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When Hate Crimes Are Terrorism

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

The “right-wing” have often *defended* themselves from LGBT people using ridiculous claims like gays are pedophiles and if you allow gays to get married, gay sex will be taught to elementary students, etc.  It’s a topic I’ve covered a couple of times here because I find their comments so ridiculous that repeating them only illustrates how insane their claims are.  But the claims all have one thing in common, they are meant to belittle, insult and oppress LGBT people.  They are purposeful in illustrating the “evil” of LGBT people.  They intend to make us look like wretches and non-productive members of society, and if they could, they would draw images of us with horns and tails and proclaim us to be direct descendants of the devil (but most haven’t gotten that ridiculous yet).

In response, the LGBT community has largely attempted to eradicate these arguments by illustrating that we are actually ordinary people in ordinary jobs and live rather ordinary lives.  We are constantly trying to show gay couples in loving and committed relationships and raising beautiful children.  These images are generally accurate of some LGBT people, but not all.  The purpose of our “campaign” showing these people is to defunct the arguments that we are all sex crazed lunatics.  What we haven’t done is launched our own “smear” campaign.

Imagine a world where instead of saying Hate Crime when a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person is attacked, raped, murdered, etc., we call it what it is – Domestic Terrorism.  Hate crimes are often committed by small groups of people who are biased or prejudiced toward LGBT people.  They generally consider themselves to be superior and generally condemn LGBT to hell.  I’ll admit, not all of these crimes are “terrorism”, but many are motivated by the same thing that motivates terrorist – instill fear in a group of people in order to coerce them away from what it is they represent.

Although there isn’t an internationally recognized definition of terrorism, some definitions include:

The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.  Link

The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda. Link

The use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. Link

When the group “Bash Back” stormed a gay hating church and disturbed the congregation, the right-wing was quick to label the group as terrorists, yet when a group of men brutally raped a lesbian woman in California for being a lesbian or some insane person sent threats of toxic exposure to gay bars, people didn’t call them terrorists, but they are.  They intend to intimidate and coerce LGBT people into submission.  They try to invoke fear in us to silence us or send us back to the closet.  What they don’t know is that although we are a diverse people, we are a strong people.  We have been attacked and beaten and deemed unworthy and unequal our entire lives and that has not stopped us, it has made us stronger.  Together we will overcome these terrorists and their supporters.  Although we may be afraid, we are courageous.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one’s fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave. ~Ambrose Redmoon (aka James Neil Hollingworth)

Music Plays when Gays are Murdered

November 25, 2008 By: jaysays Category: Stupid Things People Say About Gays

Sometimes, comments aren’t “stupid” in the realm of homophobia, but outright hateful and unfathomable.  What reaction should a gay man have to comments such as this one?

oh and by the way another couple of gays killed in my neighbourhood [sic] for being gay, that is music to my ears.  from a proud homophobic. —k.ltwills.r495@googlemail.com

Outrage? Fear? Anxiety? Hate?

Oddly, I read that comment and had this momentary inner peace.  My insides went silent.  I closed my eyes, laid my head back against my shoulders and breathed deeply.   I realized that because of the hate that I have dealt with in my life and because of the hate that those I know have dealt with, that I am ready to do anything it takes to stop that hate.  But how do you stop a freight train with tax shelters [the church] funding their every move?  Do we sit back and become martyrs or do we “bash back“?  Well, by posting the email address to my blog, I’m excited to know that numerous spam bot engines will sweep it up and start sending all those wonderful “enlarge your manhood” emails to k.ltwills.r495@googlemail.com.  That is my bashing back for the time being as I continue my internal debate about the philosophy of bashing back.

Statistically speaking, hate crimes dropped last year to 7,726 hate crimes overall; however, hatecrimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender persons increased by 5 1/2 %.  Due to the current political environment, that number is expected to rise markedly this year.

But what about hate crimes committed by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons against other classes of persons?  Bash Back is a group of persons devoted to the theory of “gays bash back”.  They have received a lot of criticism from all categories, including other gays and lesbians.  Most of their antics/protests have been demonstrative rather than truly violent.  I consider the group to be radical members of the gay community, a Malcolm X type of initiative.  For decades the gay community has had it’s share of “Martin Luther King, Jr.’s”, perhaps it is time for us to become “Malcolm X”.  But then we would be committing the very crimes we worked so hard to enter into the legislature.  We would be committing “hate crimes” and although the result may be that we achieve the ultimate goal of civil equality, we risk loosing our own dignity.