Tag: Gay Panic

The Gay Panic Defense: It Even Works Over Seas

The gay panic defense is catching on over seas. Our friends down under have successfully followed most of the rules and have managed to downgrade charges of murder to “manslaughter” after arguing that the sexual advances of another man warranted defending themselves. Had they followed them to a “T,” an acquittal would have been certain!

As discussed in Queensland Pride, Jason Pearce, 38, and Richard Meerdink, 40, were on hallowed ground last after getting drunk on cask wine. They encountered 45 year old Wayne Ruks who was allegedly also intoxicated.


October 21, 2009 0

Closet Talk: Nathan and Johnnie Discuss the Atlanta Eagle Bar Raid

In a scene reminiscent of this summers bar raid in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 10, 2009, police raided the Eagle in Atlanta after an anonymous complaint from a neighboring residential building claimed the bar was promoting public sex and drug use. Police entered the bar and made patrons lay on the floor, some for over an hour, while they illegally searched their pockets and refused to state why they were detaining the bar goers. Since the raid, many rumors have found their way into the conservative and liberal blogosphere.

Witnesses Nicholas and Johnnie joined me on Closet Talk to discuss the raid, the reaction and what was said. Johnnie confirmed perhaps one of the most terrible comments overheard by police which I had hoped was a sick rumor: “… this is more fun than raiding niggers on crack.”


September 24, 2009 0

How to Get Away with Murder: A Guide to the Gay Panic Defense

Getting away with murder when investigators are using advanced forensic science such as DNA testing isn’t easy these days, but where there’s a will, there’s a way – as they say. Because murder is not as big of a sin against God as being gay (so it seems), we’ve prepared the following guide which will assist you in carrying out a murder – and getting away with it. The guide was prepared after a careful analysis of several cases wherein the “Gay Panic” defense was used. Those cases will be discussed at the end of this guide.


July 16, 2009 6