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Steven Nelson Was Strangled, Kicked 30 Times With Steel-Toed Boots

A gay Idaho man was brutally murdered last week, left naked and alone to die, after responding to an online ad for a male escort. 

Four men are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Steven Nelson, 49, who was choked and kicked about 30 times with steel-toed boots on Friday following an apparent robbery, according to police. They are not currently facing hate crime charges.

Nelson, who worked at Boise State University, had responded to the ad on the website Backpage, according to The Idaho Press-Tribune. 

Nelson later picked up one of the suspects, 22-year-old Kelly Schneider, at a Wal-Mart in Nampa before driving him to an area known as Gotts Point, near Lake Lowell. After Nelson offered to pay Schneider for sex, another man arrived with a rifle. 

That’s when Schneider threw Nelson to the ground and began choking and kicking him, KTVB.com reports. Two other men also showed up, and the suspects took Nelson’s clothes, wallet and car keys before forcing him to tell them the PIN number for his credit cards. 

After the suspects drove off in his car, Nelson walked naked to a nearby home. He was taken to the hospital, but died hours later from cardiac arrest. 

“A lot of people whom I’ve personally talked to think it’s a hate crime,” Becky Tallent, Nelson’s former journalism professor at the University of Idaho, told the Press-Tribune. “If you are targeting a group of people to harm them, it is a hate crime.”

Schneider, 21-year-old Kevin Tracy, 28-year-old Jayson Woods and 23-year-old Daniel Henkel were arrested and charged with murder and robbery, KTVB reports. Schneider faces an additional charge of grand theft. If convicted, all four could face up to life in prison or the death penalty. Sheriff Kieran Donahue told KTVB the four men were part of “a conspiracy ring” that robbed others who answered ads for sex in the past, and is urging those victims to come forward. 

Denise Bennett, another one of Nelson’s former journalism professors, called him a “bright, creative, passionate person” who had “an excellent sense of humor.” 

When Nelson was Bennett’s student, he was featured in a documentary she produced, “Little Blue Dots,” about the challenges LGBT people face living in red states like Idaho. 

“In 2014, when (Gov.) Butch Otter was really saying some crazy things about gay marriage, we decided to focus on that issue,” said Bennett.

Susie Black-Haynes told KTVB she knew Nelson for 15 years, and remembers him as “a goofball,” “fun,” “very sweet,” and “loving.”

A memorial service for Nelson is set for May 14 at Boise State University, where he worked as the phonathon manager overseeing the call center. 
Image of Steve Nelson: Screenshot via Vimeo

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WHITE NATIONALISM IS HATE

White Nationalist Congressman Tweets White Nationalist Group’s Motto in Sex Worker Meme

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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.

 

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RNC Reinforces Ties to Trump by Moving Major Donor Dinner to Mar-a-Lago

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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 

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LIES AND THE LYING LIARS THAT TELL THEM

Marjorie Taylor Greene Lies Pending LGBTQ Equality Bill Has ‘Completely Canceled Women’ and ‘Destroyed Women’s Rights’

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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.

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