#Homophobia

These Three Gay Mexican Men Were Found Dead After Being Taken From a Nightclub

This weekend three men who were well-known LGBTQ+ rights activists were murdered in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega, and Carlos Uriel López were at a local nightclub when they were approached by a group of men who demanded money from them. When the three refused, the men returned and forced them to leave the club and threw them into a van.

The bodies of the men were found hours later on the dirt road Zacapalco-Rancho Viejo with signs that they had been shot in the head. There whereabouts was reported by Lo Real de Guerrero, but be warned GRAPHIC IMAGES are found in this write-up.

Estrada, who was 35, was an educator, the main organizer for Taxco’s annual Pride march and gay pageant in the state of Guerrero. Vega and Lopez were activists and a couple.

Lol Kin Castañeda, a lesbian activist who is a member of the Mexico City Constituent Assembly tweeted to Héctor Astudillo, Governor of Guerrero:

Taxco, Guerrero assassinated my fellow activists LGBTTTI Rubén Estrada, Roberto Vega and Carlos Uriel López. My condolences to your family and friends. The loss is for a society that demands equality, freedom and end to violence. We demand Justice @HectorAstudillo

There is no indication if this was a hate crime. Orlando Pastor, coordinator of the LGBT march in Guerrero, shared sentiments of the groups slaying with Desastre MX, a Spanish media outlet:

It was believed that this was a homophobic issue, but now it is said that it was because of organized crime. There have been so many cases incidents of organized crime.

In Guerrero there is a situation: Society is very involved in organized crime and sometimes people with certain sexual orientation are murdered so we cannot say if it is a death due to homophobia or not.

Here in Guerrero there is special prosecution for homophobic crimes since 2013. But the cases open and they go unpunished, many of them to date…that is why we demand from the authorities of Guerrero that these cases be escalated. Enough uncertainty, enough murders, and not just the LGBT community, but the entire population.

h/t: Desastre MX

 

Prison Staff Sued By Family of Man Murdered By Homophobic Cellmate

In July 2017, gay inmate Rodrigo Montez Burks was murdered by his cellmate Deshawn Madden at Alger Correctional Facility in Muskegon County, Michigan. Last month, Madden was convicted of first-degree murder. Now, Burks’ family is suing the Michigan Department of Corrections on the grounds that authorities could have prevented the "homophobic" slaying.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Burks’ mother Dequita Burks, alleges that corrections officers knew Madden was violently homophobic and denied to separate the men despite repeated pleas from both.

The suit claims Madden repeatedly told a corrections officer that if he wasn't moved, "I'm gonna hurt this guy.”

“[Madden] boy was like, ’Hey I am not gonna be locked in here with a fag,'” inmate Todd Wentworth told Metro Times. “And the guard was like, ’It’s not our problem.’”

Reportedly, Burks asked the resident unit manager for a new cell assignment the morning he was killed. “She was like, ’You’re not here for convenience,'” Wentworth says. “Basically, we’re not moving you ’cause you wanna move—this ain’t the Holiday Inn.”

"Each of the Defendants named herein ignored the threats and simply left Madden and the decedent Rodriguez Burks, in the same cell knowing that harm would result" to Burks, the lawsuit states. The 21 defendants, all staff members of Michigan Department of Corrections, include Warden Catherine S. Bauman, Deputy Warden Robert Wickstrom and Prison Administrator Dean Potilla.

Burks, then 23, was found face-down in his cell on July 20, 2017, dead from severe head trauma. At the time of his death, he was serving a two-year sentence for fleeing and eluding officers, and was killed nine months before he was eligible for parole.

Madden, now 23, was serving time for carjacking, armed robbery, and assault with intent to commit murder.

The lawsuit also claims the prison staff failed to protect Burks by conducting timely checks on his well-being despite knowledge of the threats against him, and also failing to respond to the assault he suffered. 

Burks was African-American (as is Madden). The lawsuit in question alleges the prison failed to have policies in place to protect homosexuals or African-Americans from harm.

As reported by M Live, the lawsuit seeks $75,000 in damages for each of four counts, including gross negligence, racial discrimination and cruel and unusual punishment.

h/t: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2018/05/estate_of_gay_prisoner_murdere.html

h/t: http://www.newnownext.com/gay-michigan-prison-murder-lawsuit-homophobic-cellmate/06/2018/?xrs=synd_twitter_logo

Homophobe Attacks Model Hunter Harden on Social Media

Openly gay model Hunter Harden was viciously attacked on social media by a homophobe after he discussed a serious condition that he's living with.

Hunter, who has modeled for the likes of Mack Sturgis and Michael Alago in the past, shared an Instagram video where he talked about his experience with cluster migraines, which he claims he's been dealing with since the age of 8.

It's something he spoke about in depth when we talked to him back in November. It got so bad that he was unable to hold a job because of it, and it has affected his livelihood in many other ways outside of the professional world. 

Some homophobe went after him on social media regardless, and sent him a private message that read "'Who wants to know about your f***ing migraines. F*g."

Like most trolls, this account has zero posts and little to no followers. This particular account still remains active today.

If you would like to know more about Hunter's struggles with migraines and how you can help him and many others, click here.

Together These Rainbow Flags Can Stop A Bullet

In a new video from Fondation Émergence, a gun is fired at 193 rainbow Pride flags - one for every country in the world. 

Together, the flags can stop a bullet - just as when citizens of the world stand together we can stop LGBTQ violence and discrimination through the power of our togetherness.

From the video:

LGBT people around the world are still the targets of prejudice and violence. 

What if we all took a stand against it? 

We created this flag to show the world that together we can stop violence. 

It’s made out of 193 Pride flags - one for every country in the world. 

The video was created in observance of this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The Pride Shield exhibit will be available to different cities in the hopes of sparking a conversation about LGBTQ violence and discrimination around the world. 

Get involved at PrideShield.com.

 

(h/t HighSnobiety)

Jason Statham Apologizes For Allegedly Using Homophobic Slurs On Set

Though we have no concrete evidence the incident actually occurred, Jason Statham has issued a public apology for allegedly using homophobic slurs on the set of his 2015 action film Wild Card.

The Fast & the Furious star, 50, has been accused of a rant laden with homophobic language in the midst of an argument with Steve Casman while shooting at Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans.

To repeat, as of yet we have no proof this conversation actually happened, but  British tabloid The Sun claims to have acquired a transcript of the conversation:

"Stop acting like a f...... f..," Statham reportedly said. "I hate that f....... f.... s.... Talking, whispering... you guys [are] acting like a bunch of f...... f....... If you want to tell me something, don't wait 'til I do 15 f....... takes before you say something. Stop being a f...... f.. and be more assertive.”

Statham apologized May 16 in a statement issued on Facebook:

"I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive."

"If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.”

It’s worth noting that releasing the alleged audio could come with consequences. Under Louisiana’s Electronic Surveillance Act, recording a conversation without someone’s permission is strictly against the law. According to The New York Post, Statham’s legal team has implied legal action would be taken if such a tape were released.

For more: https://pagesix.com/2018/05/17/jason-statham-apologizes-for-allegedly-using-homophobic-slur/

Former NY Firefighter "Coerced" Into Proving Manhood With Stripper

A former FDNY firefighter in Queens, New York, has filed a lawsuit alleging mental and emotional stress during his probationary period that included “hazing rituals” and homophobic slurs.

Michael Troina is seeking unspecified damages for being “singled out time and time again on account of his race and national origin as a Hispanic American male as well as perceived homosexuality . . . and was further threatened with physical violence if he dared to report any incident of battery, harassment or discrimination to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office,” according to the New York Post.

Troina says during his probation period he was called a “closet homo;” was told being Hispanic made him bad at his job; and was forced to eat orange juice with a fork from 12 different plates.

He claims co-workers “coerced” him into going to a strip club where he was encouraged to have sex with a stripper to prove his manhood. When he refused, he says he was called “faggot” and “loser.”

Troina also says he was excluded from a firehouse volleyball outing where he was later informed he was rundown with homophobic insults.

Last year, the New York Post reported on the aspiring firefighter’s story saying, “firefighters covered his car in peanut butter, toilet paper and nails; challenged him to fight; shoved him; called him a ‘bitch,’ ‘loser’ and ‘fa—t’; put up mocking photos of him, and stomped on his bunker gear.”

Troina says when he reported incidents to his superiors he was told to “not take it too hard.”

 

His lawsuit names New York City, the New York City Fire Department, 14 firefighters and FDNY fire commissioner Daniel Nigro as defendants.

Troina was fired one week before the end of his probation period. The FDNY says he was dismissed after a “failed evaluation.”

(images via Facebook/Flickr)

Austin Bomber Used Grindr To Message Several Men

Six weeks after the deadly bombing spree by 23-year-old Mark Conditt in Austin and San Antonio, police are still searching for clues as to the motivation for his  actions. 

New evidence suggests it’s possible internalized homophobia may have played a part.

Conditt’s early life revolved around being home-schooled by his conservative Christian family. He attended church each week and took part in Christian youth groups.

In 2012, Conditt penned an online essay while attending Austin Community College that denounced homosexuality.

The blog post read, in part:

Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple. The natural design is apparent. It is not natural to couple male with male and female with female. It would be like trying to fit two screws together and to nuts together and then say, “See, it’s natural for them to go together.” In addition, political protection of a sexual practice is ludicrous. I do not believe it is proper to pass laws stating that homosexuals have ‘rights.’ What about pedophilia or bestiality? These are sexual practices. Should they also be protected by law? If homosexuality is protected by law, why not those as well?

It was around this time that Conditt also cut off a childhood friend, Sierra Jane Davis, whom he knew from the Pflugerville home-school community. 

When she shared the news that she was transitioning, “He told me that he couldn’t support my decision to live this life,” said Davis.

But it seems there was a turning point for Conditt. 

He ceased attending church, quit Christianity and announced he was an atheist.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Conditt’s two roommates thought he might have been gay. 

It was that revelation that led police to discover he had used Grindr to exchange messages with men.

It’s not apparent if his family knew he was out. When asked about the possibility, Davis says, “It’s not something we talked about, but I do know that it would have been difficult for him and his family.”

Currently there’s no proof that he was working with a terrorist or paramilitary organizations. Nor are there any white supremacist or racially-motivated clues to point to at this time.

Derick Dillard Criticizes 'The View' For His Own Homophobia Comments

 

Former TLC star Derick Dillard went on a homophobic tirade against Nate Berkus and his partner Jeremiah Brent's family recently, and the ladies of The View just chimed in about it all on Friday's show.  Now, he has a new target it seems for what he created in the first place.

This all started when TLC shared a photo of Nate and Jeremiah with their daughter as they are promoting their new Nate & Jeremiah By Design.  This was something that Derick was not happy about, and had this to say:

 

 

Nate took the high road in his response to it all, tweeting "My hope with having a show like on @TLC, where we go into people’s homes and welcome viewers into ours, is that we can start to break down barriers & normalize the way our family looks & the way our family loves."

 

 

The women of the view discussed what he said on Friday's show, where Whoopi Goldberg immediately said "Who is this guy?" Joy Behar then said "He's a Duggar in-law" to which Whoopi quickly followed up with "Well, you know, you are outlawed now. You should just stop man, stop. You don't have to agree with anybody's lifestyle, but you don't live in their house just like we don't live in a house where there are 900 kids, and that's what you guys are celebrating on your show." 

Cohost Sara Haines agreed with Whoopi on the whole ordeal, even saying that some of her role models as parents are gay which then showed two of her friends who are gay parents in a loving pose with their daughter. The rest of the hosts agreed in their own similar ways, with Meghan McCain even saying that having a same-sex couple as parents is no different than having straight parents. 

 

 

Here's what Derick had to say about their discussion:

 

 

"Really?! Are my friends on The View really going to be our standard & champion for open-mindedness?", he tweeted. "Conviction doesn’t equal lack of open mindedness. We need to love all people & promote what’s best for everyone. Most Americans believe this, but are fearful of bullying like this."

The response to his tweet, just like the one he did regarding Nate & Jeremiah's family, was met with a ton of criticism and lack of awareness that the majority of this country does in fact support same-sex marriage and people who identify as LGBT. 

As of Monday night, both tweets to The View and about Nate & Jeremiah remain on his Twitter page. 

Rugby Player Simon Dunn Kisses Homophobia Goodbye

 

Homophobia, you're Dunn for! We're no stranger to bobsledder-turned-Aussie rugby player Simon Dunn - who frequently shows off his hard work at the gym on Instagram - but now he's bringing on the social media sexiness for a cause, and we are here, for, it! 

 

 

 

According to Gay Times, the drama started back in April when Rugby player Israel Folau delivered some choice words about homosexuality to Instagram. In response to the question:

What was God's plan for gay people?

Folau responded:

HELL... unless they repent their sins and turn to God.

Charmer. This bigoted language is in violation of Rugby Australia's inclusion polity, which states:

Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players, officials, volunteers, supporters and administrators have the right and freedom to participate regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion and without fear of exclusion.

 

 

Nonetheless, Folau was allowed to continue to play rugby for the league, which is where Dunn's tongue comes in. The London Kings Cross Steelers' player originally posted this smooch with his partner as a simple victory photo in April, but now he's asking people to retweet it specifically to show Folau that love will not be defined by his bigotry. Dunn had this to say to Gay Times about the epic photo:

Unfortunately the sporting world is still a place where kissing my partner after our team’s victory is still seen as an act of defiance or rebellion. It’s an environment where someone’s homophobic comments can be defended as ‘just his opinion’ and that truly is worrying.

I’ve devoted my life to sport, and as an out and proud athlete I’ll continue to do what is natural for me, and hopefully break down stereotypes in the process.

If Folau doesn't like gay people, then he definitely picked the right sport. Gorgeous, buff men with thighs the size of tre trunks who spend the entire day trying to pin each other down. Nothing gay about that. As I've always said, if you have the energy to write up homophobic remarks on the Internet, ya gay boo. Thankfully, Folau is in in the right profession for it. 

 

 

Gay Kansas Teacher Is Sharing The Disturbing Homophobic Letters That Led To His Resignation

 

School teacher Michael Hill isn't in Kansas anymore. Literally. The openly gay visual arts and theater teacher is bravely sharing the horrifying, threatening letters he received from homophobic members of his community that made him decide to pack up his bags and start a new life in Palm Springs, CA. 

The Kansas City Star reports that Hill was integral to Seneca's Nemaha Central High School's art department, and that he worked at the school for over a decade. But Hill's life as a teacher changed drastically after he came out on Facebook as part of National Coming Out day in October of 2017.

Hill began receiving deeply troubling letters - supposedly from parents of his students - threatening to harm him if he didn't leave the school. While Hill might have loved and respected the majority of the roughly 2,000 residents of his small town, the rotten (and probably stage four closeted) apples made working in Seneca no long an option.

Now Hill's Facebook post featuring three of the threatening letters is going viral, with people all over the globe - including embarrassed Kansas residents - offering their support. Hill includes the caption:

I decided I needed to put these out there because people need to know this kind of ugly hatred still exists in the world only by confronting it can we end it. This was part of a pattern of harassment that started back in October 2017. As a result of this I made the difficult decision to pack up and make a huge leap of faith and moved to Palm Springs, CA.

And adds:

I also want to point out that I don’t believe Seneca to be a bad place. There are outstanding people there and the students were terrific! I enjoyed the time I taught there and I’m saddened that someone in the community thought so much less of me simply because I’m gay.

 

 

But the letters - which feature gems like "Queers will burn and so will you" and "F*gs are not welcome in our schools" - weren't the only motivating factor for Hill's move. His son Hunter, who graduated from Nemaha Central, states that after his father came out, someone slashed his tires, and that on a separate occasion while his dad was at a restaurant:

...a couple of students working at the restaurant started taking pictures and started circulating them around on Snapchat, which upset him a lot.

What charming youths. We don't blame Hill for being over this, and wish him all the best in Palm Springs. And for the record. If you have enough energy to type up a rage-filled homophobic letter, my dear, you're gay. Ya gay boo. Put that same energy into writing up your Grindr profile instead. 

 

 

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