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Tea Party Opponent of Gabrielle Giffords Called to Remove her by Shooting M16s

January 08, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes

This morning Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a Safeway grocery store during a Congress at your Corner event. Prior to that, Tea Partier Sarah Palin had placed the congressperson on a “target” list for removal, noting on a map the congresspersons location with a gun site as more fully reported on by Andrew Sullivan.

In June, 2010, Republican Jesse Kelly, the Tea Party supported opponent of Gabrielle Griffords for the congressional seat, posted the following upcoming events on his Facebook page:

Shoot an M16 with Jesse Kelly

To clarify, the event held on June 12, 2010, was to remove Gabrielle Giffords from office by shooting “a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

While details on the shooter are still sketchy, such irresponsible calls to remove people by learning to shoot a gun or placing gun sites on their location surely have some responsibility in the idea that violence is an acceptable way to confront political difference.

Gabrielle Giffords is a supporter of pro-equality measures, including, but not limited to: hate crimes legislation, employment non-discrimination policies, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to her and her family.

SAPD Admits Murder of Troy Martinez Clattenburg Was a Hate Crime (Finally).

April 14, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News, Uncategorized

Troy Martinez ClattenburgAs previously reported here, Troy Martinez Clattenburg of San Antonio, Texas, was shot in the back of the head.  His murderer, Cody Carmichael, confessed to shooting Troy because Troy allegedly made sexual advances toward Cody.  During the investigation, Detective Cardenas of the San Antonio Police Department continually denied that Troy’s murder was a hate crime and stated that it was not being investigated as such.  In fact, when Troy’s sister, Ginger Hicks, inquired further, Detective Cardenas stated that just because Troy was gay and murdered, doesn’t mean it was a hate crime.

While it is true that a gay person can be murdered without bias or prejudice being the motivator, the murderer’s own confession seems to tell the truth of this situation.  Troy was murdered because he was a gay man.  But Troy was much more than just a homosexual, he was a brother, a friend and a son with a family who loved him enough to speak out about what had happened to Troy and demand answers from the police department.

In a closed meeting yesterday afternoon, Troy’s mother and other members of his family sat with three Deputy Chiefs of the San Antonio Police Department, including Jose Banales, and Dr. J. Lynne Armstrong of the Texas Police Officers Training Corp.  Upon inquiry, the deputy chiefs readily admitted that Troy’s murder was a hate crime, a revelation that came as a shock to his distraught family who had been continually advised otherwise without a reasonable explanation.  In fact, my own inquiries and those of other media persons found similar results.  This change of tone of the San Antonio Police Department came just days before the pre-indictment hearing of Cody Carmichael, who was released from prison 3 days after his confession on $100,000.00 bond.

When is a Hate Crime Not a Hate Crime? – When SAPD Investigates

March 20, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes

The San Antonio Police Department has refused to investigate the murder of Troy Martinez Clattenberg as a hate crime in spite of a confession from his murderer, Cody Carmichael, wherein Carmichael stated to police that he shot Clattenburg because the victim made sexual advances toward him.

Troy was murdered on February 21, 2010 in my hometown.  His murderer, was charged this past Monday with bail set at $100,000.00.

Troy’s body was found laying under a poster of the ten commandments in his apartment.

Troy’s murderer, Cody Carmichael, states that the sexual advances came while an unidentified man was with them, providing Cody with the gun.  Cody then left the apartment, took the man home and returned.  Troy had dinner in the microwave, some meat loaf and green beans, when he answered the door.  He didn’t get to eat.  Cody shot him.

As his murderer prepares for the highly successful Gay Panic Defense, let’s talk about what San Antonio’s pro-LGBT Police Chief is doing for the community.

Apologizing, again… and again

This latest slap in the face from the department comes just weeks after an SAPD officer raped a transwoman in the backseat of his patrol car and just months after the SAPD raided the home of a lesbian couple, laid panties and bras on the bed and harassed the two women about their sexual orientation [see links above].

I’ve had my own problems with discrimination from the San Antonio Police Department, including an incident where a group of skinheads threatened to murder me for being a “faggot.”  When the police arrived, they escorted me from the scene and released my assailants.

Isn’t it about time we say, “ENOUGH!?”  Isn’t it about time we GetEQUAL?

***UPDATE***

Cody Carmichael has been released on bond.

Gay Student Beaten Because Administrators Ignored Pleas for Help

November 19, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

hateeducationI don’t expect a lot from our public school system, particularly in Texas where they teach to the test. However, this takes the cake for irresponsibility.

Jayron Martin, a 16 year old freshman at Langham Creek High School, was told by a friend that a group of kids were going to attack him.  He advised the administration and was told they would call the group into the office, but they didn’t.

Jayron shared a bus with the group threatening him and advised the bus driver of the situation.  When Jayron got off the bus, the group chased him.  In fleeing for his life, Jayron ran into a neighbor’s home, the attackers followed and one of the teens began beating him with a metal pipe.  The beating lasted about 7 minutes.  The neighbor came down stairs with a shotgun and threatened the attacker, but he kept beating Jayron – until the neighbor cocked the gun.

Jayron’s attacker is now being charged within the juvenile court system with charges of aggravated assault.

Jayron’s mother, Lakenya, told KHOU: “I’m disgusted.  I’m sorry, after the fact, doesn’t do it.  The school district let us down.  I mean, let all of us down because it could have been any one’s kid.”  But it wasn’t any one’s kid, it was Lakenya Martin’s son.  She has to fight this battle now – will you fight with her, or wait until it’s your child?

San Antonio Man Murdered for Making Sexual Advances on Another Man

November 14, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, iQreport, LGBT News

gaypanicA San Antonio man was murdered in front of a local bar after he allegedly made a sexual advance toward another man. Enrique Santos, 22,  has confessed to the murder of 50 year old, Jorge Sgetelmeg, stating that a fight broke out after Sgetelmeg purchased some beer for Santos.  According to Santos’ confession and affidavit, Sgetelmeg and he were sharing the beer in his SUV.  Sgetelmeg made a sexual advance at Santos and Santos punched him several times in the face before removing a rock from his pocket and hitting him several more times – then chocking the man with a neck tie.

Sgetelmeg was found dead, but Santos’ driving was no match for his intoxication.  He crashed and was arrested by police fro driving while intoxicated and on a previous traffic warrant.  The connection to the murder was made by the detectives as witnesses had provided a description of Santos’ black SUV.

This happened in my hometown.  It’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last violent, unnecessary crime that occurs simply because someone’s ego was compromised; however, we can only hope that a San Antonio jury will not acquit this admitted murderer as other juries have done when the Gay Panic Defense has been invoked.

When Wishes Come True – Hate Crimes Legislation Passes Senate

October 22, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

matthew-shepard-head-shot3The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Act just passed the Senate.  If Obama signs the legislation, it will be the first inclusive federal law on the books.

Today is also my birthday and this morning I joked on my Facebook that it would be fantastic if my birthday wish for passage of the Hate Crimes bill by the Senate came true.

A few moments ago, my wish became a reality.

I remember when Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay.  It’s as clear to me today as it was then.  I remember the vigils, the hope and the fear.  On October 11th, 2009, the day before the 11th anniversary of Matthew’s death, I stood only a few feet away from Judy Shepard.  I looked up at her and saw my own mother staring back as she said, “My son was murdered by hate.”

I remember when I came out to my mother, she started crying.  She was terrified for my safety, but I was young and immortal.  A few months ago we had the conversation again – the one about my safety.  Then I had the conversation with a friend, and another friend, and another… seems there is a lot of concern for this gay man’s safety simply because I’m a gay man.

I also remember when, in a small east Texas town just a few hours drive from me, James Byrd was tied to the back of a truck and dragged down the road because he was a black man.  I marched on Austin, Texas shortly thereafter with about 500 brave people willing to march that cold and rainy day.  We demanded, “Stop the Hate! Stop the Violence!”

The stories of victims of hate crimes could easily be my story, or your story.  Judy Shepard could have been my mother – or rather, my mother could have been Judy Shepard.

When I quipped on Facebook that I would love my birthday wish to come true, I thought I would be celebrating the victory.  Instead, I find myself drifting back to 11 years, 10 days ago when the world was told that Matthew Shepard did not survive.  I remember the profound and lingering effect his death had on me.  I remember my fear and how I allowed that fear to rule me for far too long.

Senate Majority Leader Endorses National Equality March, Repeal of DADT and Passage of ENDA

October 03, 2009 By: jaysays Category: DADT, Hate Crimes, Headline, iQreport, LGBT News, Marriage Equality

harryreidNationalEqualityMarchSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) has been busy lately fighting for social justice, health care reform and the rights and promotion of a peaceful society.  In a September 30, 2009 letter to Derek Washington, Director of Diversity Outreach for the National Equality March, Senator Reid states:

I will continue to work tirelessly to pass the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, as well as to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. I will also continue to advocate for funding of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, research, and housing programs.

His letter goes on to state:

I believe that every American should be treated equally under the law regardless of religion, sexual orientation, gender, race, or other forms of identity. I see your struggle for equality as part of a larger movement for peace and social justice.

Harry Reid has really stepped up to the plate as a “fierce advocate” for social justice and is truly filling the shoes once worn by Ted Kennedy.  Please be sure to let Sen. Reid know how much we appreciate his work and offer your support as he battles for the rights of all Americans.

The Face of Hatred – A Hate Crime Survivor

September 29, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Michael was beaten on August 14, 2009, because he is “gay.”  I can’t say it better than Michael:

I thought it was very important that I do this video right away because I need to let people know that even though there is that much hatred in the world, I will continue to do good things for people.

Vandals Attempt to Silence Pro-LGBT Messages.

September 28, 2009 By: jaysays Category: DADT, Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Former marine, Tim Smith, is one of the many who have risked their life to defend this country’s freedom.  However, in spite of his heroism, he was discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy.  Having served in the marines, Tim Smith is no stranger to fighting.  Rather than just roll over in the face of his discharge, he chose to become the face for a Memphis area billboard:MGLCCprevandal

Unfortunately, this particular billboard was attacked by vandals on Friday night. All that remains visible are the faded faces of past messages:

MGLCC

This act wasn’t the only bit of vandalism that occurred this weekend. The Equality Texas offices were attacked as well. Vandals left the office contents, but shattered the facade:

vandalism

In spite of the efforts of vandals, our message remains. We are still standing and we must continue the fight for civil equality until we can proudly change our message to a victory cry: “Mission Accomplished.” We too shall overcome.

Equality Texas is seeking contributions to help pay for the damage to the center.  While insured, the coverage is for contents only and a lease exclusion makes the organization responsible for damage to glass.  If you can help, please donate to Equality Texas.

Cannon’s Killer Sentenced to 25 years for Manslaughter

August 18, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

Teish GreenDwight DeLee was the first person to be prosecuted in Onondaga County New York under hate crimes legislation for the murder of Lateisha Green (who is often referred to in the media by her birth name, Moses Cannon).

Lateisha, or Teish as she was known by friends, and her brother, Mark Cannon, had received a call from a friend to come over to talk.  They headed to the Seymour Street address and were still talking with the girl when the gunman walked up to the care and fired.

Mark was in the driver seat and drove away from the scene toward safety.  They were found 13 blocks away.  Mark survived the gunshot wound, but Teish was dead.

Yesterday, DeLee was sentenced to the lessor crime of manslaughter and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The story of Teish’s murder spawned much criticism, including this comment on one of the original stories:

If the police find the alleged shooter and he happens to be black, this can never be prosecuted as a hate crime. Everyone knows that the only people that ever hate are white Caucasian males that believe in God. – crazedmaniac

I can’t help but wonder if the person who wrote the above non-sense (perhaps rhetorically) now sees that, not only was the murderer a black man, but he was also prosecuted under hate crimes legislation.  So much for the theory that hate crimes target white folk.

See: DeLee sentenced to 25 years in prison for hate crime – NewsChannel 9 WSYR.