Mother Killed 4-Year-Old Son Because She Percieved Him To Be Gay, Says Prosecutor
I enjoy sharing the uplifting notes parents pen to their freshly un-closeted kids from time to time (like this one) on my social media feed. A comment these posts often receive on my Facebook and Instagram, however, sings this refrain: "Love this, but I find it hard to believe that any parent this day and age would anything but love their kid after coming out as gay or lesbian."
Sweet and well-intentioned of my worldly social network peers, but I always respond with a gentle reminder of the struggles that many LGBT (or even LGBT-perceived) kids still face at the hands of homophobic parents.
An atrocious case in point is making headlines out of Portland, Oregon, where a mother is on trial for murdering her 4-year-old son. The prosecutor involved in the case says a motive can be found in the mother's fear over her son's sexuality. In Facebook messages revealed to the court, Jessica Dutro told boyfriend Brian Canady that her son was going to be gay. "He walks and talks like it," she wrote in one message. "Ugh." She also told Brian that he would have to "work on" Zachary.
Zachary died on August 16, 2012, when he was taken off the life support that kept him breathing after suffering blunt-force trauma to the abdomen. Evidence also indicates his parents significantly delayed seeking medical treatment for their son upon his injury.
Brian Canady pleaded guilty to manslaughter weeks ago, and the judge in the mother's trial has ruled that additional web searches of her Internet history is permissible.
Two siblings survived Zachary.
Yep. Still much work to be done.
(h/t: LGBTQ Nation)