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  • Violent Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes On The Rise After Marriage Equality Ruling

    Several violent attacks on the LGBT community have occurred in the days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.

    As expected, there are lots of people who are not happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday, giving equal marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. Conservative politicians and organizations immediately lashed out through multiple media channels. Unfortunately, physical attacks have also occurred.

    On Sunday, June 28, Lucas Dylan Wilhelmson was charged with assault in North Carolina after entering an LGBT bar, criticizing the Supreme Court’s ruling, and attacking the bar’s owner. According to Qnotes, the bar’s general manager explained that the attacker came in looking to start a fight. “From the second he started talking to people, it was downhill from there. He was looking for trouble. He said he was straight, but you could tell he obviously had deep issues from what he was saying and how he was acting. When he came in, he did not seem friendly at all.” He was released after posting a $3,000 bail.

    Southern states aren’t the only places where attacks on the LGBT community occur. Incidents still happen in friendly places like San Francisco. Over the weekend, a bystander was shot at a Pride event in San Francisco. Even though reports claim the attack wasn’t related to the Pride festivities, it’s hard to ignore the event's location, or that shootings are becoming an annual Pride occurrence in San Francisco.

    In Seattle, a couple was also attacked at a Pride event over the weekend. Patrick Dettling (image, top) and Stevens Briggs say a group of three men and two women attacked them while yelling out homophobic slurs. According to KOMO news, Dettling has a broken nose, cuts, and bruises. Briggs lost a tooth in the struggle and has a broken finger. 

    On Sunday, also in Seattle, a man wearing rainbow-colored beads says he was called a homophobic slur, and his attacker, placing a gun to his stomach, asked, “is your life worth that much?” Police booked the suspect on a hate crimes charge.

    The Seattle Police report that later Sunday evening "a man and woman attacked a transgender victim." The "suspects approached and asked 'did you enjoy your parade?' followed by an anti-gay slur. The male suspect then punched the victim in the face several times as the woman jumped on the victim’s back. The attack left the victim sprawled on the sidewalk. The male suspect put his foot on the victim’s head before fleeing the scene with his accomplice."

    Police arrested one of the two suspects, also on a hate crimes charge.

    In Cincinnati, a pro LGBT business was vandalized on Sunday. The Bromwell antique store was proudly displaying pride colors during the offense, which many people believe is the reason the store was hit. It was the only business targeted on the street. Even though it’s a big coincidence that a pro LGBT business was vandalized shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, the police are not treating it as a hate crime.

    Meanwhile, on Monday night members of the LGBT community and their supporters met at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO for a town hall meeting to address violence against the community. It’s important that we celebrate the recent win with marriage equality, but it’s also important to remember that not everyone agrees with the ruling, and when emotions are high, people can react. Remaining aware and cautious over the next few weeks would be a good idea. Use the buddy system when going out, and remember to report all hate crimes to the police and media. It’s important to address these attacks immediately and inform the community when they are happening.

     

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    • commented 2015-07-04 16:58:56 -0400
      @daniel dougan! hi, dan! your comment is on point, it also makes the LGBT community look bad and gives more fodder for the bigots and hypocrites!

    • commented 2015-07-04 16:50:11 -0400
      Nevertheless, people don’t choose to be homosexual. People do choose to be bigots, and they can change that if they want to.

      I liken those street preachers to Klan members. To paraphrase Chris Rock, I don’t think they should have beaten him. But I understand.

    • commented 2015-07-04 16:44:06 -0400
      I’m sorry that those street preachers were attacked. That’s absolutely unacceptable no matter how much they were being assholes and asking for it. There’s no call for violence like that, so I’m glad the gay rights protesters who assaulted him were arrested. They should be.

      Christian business owners were terrorized? Please tell me when this happened. Protests and boycotts are not terrorism. Making life uncomfortable for them — totally fair.

      There was one lady on Twitter who made a joke about burning down Memories Pizza in Indiana, and that’s not OK. But I don’t think most people saw that as a credible threat. She was just venting.

    • commented 2015-07-04 16:07:04 -0400
      @donald Oh btw I forgot to mention. You guys meaning you “christians” brought all of this on yourselves.

    • commented 2015-07-04 16:05:09 -0400
      @tom I couldn’t help but engage him hun. It’s okay though I like messing with ignorant animals like donald. It’s fun to make them squirm and watch the steam boil out of their ears, funnier if their face turns red and their head explodes. Lolz Your right also if they did try to do a civil war against this country then they would all be held accountable for treason and hopefully this time we will kill off all the traitors instead of letting them live in poverty like we did the first time. Obviously they didn’t learn from the first time so why would they learn this time, in turn the only solution would be to get rid of the gene pool of ignorance.

    • commented 2015-07-04 16:02:02 -0400
      @donald I don’t give two shits about that pastor or that priest. They got they deserved. I am sure they were at those places to cause trouble and try to picket the events and in that case they deserved what they got. The business owners by the way were not terrorized, they were held accountable for their discrimination against a group of people and were dealt with accordingly. Your right paybacks a bitch but it’s not us getting dealt the payback, it’s you “christians” for oppressing and using your religion against people for the last 1500 years. Us LGBT have been dealing with violence from you neanderthals for hundreds of years so it’s not really payback to us. But we are def making you idiots pay back for sure and we aren’t stopping until your extinct. So you go ahead and try to justify your ignorance but none of us are falling for it. Your a dying breed and thank goodness you are. Oh you say that what I have said is a Marxist Tyrant?? Lolz What do you call christainity?? Chrisitanity is def a form of tyranny with you guys using your religion to oppress people. Stop crying persecution like a little bitch and own up to your ignorance and bigotry and reap what you sow. I am just for equal rights, the difference between me and some of my fellow community members is that I am more of the extreme on how to handle ignorant people like yourself and think we should start oppressing you guys so you can see what you guys have put people through for the last 1500 years. Anywho your opinion doesn’t matter donald and I don’t give two shits what you say. Good day ignoramus!! :3

    • commented 2015-07-04 15:57:51 -0400
      @daniel. re them taking up arms against the government, isn’t that an act of treason? i had to look it up. ‘The betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.’ ‘Persons who play only a peripheral role in a conspiracy to levy war are still considered traitors under the Constitution if an armed rebellion against the United States results.’
      granted, i copied/pasted a couple of extracts, but here is the ref: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/treason

    • commented 2015-07-04 15:51:05 -0400
      @daniel Your right hun, it wouldn’t go well for them at all.

    • commented 2015-07-04 15:50:54 -0400
      @daniel Your right hun, it wouldn’t go well for them at all.

    • commented 2015-07-04 13:19:46 -0400
      @cassandra! don’t engage donnie farland, he’s a very angry man!

    • commented 2015-07-04 13:12:11 -0400
      @cassandra spoken like a true Marxist tyrant!

    • commented 2015-07-04 13:10:54 -0400
      You all might want to talk to the pastor that got beaten at the Seattle pride event and the priest that got spit on at the NYC pride before crying victim. Oh yeah and yet’s not forget about all of the Christian business owner you terrorized! Payback is a mofo!

    • commented 2015-07-03 21:00:00 -0400
      I would never want to suggest that I would welcome another civil war (anonymous was the one who brought that up, not me). There were 1.5 million casualties (including 620,000 deaths) from the Civil War. It was devastating for both sides.

      BUT if they want to be stupid and take up arms against the United States government, I am confident that it will end badly for them.

    • commented 2015-07-03 14:00:43 -0400
      @daniel Your absolutely right hun! Tbh I would love to see another civil war, that would be the perfect excuse for us to round up and kill off all the ignorant bigots in this country. They obviously didn’t learn from the first one. They got their asses handed to them then and they will get their asses handed to them this time as well. They seem to think it’s okay to not give people equal rights and they seem to also think it’s okay to commit treason. You absolutely right as well that we do not need to back down or stop fighting for our equal rights just because people threaten violence against us and are ignorant unintelligent bigot neanderthals like anonymous. We are not going anywhere and anyone who doesn’t like it can kiss our asses!! :D Btw that last sentence was directed @anonymous!! :3

    • commented 2015-07-03 13:56:55 -0400
      @anonymous I knew it was worthless trying to speak to you. Your not intelligent enough to be able to have a actual conversation with. Close minded people like yourself who are ignorant and complete bigots do not deserve my time or the time of anyone who is actually better than you. Yes we are better than you. Lolz So everything you just said went in one ear and out the other. Your “opinion” does not matter in the least.

    • commented 2015-07-03 13:54:43 -0400
      @tom I know it’s worthless talking to anonymous but I said what I had to say and tbh his opinion does not matter at all. The opinions of bigots and ignorant people don’t matter because they are to unintelligent to actually make coherent thoughts and decisions.

    • commented 2015-07-03 10:16:49 -0400
      One more thing: we can’t just retreat from progress and equality because we are afraid of how some people might react to it violently. Those people are terrorists, and we don’t negotiate with terrorists.

    • commented 2015-07-03 09:07:47 -0400
      Remember what happened the last time bigots started a civil war against the U.S. government? That didn’t work out so well for the bigots.

    • commented 2015-07-03 02:30:09 -0400
      A lot of the trolls commenting on these articles across the blogosphere don’t seem to actually even be US citizens. They use British-English spellings for forwards, etc. So why the hell do they even care about our politics?? The UK has had equality for a while now, IIRC; so has Canada and South Africa… Most European nations in fact..

    • commented 2015-07-02 20:50:52 -0400
      By the way, the “behaviour” i was referring to in that post is PDAs.

      Let’s make some more things clear. You do not need marriage to get equal rights that marrriage gives. there are other ways to go about this such as de facto relationships and laws surrounding them.

      Walking down the street and feeling threatened is an attack against your identity. Things that attack your identity are evil.

      You are putting yourself in a catch-22 situation by attaching “RIGHTS” to your behaviours. By doing this more people are going to attack your identity.

      I know activists have converted a lot of people with their clever propoganda campaigns, but my belief is the number of people they can convert is going to plateau out. I believe there is a section of society that can’t naturally, physically tolerate homosexual intimacy, and that that can’t be changed any more than you being gay can be changed. There are also people with deep religious beliefs that probably won’t change either. There are a lot of people with moral beliefs, who’s thoughts you can probably change. But I think you’re more likely to get a civil war than you are to remove the stigma around your sexuality.

    • commented 2015-07-02 20:39:41 -0400
      As I said Cassandra, you cannot distinguish between your identity and your behaviour.

      Heterosexual behaviour gives back to society in the most profound way. That is why it is tolerated to some extent even though it causes offense too. Homosexual behaviour gives nothing back to society, that is why it is absurd for you to demand equal “Rights” for your behaviour.

      If you deserve these rights, then a man has the right to walk down the street with his loving dog in a loving consensual relationship and to kiss his dog in public. You do not deserve rights for your behaviours.

      Get your head around the difference between your identity and your behaviours. The more you pursue this issue, the more you disrespect society, the more resistance you will get.

    • commented 2015-07-02 20:25:51 -0400
      @cassandra! PLEASE, i implore you, do not respond to anonymous. his comments provoke, and each comment is the same message with variations. it is a control factor and trolling. avoid at all cost, because it will never end.

    • commented 2015-07-02 20:12:50 -0400
      @anonymous First off let it be known that I have read a lot of your posts and in doing so know that talking to will make no difference because your so ignorant that you don’t even know your ignorant. I usually wouldn’t waste my time talking to someone like yourself who one is to scared to claim your own ignorance by hiding behind a fake name and two someone who obviously knows nothing that your talking about. So now that I have said that let me go ahead and try to educate you a little bit hun. First off we are not looking to be celebrated, we are looking to be treated with the same rights as everyone else, including but not limited to the right to marraige (which let’s be clear here, there are a lot of benefits to being married. For example for tax purposes, to be able to see your loved one in the hospital and make life choices for them if need be while in the hospital and those are only a couple of reasons.), the same right to not be fired over sexual orientation or gender identity, to be able to adopt a child and raise them in a loving home without being denied that due to sexual orientation or gender identity, to be able to walk down the street holding our lover’s hand or kiss them in public (just like heterosexual couples do) without being called slurs or threatened, to be able to walk down the street period without having to worry about if I will make it home alive because a ignorant bigot might try to kill me for being me and those are only a few rights that I am speaking of. Now let’s make this clear before I go into my next little bit here. Sexual orientation and Gender identity are two different things. Sexual orientation has to do with who you are sexually attracted to and Gender identity is the gender you identify as. Now that being said your sexual orientation is a part of your identity no matter how you put it. For example I am a straight transwoman, I am only attracted to men and that is part of who I am. That doesn’t mean it’s my whole identity but it is def a big part of who I am. Also let me reiterate here that being gay or trans is no more of a choice than you being Cis or Heterosexual. So really it’s not about behavior at all like your trying to say, it’s about me as a person and in turn your trying to say that I as a person am wrong and in turn I feel you are wrong, not as a person but you are wrong in your ideas and thoughts on this matter. You say I will be disrespected for who I am?? No shit, I already know that and let’s be honest here you will also be disrespected as well just like all bigots and those who are ignorant or not willing to move forward with society will be disrespected and shunned. Now please educate yourself and find a new argument to put forth because otherwise your opinion really means nothing to anyone.

    • commented 2015-07-02 19:56:30 -0400
      @tom Tbh I think that is exactly what happened when they abolished the Jim Crow laws, and it happened for the same reason it’s happening now. The people who are against this ruling and not in favor of equal rights and fight it so hard (especially with violence) are doing so because they are afraid of what they do not understand and they are afraid of change and in turn feel threatened by it. Either way it’s no excuse for them to act in such a way towards us. Thank goodness they will die out soon enough, this world is changing and changing for the better and those who cannot adapt will be left behind and eventually fade out.

    • commented 2015-07-02 18:31:51 -0400
      There is a vast difference between wanting to be treated as human, and wanting society to support and celebrate a behaviour that gives nothing back to society.

      I know you’re being treated inhumanely in many inequal and unrighteous ways because of your identity. And that is not right.

      But your behaviours are not your identity. There is a huge difference that you need to get your head around. Before you do that you are going to run into resistance wherever you go.

      You are completely disrepecting society for a behaviour that gives nothing back to society. And disrespect is what you are going to get back until you come to realise what you’re doing wrong.

    • commented 2015-07-02 18:12:31 -0400
      @cassandra! you know, i wonder if people reacted like this when SCOTUS abolished the Jim Crow laws — violence, beating blacks up, and even mob killing! admittedly, maybe i’m too caught up in the news, but between ISIS and this, it does go beyond the pale and makes one really leery and suspicious of their surroundings.

    • commented 2015-07-02 18:01:08 -0400
      @tom! It def does beget this violence and it’s a shame. They should realize we are all human and need to be treated as such. The only reason so many people are having such issues with us is now they don’t have the ability to discriminate against us legally as much (though we still have a long way to go on that) and in turn see us as threat because they are becoming the minority slowly but surely. I agree about carrying guns. I am in the process of getting my concealed carry permit and would advise all our community to do the same. Personally I have several guns here at home including semi-autos and know how to use them very well. So if someone wants to show up causing trouble on my doorstep, they will be disposed of immediately.

    • commented 2015-07-02 17:04:42 -0400
      @cassandra! you are correct, and it seems to be more and more of it in the news. all the vitriol seems to beget this violence. i suggested once on a previous post gays should start carrying guns!

    • commented 2015-07-02 17:01:24 -0400
      This is terrible!! We are the ones being persecuted on a regular basis by people violently hurting us, I am tired of it. It’s time we start striking back. You know how the christians think they are being persecuted when they are not?? Let’s go ahead and give them a reason to feel that way and start actually persecuting them and beating the fuck out of them!! See how they fucking like it!! I am so tired of ignorant bigots that roam this planet.

    • commented 2015-07-02 15:11:38 -0400
      @paul! hi, paul! thanks for your well wishes. you know, after a while, i thought, how did i get so pulled into his conversations without ever realizing it was provocation. i guess i am just an open book to a fault! peace!

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