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Stupid Things People Say About Gays: The Prop 8 Trial Series, Part 7

February 11, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Stupid Things People Say About Gays

It didn’t take long for the opponents of equal rights to scream “BIAS!” when the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the justice presiding over the Perry case (the Prop 8 case) is a homosexual.  On the blog for the leading anti-equality organization, the National Organization for [Heterosexual Only] Marriage (NOM), its executive director, David Duke Brian S. Brown, had this to say about the justice:

He’s been an amazingly biased and one-sided force throughout this trial, far more akin to an activist than a neutral referee.

The painfully obvious truth is that had the Judge presiding over the trial been a heterosexual, white, Anglo-Saxon, protestant (as has been the case in most trials against equality), and had the queers yelled fowl as often and in the same manner that the bias-based organization NOM has yelled fowl, we would be considered radical extremists intent on denying the religious freedoms of all — oh wait, we already are considered that to NOM!!!

Since a straight judge would be biased against the gays, and a gay judge is purportedly biased against the straights, here’s my theory:  Only a bisexual judge can be unbiased and see both sides of the story… of course, even an unbiased person should be able to easily recognize the repugnant lies being told by Hate, Inc. about us queer folk.

The Question After the Vigils: Who’s Next?

November 23, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

Hate Crimes Vigil - San Antonio, TexasOver the past few days, vigils have been held for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, 19, and Jason Mattison, Jr., 15, the most recent victims of bias crimes. Jorge’s His murderer claimed that when he picked Jorge up, he thought he was a woman; however upon discovering Jorge was biologically male, the man went into a rage. It was a rage so violent that the attacker was burned, decapitated, and dismembered Jorge. Cause of death? HATE.

Jason Mattison, Jr.’s death was no less graphic. After his body was found, it was discovered that he had been raped, gagged with a pillowcase, stabbed repeatedly in the head and throat before his murderer shoved his dead body back into the closet we all struggle so hard to be free of.

My local vigil occurred just days after the Transgender Day of Remembrance observance where we remembered the over 130 known trans and gender queer people murdered to date in 2009. As a stood with the small crowd, I let my eyes wonder over each persons face. The faces full of sorrow, rage, hurt and perhaps realization. A realization that they are among the lucky ones, the survivors. While some of those present had been attacked, they had survived, but it could have been any of us being immortalized by the candlelight. It even could have been me.

Perhaps that is why only a handful gathered in San Antonio for the vigil? Perhaps we aren’t ready to confront our own mortality and the possibility that it “could have been me?” Perhaps we are lossing the battle because of our fear? I can’t pretend to know the answer, but I do know this – I will never let them shove me back into a closet.

Hate Crimes Go Under Punished and Result in More Crime.

September 15, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Featured, Thought of the Gay

Hate Crime - RacismYou may remember the 2006 convictions of Pete Billiot and Dwayne Adam Racine for the attack of a black offshore worker, but it’s likely you don’t.  The story received some national media coverage, but as is the case with most hate crimes, it wasn’t enough.  We can all grimace when someone murders another person regardless of the motivation, but when the motivation is bias or prejudice because of the persons race, creed, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, it’s particularly painful, particularly to members of that “suspect class.” Lots of thoughts race through the minds of those that could have been attacked and/or murder because of the same violent biases.

There have been many cases wherein those that commit such crimes get nothing more than a slap on the wrist.  In fact, a recent case of murder resulted in a full acquittal of the charge against the admitted murderer simply because he was motivated to kill a queer man after the man “hit on him.”

In the present case of Billiot and Racine; however, there may be some form of justice yet – albeit not for the proper crime.  It was reported yesterday that Billiot and Racine, who received very little jail time for their crime which outraged civil rights leaders, were arrested again.  This time for possession of marijuana with intention of distribution.

The two men were passengers in a car being driven by 17-year old, Samantha Scott.  Officers stopped the vehicle due to an expired inspection sticker, and upon obtaining consent, searched the vehicle and found a “crack pipe” and 52 grams of marijuana.  Samantha then reported to the officers that they were going to try to sell the drugs.  This is where “insert thud noise” would ordinarily be appropriate; however, no one ever said those that keep company with racists, or racists themselves were very “smart.”

Civil rights leaders in Louisiana had been planning a protest against the lenient sentencing of Racine and Billiot for today.

In another breaking case, a suburban New York teenager with a tendency to wear clothing marked with symbols such as swastikas and Ku Klux Klan logos, recently attacked another non-white. His last attack was in April; however, in the more recent attack, apparently motivated by bias/prejudice, a Hispanic man was shot with a BB gun and suffered minor injuries.  The teen was out on bail awaiting trial for the precious hate crime charge.

Race was the motivating factor in over half (51%) of all hate crimes committed in 2007, followed by religion (18%), then sexual orientation/gender identity (17%).  Yet, we are still waiting for Obama to sign Federal Hate Crimes Legislation… when will we learn?

Who Are the Victims of Hate Crimes?

June 04, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Discrimination, Hate Crimes, LGBT News

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’  Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:

  • During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.
  • The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.

It’s obvious by these statistics that the report was lacking in complete information; however, a remarkably high number [approximately 21 per day] were reported in the remaining 15.3% of reporting jurisdictions.

The report indicated that over half of the hate crimes reported were based upon a person’s race, followed by religion with sexual orientation coming in 3rd:

Hate Crimes Chart

The report goes a step further and breaks down the number of reported hate crimes by subcategory within each bias area.  For example, the hate crime victim group with the most reported crimes is the “Race” category.  Perhaps not surprisingly, anti-black hate crimes topped the group with 68% of hate crimes being committed against “blacks” (2,658 incidents).  However, what may surprise you is that white people were “runner-up” with 19% (749 incidents) of the reported hate crimes in the Race category.

2007 Hate Crimes – Race Category:

Hate Crimes Chart - Race

The category with the second most hate crimes reported is “Religion.”  As with race, the report breaks down hate crimes based upon which religion was assaulted.

2007 Hate Crimes – Religion Category:

Hate Crimes Chart - Religion

These statistic tend to evidence what we should already know, antisemitism is still alarmingly prevalent in the U.S.  In fact, crimes against the Jewish community outnumbered all other reported crimes in the category of religion – meaning that, if you total all other crimes against religions other than Jewish, they still don’t number as many as those against people of the Jewish faith.

The report breaks sexual orientation down into the following categories:

  • Anti-Male Homosexual
  • Anti-Female Homosexual
  • Anti-Homosexual [generally]
  • Anti-Heterosexual
  • Anti-Bisexual

It’s important to note that the report only includes three sexual orientations (lumping homosexual into one group rather than three).  The reason this notation is so important is because religious groups and those opposed to hate crimes legislation have argued that there are hundreds of sexual orientations, including pedophilia.  Well, here’s your government sanctioned version of what sexual orientation is: Homosexual, Heterosexual, Bisexual.

Out of the 1,265 reported hate crimes against people based upon sexual orientation, 1,221 were against homosexuals, 22 against bisexuals and 22 against heterosexuals. Notably absent in the report were crimes committed against individuals based upon gender identity.

Further, 1,007 hate crimes were reported based upon Ethnicity/National Origin and 79 hate crimes were reported against the disabled.

It is obvious from the report that hate crimes legislation is all inclusive, white, black, gay, straight, Muslim, Christian, Jewish and disabled.  Because we can all be victimized by these crimes, we should all support the passing of such legislation.  Hate crimes legislation is not just a gay issue, it’s a human issue.