A high school student says he was lured to a local park by people he thought were his friends. They then beat him because he’s gay.
Two weeks ago, 17-year old Dylan Beard was lured to a skate park in Baytown, TexasÂ by one friend, then beaten by others. They called him “faggot,” and “booty lover.” They broke his nose, punched him, kicked him in the ribs, and left him with Â chipped teeth, severe bruises and lacerations on his knees, elbows and face.
Dylan’s mother says the local police aren’t doing enough, and she’s hired a lawyer who’s now asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate this as a hate crime.
“We are asking for the Department Of JusticeÂ to step in and investigate this assault as a hate crime. It was planned to target him because he’s gay,” Quanell X, Beard’s attorney,Â said in a press conference yesterday. He accusesÂ police of being negligent, ignoring witnesses, refusing statements, and insulting Dylan, just because he’s gay.
“It doesn’t make you a man, it doesn’t make you a tough guy, it doesn’t make you some real person to be proud of because you want to prey on a little kid because he’s gay,”Â Quanell X added. “Why don’t you pick on somebody your own size? Why won’t you pick on some men who you know will fight you back?”
“This little kid does not deserve to be treated like this. Whether you agree or disagree with his sexual orientation, or not, it does not give anyone the right to treat him like he’s less than a human being and rob him of his human and civil rights.”
The suspects areÂ a 17-year-old girl and two male friends, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Baytown Police should have been more sensitive to the case, rather than having a “nonchalant” attitude with Beard and his mother, he said.
Beard is homeschooled, and though he is familiar with his attackers, he said he does not know them well. They had never attacked or insulted him before.Â
“It was horrendous, I just couldn’t even believe what I was seeing,”Â Jennifer BeardÂ said “This is a park that we’re all supposed to be able to get to … I’m scared to let him go, but I know all his friends are going to be there. I don’t know what’s going to (happen) there. It scares me now that he can be jumped because he’s gay.”
A mutual friend of Beard and the girl lured Beard to the skate park so that he could be attacked, according to the activist. Afterward, the perpetrators allegedly bragged about their actions on social media.
Police, who are accused of using anti-gay slurs, say they weren’t aware the suspects had bragged on Facebook, but Dylan’s mother says that’s how she first learned of the attack, even before her son came home from the park.
Video and screenshots via KHOU
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White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme
Dr. Paul Gosar, a Republican U.S. Rep. from Arizona and a white nationalist on Sunday tweeted out a meme featuring a sex worker and the motto from a white nationalist group.
“$50 WHATEVER YOU WANT BABY,” says a woman peering into a car. The driver says, “Can you TELL EVERYONE AMERICA FIRST IS INEVITABLE.”
“America First is inevitable,” as HuffPost reports, “is the motto of the ‘America First’ white nationalist movement headed by the racist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes.”
Gosar’s original tweet is here. NCRM has inserted a screenshot in case it gets deleted.
Gosar late last month delivered the hate group’s keynote address, then on the same day headed to CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and appeared to denounce white nationalism.
RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago
The Republican Party has had multiple chances to distance itself from former President Donald Trump, including most recently when he sent the RNC a cease and desist letter warning them to not use his name or image for fundraising. But as usual the RNC just reinforced its ties to Trump, moving a major donor dinner to Mar-a-Lago.
“The weekend retreat in early April for the party’s most influential donors will be at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, as in past years,” The Washington Post reports. “But the RNC has decided to move the Saturday evening portion of the schedule to the former president’s private club to accommodate Trump and guests who would like to visit the site.”
The move will line Trump’s pockets with cash and give him another opportunity to bask in the spotlight of the donors’ adulation.
At least 350 are expected to attend the Mar-a-Lago event.
Image Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Monday used her time to address the House of Representatives by lying to her colleagues and attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act.
The legislation, which passed the House but has not been debated in the Senate or even voted on, much less signed into law, “has completely destroyed women’s rights,” and “has completely canceled women,” the QAnon Congresswoman lied.
The Equality Act, she continued, “has taken away women’s rights in sports,” which is also false.
“It has completely canceled women and I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to the women in America who have come so far, our grandmothers and mothers worked so hard to achieve our rights. And now with the passage of the Equality Act they have put men in our little girls bathrooms, sports, locker rooms, playing fields, and seem to care less about women’s rights whatsoever.”
Again the Equality Act has only passed the House, not the Senate, nor has it been signed into law, so it has not been enacted.
“They’ve also completely destroyed religious freedoms and and violated our freedoms and rights in every single way,” she insisted, not naming who “they” are.
“The Equality Act is atrocious and evil,” she said, repeating the false claim she has made several times. “It completely erases gender, that God created us ‘male and female in his image.’ He created us. Women deserve their rights, we deserve our sports, we deserve our privacy, and should not have the invasion of biological men in any of these areas.”
Green has been trying to remake herself from a conspiracy theorist and QAnon promoter to a far right religious extremist anti-choice activist. Her diatribe on International Women’s Day did little to advance that goal, or any other cause.
On International Women’s Day, I rose to condemn the so-called “Equality” Act.
This disgusting bill destroys the rights of women and girls across America and sets a horrific precedent for the rest of the world. pic.twitter.com/qswerFcnhH
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) March 8, 2021
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