAND, OHIO - Over the past two weekends, gay men have said they were attacked outside a well-known gay bar in Cleveland. But the true shock came after the second assault when police arrested a suspect: a 13-year-old boy.
A Los Angeles man was convicted and sentenced to jail for making anti-gay slurs during a hate crime attack in which he repeatedly threatened a witness, authorities said Thursday.
Mario Williams, 32, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years’ probation and ordered to attend anger management after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor hate crime count and one count of making a threat of harm.
“We will not condone hate-filled violence,” City Atty. Mike Feuer said of the case. “My office will aggressively investigate and prosecute hate crimes and bring justice to those who inflict fear on our neighborhoods.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mildred Escobedo also issued a stay-away order from the victim, the witness in the case and the Chinatown library.
Williams approached the victim, a stranger standing at a bus stop near Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard on Aug. 7, and threatened to hit him while making anti-gay slurs.
As the victim tried to call 911, Williams hit the man in the head, again using derogatory slurs, according to prosecutors. A witness saw the victim being attacked and manage to rescue him from Williams.
Williams then fled the scene on a bus. A few hours later, the witness saw Williams at the Chinatown library and called police.
When police officers detained Williams, he threatened to retaliate against the witness.
from The Los Angeles Times
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – In a press conference Tuesday, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan offered no apologies for anti-gay comments that sparked a firestorm of reaction.
Chan has been under fire for remarks made during a secretly recorded staff meeting earlier this year in which she could be heard calling homosexuals “disgusting” and saying that gays should not be allowed to adopt children.
During the press conference, Chan acknowledged her remarks might be viewed as offensive, but asserted they were intended for a closed meeting on San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance.
“I know many people find the comments made in the meeting offensive, but again, it was a confidential meeting set in the privacy of my office where none of us are suppose to worry about what we say,” Chan said.
Chan also argued her comments, which were leaked in a report to the San Antonio Express-News, were taken out of context.
Chan said her use of the word “disgusting” was in reference to pedophilia and bestiality and not homosexuality.
“Quite frankly, I still find those behaviors disgusting.” Chan said.
“I stand strong in my First Amendment right to freedom of speech and our right to privacy. And as an immigrant, I consider this the greatest privilege of being a U.S. citizen,” Chan said, drawing applause from some members in the crowd. … “My belief, my views are mine. I do not impose that on anybody else. I’m not asking anybody to agree with me.”
Reaction to Chan’s anti-gay comments was widespread when the story first broke on Friday. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was quick to speak out against the councilwoman.
“Councilwoman Chan’s comments were hurtful and misinformed and they don’t reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of San Antonians,” Castro said. “San Antonio is a city where everybody belongs. We’re a city that treats folks with respect and appreciates our diversity.”
Chan found support from other political voices including the Justice Foundation and River City Tea Party Patriots. According to statements from each organization:
“The Justice Foundation defends Councilperson Elisa Chan’s statement which was attributed in the newspaper as being homophobic. These are natural reactions and legitimate points of view which as an American citizen, and as a Texan, she has a right to express and act upon.”
“The River City Tea Party hereby expresses it support for our fellow Conservative, District 9 City Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her anti-homosexual stance.”
On Monday, Chan’s office issued a written statement:
“The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.”
A group fighting homophobia has filed a complaint against Twitter for incitement to hatred following a stream of anti-gay tweets on its French site at the weekend, a lawyer told AFP Tuesday.
The IDAHO Committee’s French branch lodged a complaint in Paris after tweets appeared on Saturday and Sunday with hashtags titled “gays must disappear” and “let’s burn gays”, lawyer Felicite-Esther Zeifman told AFP.
“These illicit tweets on Twitter’s site characterise the offence of public incitement to discrimination, to hatred or national, racial or religious violence,” read the complaint seen by AFP.
“Despite alerts, Twitter allowed a homophobic atmosphere to develop on the social network and gave no serious response” to the tweets, the group said on Monday when it announced it would complain.
The French ministers for women’s rights and the digital economy condemned the abuse in a joint statement.
“Incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence towards a person or group of people because of where they come from, their religion or their sexual orientation is against French law. These acts or words are punishable by law and the fact that they were delivered virtually does not make the people behind them any less punishable,” Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Fleur Pellerin said in a statement on Monday.
Twitter’s head of safety, Del Harvey, wrote on his account @delbius: “Twitter conforms to the laws of the countries in which it is present but does not proactively survey or filter content. If content is flagged as violating Twitter rules it will be checked and dealt with accordingly”.
The “let’s burn gays” hashtag had been removed on Monday though homophobic messages continued to be visible on the site.
Twitter hit the headlines this month after a woman lawmaker and feminist campaigner in Britain received threats, including of rape.
The microblogging platform has faced calls to do more to prevent abuse, with an online petition calling for it to add a “report abuse” button to tweets attracting more than 120,000 signatures.
In July, Twitter handed over data to French authorities to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic tweets.
Extra staff were being added to its teams handling abuse reports, Twitter said.
from The Raw Story
A Bronx gang member was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for his role in a horrific 2010 gay bashing attack. Nelson Falu was among eight members of the “Latin King Goonies” who tortured and beat two teenage boys and a 30-year-old man over the course of several hours in a Bronx home, while using anti-gay slurs.
Prosecutors say the gang members sodomized two of the men with a plunger, chained one to a chair, and used a cigarette lighter to inflict burns.
Falu, 20, and two other participants, took guilty pleas in June.
Falu, who copped to a robbery plea, declined to say anything before his sentencing, and his victims were not in court.
Prosecutor Theresa Gottlieb told Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett her office made the plea offer because the victims don’t want to relive “the nightmare” on the witness stand.
The cases against the other gang members are still pending.
The New York Daily News
7 Arrested For Anti-Gay Hate Crimes
More than 32,000 people have signed a petition asking CNN to stop hosting anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins to speak on behalf of America’s Christians following Perkins’ appearance on the network to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality decisions.
Just minutes after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, CNN invited Perkins – president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) – to peddle lies about the decision’s impact on religious liberty. No other Christians were interviewed during the segment, despite the fact that a majority of Christians oppose DOMA.
Following Perkins’ appearance, Faithful America – a group working toward “reclaiming Christianity from the religious right” – launched a petition asking CNN to stop relying on the hate group leader to “speak on behalf of America’s Christians.” The petition has already garnered more than 32,000 signatures.
CNN frequently relies on Perkins and members of his organizations to act as spokespersons for American Christians, especially when covering LGBT issues.
Perkins was recently invited by the network to downplay major victories for marriage equality and peddle the myth that allowing openly gay members into the Boy Scouts would result in sexual abuse. During the 2012Republican presidential primary, Perkins frequently appeared on CNN to speak on behalf of religious voters.
Peter Sprigg, FRC’s senior fellow for policy studies, has also made numerous appearances on CNN attacking marriage equality.
from Media Matters
Alec Baldwin recently threatened to put his foot in a reporters a– during a gay-bashing Twitter rant. But it seems more like he put it in his own mouth.
Now conservative activists are rallying against the 55-year-old actor to have him stripped of his Capital One endorsement deal denying him the right to ever ask “What’s in your wallet?” again.
“It’s still a free country and Alec Baldwin can do as much gay bashing as he likes on Twitter, but it’s hard to understand why Capital One would choose to publicly condone his homophobia by keeping Baldwin on as its spokesman,” John Hawkins from RightWingNews.com told Breitbart.com. “If Capital One is not going to do the right thing, then Capital One doesn’t deserve our business.”
Jimmy LaSalvia, a gay conservative strategist and GOProud co-founder who works with Hawkins added, “We urge all Americans to ask themselves, ‘What’s in your wallet?’ We hope they will reject Alec Baldwin’s homophobia by cutting up those Capital One cards in their wallets.”
The bid to the credit card company to sever ties with Baldwin or boycott against them comes after the star sent a statement of apology for his comments to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation,” Baldwin wrote Friday. “My anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly lying and disseminating libelous information about my wife and her conduct at our friend’s funeral service.”
His online rant against Stark came after the reporter claimed Bladwin’s wife, Hilaria, was tweeting during James Gandolfini’s memorial service, which was later reported as inaccurate.
“[I’d] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much,” the actor tweeted shortly after the Daily Mail’s article was published. “I’m gonna find you George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck you … up.”
Additionally he called out to recruit “all my followers and beyond to straighten out this fucking little bitch, George Stark.”
Baldwin later deactivated his ABFoundation Twitter account for which he sent the homophobic tweets from and told Vanity Fair he would “never” reactivate it again.
As for his last ill-advised tweeting statements through that page, the “Blue Jasmine” star added in his GLAAD apology that, “as someone who fights against homophobia, I apologize … I would not advocate violence against someone for being gay and I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay community understand that my attack on Mr. Stark in no way was the result of homophobia.”
GLAAD responded to Baldwin’s apology by saying he is “making it clear that the intent behind his tweets does not excuse his language” and “there are now other visible actions that he should take to fight anti-gay violence and GLAAD looks forward to working with him.”
Still, conservative activists can’t help but compare Baldwin’s slap on the wrist to the harsh ramifications former Food Network star chef Paula Deen has received for using the N-Word.
Deen’s actions have caused several endorsement deals to end including Target, Walmart, Sears and her network series, causing the 66-year-old southern chef’s empire to crash and burn.
“Liberals and conservatives may not agree on much, but we should certainly be able to agree that Alec Baldwin’s comments were way over-the-line and completely inappropriate,” Hawkins added.
However, Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at Media Research Center predicts Baldwin won’t receive similar sanctions to Deen.
“Companies know the media won’t beat them up for keeping Baldwin on board, despite his violent threat and homophobic comments,” he explained. “Why? Because he’s liberal and the same rules don’t apply.”
As of now, Baldwin has reactivated his ABFoundation Twitter account although no new tweets have been written.
from The New York Daily News
PARIS – Four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a Lille gay bar, the Interior Ministry said Thursday, amid nationwide tensions over a bill that would legalize gay marriage.
Several other people were detained in Paris late Wednesday after a protest against gay marriage that ended with some demonstrators fighting police and damaging cars along the Champs-Elysees avenue.
Legalizing gay marriage was one of President Francois Hollande’s campaign promises, and polls show a majority of voters support the idea, as an increasing number of governments open marriage to same-sex couples.
But opposition to the bill has mounted throughout the French legislative process, largely from conservative groups from France’s conservative heartland. While the protests are largely peaceful, violence has occasionally erupted on the sidelines.
At the same time, gay rights groups say they are seeing an increasing number of anti-gay attacks in recent weeks and months.
Hollande urged calm, expressing concern Thursday about “homophobic acts, violent acts” related to the gay marriage bill while insisting he respects “the right to protest.”
Interior Minister Manuel Valls took a sterner tone, saying in a statement Thursday that he “condemns, with the greatest firmness, the homophobic aggression perpetrated last night in a bar” in Lille. He said the four suspects “clearly belonged to the extreme right movement” and are accused of intentionally targeting gay customers in the bar, punching the bar manager and causing material damage.
In a first reading, both houses of the French parliament have approved the bill that would legalize gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. The second reading is taking place this week.
from The Associated Press
RICE LAKE, WISCONSIN – A gay employee of Applebee’s in Rice Lake was brutally bashed by the husband of a co-worker, then told by the restaurant’s manager he could not return to work due to publicity surrounding the incident, he said.
Timothy Phares subsequently did return to his job as a server after Greg Flynn, CEO of Apple American Group franchise, intervened on his behalf.
According to Phares and his sister Krista katherine, they were getting out of his car in the parking lot of a Perkins restaurant on March 17 when Rien Hendricks and his wife Shannon Hendricks pulled up behind them in an SUV.
“(Hendricks) was getting out of his vehicle, and he said, ‘Fucking faggot, I’m going to kill you,’” Phares said.
At that point Phares said Hendricks struck him in the head with great force using a 2 x 4 piece of lumber. In a written statement, Krista katherine said she heard her brother’s head smack the pavement, but Tim Phares lost consciousness and doesn’t remember anything else before waking up in the hospital.
Phares suffered head and facial abrasions as well as multiple facial fractures that will ultimately require surgery to implant metal plates, he said.
Hendricks, 36, of Rice Lake, was taken into custody following the attack and charged with substantial battery intended to inflict bodily harm, a Class 1 felony. Hendricks, who has prior convictions for theft, false representation and distributing marijuana, is free on bail.
In the past, Hendricks has also faced charges for bail jumping and violating unemployment law.
In addition to retaining her job at Applebee’s, Shannon Hendricks has not been charged for her role in the attack. And despite the anti-gay slur shouted prior to the attack, which was heard by both Tim and Krista katherine, the assault is not being prosecuted as a hate crime, Phares said.
The Rice Lake Police Department did not return WiG’s calls, and so far WiG has not been successful in reaching the Barron County district attorney’s office.
Although Phares returned to work at Applebee’s, he doesn’t expect to remain on the job for long. He said he’s disappointed that the restaurant refuses to dismiss Shannon Hendricks, who drove her husband to the crime scene and watched the assault. And he’s angry that the restaurant allowed a post to remain on its Facebook page calling him a “faggot,” despite his complaints, he said.
The anti-gay slur was removed after WiG brought it to the attention of corporate marketing manager Katy Sincko, who at first defended the post, saying, “We aren’t in the practice of hiding things on there (Facebook).” About 20 minutes later, however, she called to thank WiG for bringing the slur to her attention and to say it had been deleted.
Phares said the reason behind the assault is a mystery to him, although a local source familiar with the players in this story contacted WiG to say there’s more to it than Phares is revealing. The source claimed that Phares’ behavior played a role in prompting his problems at Applebee’s as well as the attack.
Phares said he’s aware that he has local detractors and dismissed their take on the situation as “ridiculous.”
The attack appears to be related to an incident that occurred in the restaurant just days prior. After being treated abusively by a diner he was serving, Phares said he asked restaurant manager Tara Steinberg to have someone else take over the table, a party of eight. According to Phares, he was following company policy.
As the diner was leaving the restaurant, other patrons who’d been seated nearby said the diner had made a number of embarrassing anti-gay and homophobic slurs while Phares was serving him, according to Phares.
“The patron called the restaurant the next day and said he would not come back inside the restaurant until I was fired,” Phares said. “(Steinberg) told me they were going to write me up for the situation, and if I got one more write-up I would be fired.”
At that point, Phares said, he put in his two-week notice.
But before the attack, Phares had a change of heart and told Steinberg he wanted to take back his notice. She agreed at the time, he said, but following the attack she told him that his bashing had attracted so much negative publicity that the restaurant didn’t want him back. Steinberg said she could not comment on an employment matter.
It was only after Flynn and Sincko intervened that Phares got his job back, he said. His initial gratitude toward the company over its intervention and concern for his injuries faded when the restaurant refused to delete homophobic remarks posted on its Facebook page.
Phares said he doesn’t feel safe on the job, claiming that the husband of another co-worker threatened to kill him if he returned to Applebee’s.
Sincko told WiG that Applebee’s has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. She also said the company provided domestic partner benefits to workers in states where same-sex marriage and civil unions are legal, but noted that franchisees might have different policies.
Phares’ case is not the first high-profile embarrassment for Applebee’s. In February, a server at an Applebee’s in St. Louis was fired after posting an image of the receipt left behind by a pastor on the online site Reddit. On the receipt, the pastor wrote a complaint about the automatic 18-percent tip added to the bill (for a party of eight), saying, “I Give God 10 percent Why do you Get 18?”
Applebee’s firing of the waitress who posted the receipt prompted a massive Internet backlash against the company.
Rice Lake also took a negative turn in the headlines last year when GOP state Rep. Roger Rivard, who formerly represented the area in Madison, provoked outrage nationwide after publicly stating that “some girls rape easy.”
Phares said that despite what’s happened to him recently, he’s happy to be back in his hometown after living in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas. He said local residents and his family have overwhelmingly supported him throughout his ordeal.
“People have reached out and asked me to come work for them,” he said. “I think the people here have come a long way.”
from The Wisconsin Gazette
It sounds like Michelle Shocked might not intend to let the cancelation of her tour stop her from showing up anyway.
Friday afternoon, the beleaguered singer tweeted that she would be appearing at Saturday night at McCabe’s in Santa Monica for a “speaking engagement” on the subject of “Effects of Gay-Bashing on the L.A. Mayoral Race.”
This came as news to the club — and not good news.
“She is not welcome at McCabe’s,” said the venue’s angry concert director, Lincoln Myerson, who had just learned about Shocked’s vow — or threat — to show up after he got calls regarding the singer’s mysterious tweet. On Monday, the guitar shop and concert venue joined nearly every other club on her itinerary in canceling her planned show after the singer’s alleged anti-gay comments at the opening gig of the tour Sunday night in San Francisco led to mass walkouts and media furor.
Myerson said the club had not heard from Shocked at all during the week, despite repeated attempts to reach her before and since the show cancellation. He added that, as of a couple days ago, none of the other halls or clubs that had canceled her shows had heard a peep out of the mercurial performer, either.
“Had Michelle attempted to talk to me [about taking part in some kind of nonmusical forum], I might have attempted to work something out with her.” Myerson said. “But for her to go rogue on this shows that she’s her own sheriff. If she wants to do it at the park down the street, she can do it there, but she can’t do it at McCabe’s. I’m not intending to clean up this mess for her. I wish I could get on and tweet, ‘Hey, it’s at her house — here’s her address.’”
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter via Twitter if she intended to make her “appearance” some sort of guerrilla action, Shocked, who was arrested two years ago at an Occupy protest, responded: “OK, OCCU-PIE!!” She also retweeted a fan who said: “You mean like on the sidewalk in front of @McCabesGuitar? It doesn’t get much more punk rock than that. I’m there.”
The club had received everything from benign petitions to actual threats from LGBT supporters throughout the week, and now there is concern that activists might believe her supposed appearance is sanctioned. “I don’t want to deal with broken glass and broken guitars,” Myerson said. “And to find out about this from news agencies instead of Michelle herself is irresponsible and offensive.”
Myerson added: “I can’t stop her from having a rally on the sidewalk. But I’ve alerted the police department, saying I think there might be trouble and could they have a couple of extra patrol cars cruise by.” He’s worried because the store planned to be open up until the once-scheduled showtime to process refunds for a few dozen ticketholders who haven’t already gotten their money back.
On Monday, McCabe’s was receiving petitions and threats of protests from LGBT activists if the show went on. But there were other reasons for joining the wave of cancelations, like Shocked refusing to respond to club owners’ inquiries about whether she planned to use her upcoming concerts as a platform for similarly outraging speeches, or even if she did actually still plan to show up.
Now they know: She’s planning on putting in an appearance, all right.
Even now, despite this apparent act of antagonism, Myerson would like to give the veteran performer — who previously had been a McCabe’s favorite — the benefit of the doubt about the intent behind her suggestion to the San Francisco audience that they tweet that she said, “God hates faggots.”
“I think she might have been trying to make a point about ‘I love both bigots and queers,’ but if so, she did a crappy job of it,” he said. “If you want to make a point about the hypocrisy of racism, you don’t go into the First AME Church and lob the N-word and then expect to get a reasonable debate going.”
Shocked is only speaking with the media via Twitter, since her volunteer publicist walked off the job Thursday after less than 48 hours on duty. Shocked is believed to have been acting as her own booker on the scotched tour, despite contact info for a booking agent on her website. Until midweek, that same contact page also listed a publicist who had not worked with her for several years who said he had sent Shocked legal threats to get his name and phone number removed from her site.
Shocked also tweeted Friday that she plans to show up come what may at her May 4 gig in Madison, Wis. That’s the one show on her tour that hasn’t been canceled, apparently due to the club owner being on vacation and unreachable in Mexico. But a contact at the venue told local press, “There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll cancel this.”
As for Shocked’s interest in the subject of “gay-bashing in the L.A. mayoral race,” further information can be found in the Q&A with her that Spin.com published Thursday. In that conversation, apropos of little, Shocked brought up the election and told her confused interviewer that she supported candidate Wendy Greuel, on the way to mocking gay GOP candidate Kevin James (who did not make the runoff) as being “as affordable as any other politician.” Chances are Greuel will not be showing up outside McCabe’s to accept Shocked’s endorsement.
Despite some baffling attempts to explain herself this week, Shocked continues to be a pariah among some gay former supporters. “What the hell?” comedian Margaret Cho wrote Thursday on Huffington Post. “It’s freaky to me, the whole business of going from a queer icon to someone who would actually say that God hates us. When the shock wore off, I found that people were super angry, but I just got scared.”
from The Hollywood Reporter
Michelle Shocked Says ‘God Hates Faggots’
VISALIA, CALIFORNIA – A Visalia math and science teacher is under fire after possibly posting what the school district is calling an inappropriate anti-gay comment.
The Visalia Unified School District is beginning the early stages of an investigation into Steven Post, a Redwood High School teacher, district officials said.
Claims were made Friday that Post commented on a USA Today story about athletes, particularly those in the NFL, coming out as gay.
The story dealt with Brendon Ayanbadejo, a Baltimore Ravens player who has adamantly fought for gay rights, including the right for same-sex marriage.
The problem isn’t that Post made a comment, as the school district respects freedom of speech, school officials said. The problem comes with what was posted and what may have been implied, said Cindi Costa, assistant superintendent of human resources.
The comment as stated: “The hom osex uals [sic] will destroy you if you say anthing against them. They have a Facists agenda. They will stomp on you with their jackboots if you say anything against them. Period.”
The comment, which identified Post as the person who wrote it, also identified that he worked for Visalia Unified School District and that he was a math and science teacher. The comment was linked to his Facebook account.
Costa said it’s one thing for someone to post a comment, it’s another to identify the comment with the school district.
“This comment in no way reflects the school district or its views,” she said. “It’s an inappropriate comment, but it’s too early to say if it violates school district policy.”
The school district was made aware of the comment when a concerned citizen emailed all seven board members, several school administrators and reporters from the Visalia Times-Delta.
The email addressed the comment and asked school officials if this was the position of the school district.
“The gay and lesbian students in any school district deserve to be treated with dignity and respect by their teachers. How can a teacher that posts hate speech online be subjective when dealing with gay and lesbian students?” said Greg Murphy in his email. “Would this be tolerated if he were talking about blacks or Mexicans in such a manner?”
Costa said while the district doesn’t have a policy on social media or such posts, they do have an anti-discrimination and hate speech code in which homosexuals would be included.
Calls to Post went unreturned Friday afternoon.
Because it’s a personnel matter, Costa said the district would be limiting the information released throughout the investigation.
from The Visalia Times-Delta
An Oregon man attacked a gay couple with a wrench because they had dyed their pet poodle’s fur bright pink, police said.
George Mason Jr, 22, allegedly screamed homophobic slurs from his SUV at partners David Beltier and Jeremy Mark as they were walking their dog in Hillsboro.
After getting out of his vehicle, Mason is accused of hitting Beltier with his hand – before grabbing a wrench and striking him in the back of the head with the tool.
Beltier told KPTV the couple were just “trying to have a good time” when Mason Jr. pulled his SUV up next to them and started shouting.
“He was saying, “Your poodle is a weird color and that’s just un-American” and “fuck you, you faggots” and shouting,” said Mark.
Mason Jr. then carried out the attack at the busy intersection, the couple claim.
With several witnesses, cops were able to trace the license plate number, track Mason Jr. down and book him into Washington County Jail.
He faces charges including assault, intimidation and unlawful use of a weapon.
Beltier, who suffered a bump on the back of his head, believes he could have died if he’d been hit hard enough.
“It just really hurts to know people are out there still like that. Who cares if my dog is pink. It’s not their dog. So leave me alone,” said Beltier.
from The New York Daily News
NEW YORK – A 23-year-old gay man was attacked on a Manhattan subway as a crowd of straphangers failed to help.
Urena Morel Frankelly and his partner were on a southbound No. 2 train Monday night when a woman took a picture of them eating and her friend called them names.
“Why you taking a picture?” the victim asked.
“Feed you face, faggot” the suspect shouted back. Another woman with her chimed in, apparently asking the partner: “Why you with that faggot?”
An argument erupted, and the two women, joined by three others plus a man, attacked Frankelly, police said.
His partner tried to intervene, but the victim was repeatedly punched.
The pair managed to get off the train at the next stop, West 96th St., and police were called.
The victim’s left eye was swollen shut, with a cut above the socket. He was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital.
He refused comment.
“Everyone was watching — no one helped us. That was a very scary situation for us,” the partner said.
“Right now we’d just prefer to be alone.”
A short time later, detectives from the Hate Crime Task Force showed up at their Manhattan apartment to interview them.
No arrests have made been made.
from The New York Daily News
Kobe Bryant admonished one of his Twitter followers for using a homophobic insult toward another fan of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard.
Bryant, who has nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers, reprimanded a fan who tweeted “You’re gay” to another fan.
In response to the insult that was posted Sunday on his own Twitter feed, Bryant tweeted: “Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.”
Bryant was fined $100,000 in April for using a gay slur in a nationally televised game, an incident that NBA commissioner David Stern called “offensive and inexcusable.”
After receiving a technical foul in a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant yelled at referee Bennie Adams before muttering a gay slur while sitting on the bench. The episode was caught on camera during TNT’s national telecast.
Bryant apologized a day later, saying that he did not mean to offend anyone.
Following his tweet Sunday, one of Bryant’s followers reminded the All-Star about April’s incident.
Bryant tweeted in response: “exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.”
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A man who admitted to assaulting another man at a Detroit gas station because he believed the victim was gay has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The Justice Department says Everett Avery of Detroit was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. He earlier pleaded guilty to a hate crime.
A message seeking comment was sent today to a lawyer for Avery.
Authorities say Avery punched Justin Alesna in the face in March 2011. Alesna says he was in line to buy cigarettes when a man told him he was standing too close and directed anti-gay slurs toward him.
Alesna says he told the man he was gay and was punched twice. Alesna later posted an Internet video showing his facial injuries from the attack.
from The Detroit Free Press