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Man Shot For Looking Gay


A man in Greenwich Village was savagely shot in the face Friday night by a nutjob suspect named Elliot Morales. Mark Carson, 32, was wearing a tank top and cut off shorts when Morales yelled, “Look at you f—–s,” toward the victim and two friends, commenting that they looked “like gay wrestlers.”

Morales reportedly called the three men “f—–s,” repeatedly and eventually shouted, “You want to die tonight?” before firing the lone shot that killed Carson.

Morales, 33, is being held without bail in Manhattan Criminal Court until Thursday when a hearing is scheduled.

In response to Carson’s murder the Human Rights Campaign has written an open letter to the mayors of all major U.S. cities and all 50 governors urging them to fight laws that discriminate against gays. The letter links discriminatory laws with hate crimes saying discrimination “trickles down into our schools and our communities.” HRC invites concerned citizens to sign the open letter here.

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It’s Official: Gay Bashing in Georgia Will NOT Be Tolerated


Berlin Sylvestre, Staff Writer

Atlanta’s Dorian Moragne (21) and Christopher Cain (19) both plead guilty to beating a man for the mere fact that he was gay, meaning — that for the first time ever — Georgia is honoring the “sexual orientation” provision of Congress’ Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and proceeding with their convictions. The plea was accepted by Senior United States District Judge J. Owen Forrester.

The federal hate crimes law criminalizes acts of violence motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

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The charges and other information presented in court paint a grisly picture. According to the court’s findings, the ordeal began last year. On Feb. 4, 2012, Cain, Moragne, along with two other unidentified men — one of which was a juvenile — set their sights on a 20-year-old gay man leaving a grocery store in Atlanta’s “Pittsburgh” neighborhood. The assailants, all associated with the “Jack City Street Gang,” accosted the man at the corner of Delevan and McDaniel.

Cain threw the first punch, hitting the victim in the head and knocking him to the ground. Three of the men surrounded the victim and repeatedly assaulted him, kicking and punching the man while he cowered, protectively holding his hands over his head. The men were yelling anti-gay slurs that included “No faggots in Jack City!” Unsatisfied with the extent of the beating, Moragne picked up a tire and used it to strike the already injured victim. The group then pocketed the man’s cell phone.

The assault was recorded by an observer, who later posted the footage online. The repugnant video of the beating went viral, showing millions of viewers just how senseless and disgusting the act was.

Both Cain and Moragne were sentenced to ten years in prison with a suspension after five years of service. Federal prosecutors recommended that both their state and federal sentences run concurrently as part of a plea agreement. No word is currently available on the statuses of the other offenders.

The case is being further investigated by Special Agents of the FBI and along with APD detectives. The prosecution will be handled by Trial Attorney Nicole Lee Ndumele of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray.

At any rate, Georgia is honoring the federal ban on crimes motived by (but not limited to) sexual orientation and the verdict is clear: If you can’t keep your gay-bashing hands to yourself, Georgia will help you by cuffing them and throwing you in a cell, removing your chances of ruining the life of another member of the LGBT public for at least a few years. You’re welcome.

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Macon Nightclub To Gays: Act Straight If You Want In


Macon’s Club Element won’t be winning any HRC awards after the drama that went down over their opening weekend. Two separate incidents occurred, including one where a group of gay men were told they could not enter the club if they “acted gay.” A separate incident involved a bar brawl after an anti-gay slur against a group of lesbians.

Colby Cain told Macon news station WMAZ that he and two other friends were waiting in line outside Club Element last weekend for about 20 minutes. A female bouncer reportedly pulled them out of line and told them they couldn’t go in if they “acted gay.”

Cain says the bouncer then told them that the club wasn’t a gay bar anymore, so they would need to act straight if they wanted to come in. Element replaced Synergy, a club which catered to the LGBT community.

Element’s manager Chris Bordelon said she was not present during the incident, but says the men were told not to act gay to prevent a fight breaking out between the new and old crowd. Apparently a group of lesbians inside the club didn’t get the “act straight” memo from management, as they were called “dykes” by other clubgoers and a fight ensued.

We’re guessing this isn’t an uncommon scenario. Have any of you ever been told not to act “gay” at a straight establishment?

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Killer of Ugandan Gay Activist Arrested, Cover Up Feared


By Patrick Saunders

The identity of the man who killed Ugandan gay activist David Kato, sparking worldwide outcry, has been revealed.

Nsubuga Enock was arrested after visiting his girlfriend, and has subsequently confessed to the killing, Reuters reports. But eyebrows were raised by gay activists at the statement of police spokesman Vincent Ssetake.

“He has confessed to the murder. It wasn’t a robbery and it wasn’t because Kato was an activist,” Sssetake said. “It was a personal disagreement but I can’t say more than that.”

This has raised concerns by many that police will cover up the motive of homophobia to protect the aid Uganda receives from the West.

Enock was described by police as a “well-known thief” who had been staying with Kato after the activist bailed him out of prison in late January. Enock will appear in court Wednesday evening.

Kato received death threats after he was featured in an anti-gay newspaper last October that outed him and called on the murder of him and other gays. His photograph was published on the cover under the headline: “Hang Them.”

President Barack Obama called Kato “a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom” and demanded that the Ugandan government investigate his murder.

Fights broke out at Kato’s funeral last Friday after the pastor conducting the service called on gay people to repent and villagers refused to bury the coffin. A group of Kato’s friends – most of whom were gay – carried his coffin to the grave and buried him themselves.

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Anti-Gay Hate Crime and Arson Hits Carroll County


By Patrick Saunders

A Carroll County man says someone threw a rock through his window with a piece of paper attached covered in anti-gay slurs. His house was later set on fire.

“It said, ‘we know you’re gay. And God hates gays. You won’t be raping anybody in the county and God’s going to make sure that you burn in hell.’ And something about my daddy… my daddy will make sure you burn in hell,” Chris Staples told Channel 2 Action News.

Hours later he woke up to his bedroom being engulfed in flames. Staples crawled out of the house and collapsed in the front yard. He did not suffer major injury.

Staples’ mother, who lives next door to him, told Channel 2 she believes the fire was intentionally set because her son is gay.

“This is the first time I’ve dealt with anything of this nature in 16 years,” said Capt. Shane Taylor of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

“I can’t believe anyone would have such hatred in their heart as to do somebody like that, especially when they don’t even know him. They don’t know him,” she said.

Carroll County officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Study: Gays Most Likely Minority To Be Attacked In Hate Crime


Gays are far more likely to be the target of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States, according to new analysis of federal hate crime statistics in the Winter 2010 issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report released this week.

The SPLC analyzed 14 years of hate crime data (1995 to 2008) and found that gays are more than twice as likely as Jews or blacks to be attacked in a violent hate crime, more than four times as likely as Muslims, and 14 times as likely as Latinos.

The report’s release comes as a wave of anti-gay attacks and gay teen suicides sweep the nation.

The SPLC report also analyzes how the hardcore anti-gay movement is becoming more extreme as gay rights continue to advance. 18 anti-gay groups are profiled and there is an article debunking 10 claims used by these groups to demonize the gay community. The claims shot down by the SPLC include the myth that gays molest children at higher rates than heterosexuals, gays don’t live as long as heterosexuals, and that gays helped to orchestrate the Holocaust.

“As Americans become more accepting of homosexuals, the most extreme elements of the anti-gay movement are digging in their heels and continuing to defame gays and lesbians with falsehoods that grow more incendiary by the day,” said Mark Potok, editor of the Intelligence Report. “The leaders of this movement may deny it, but it seems clear that their demonization of homosexuals plays a role in fomenting the violence, hatred and bullying we’re seeing.”

The full report is available at www.splcenter.org.

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