Daughter of Homophobic Candidate Urges People Not to Vote for Her Dad

Steve West of Missouri is running against incumbent Democrat state official Jon Carpenter. West is, however, horribly racist and homophobic according to his daughter who is urging people to not vote for him, reports Pink News.

Emily West, Steve's daughter, says that her father is a "fanatic" and that his "ideology is pure hatred" and that it's "totally insane." So, what makes him a fanatic?

To start with, he has a YouTube show (that is so restricted that I can't share it) in which he expresses his dislike of former president Obama, who he has called a "gay bitch" who is married to Michelle Obama who, Steve West believes, is a transgender woman who was born as Michael.

Other gems from his show include him saying that Hitler was right, that gay and Jewish people are linked to a "Synagogue of Satan," and that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people are representative of a "foul perversion" and that "these people" are poisonous to Western civilization. In addition, Andrew West, Steve's son, said that his dad had the same objective as the recent Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter (removing Jewish people from the United States).

Despite his hateful rhetoric, West earned 49.5% of the Republican vote in the August primaries in which he was running against three other Republican candidates. Emily is perplexed by how many people are putting up campaign signs for her dad, saying that she doesn't understand how anyone can support a person who says such horrible things. 

Missouri Republicans are trying to distance themselves from West, saying that his vitriol is not indicative of the views of Missouri's Republican party. I sure hope so.

The midterm elections are on November 6th and I urge and Missouri-based Instinct readers (and anyone who is eligible to vote, really) to get to the polling station or mail that ballot so that we can prevent horrible people like Steve West from gaining any political power.



h/t: Pink News, Kansas City Star

Homophobic 'Trump Of The Tropics' Wins Presidential Election In Brazil

While LGBTQ people in the United States continue to cope with the ongoing assault by the Trump administration on our community’s rights and protections, Brazil has just elected its own homophobic president, Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro, who has been called ‘the Trump of the Tropics,’ is a 30-year veteran of Brazil’s congress as well as a retired Army captain.

The 63-year-old clinched the presidency with 55% of the vote in a run-off against Fernando Haddad from the left-wing Workers Party.

He won the election with campaign promises to fight crime and corruption, but it’s his homophobic statements that have LGBTQ Brazilians more than a little concerned.

“Yes, I’m homophobic – and very proud of it,” he once proclaimed.

In 2011, he told Playboy that he would be “incapable of loving a homosexual child.”

“I’m not going to act like a hypocrite here,” he added. “I’d rather have my son die in an accident than show up with some mustachioed guy.”

Bolsonaro admits he wouldn’t even live near gay people. In that same interview he said, “If a homosexual couple comes to live next to me it will devalue my home.”

“If they walk around holding hands and kissing, that devalues it,” he added.

In 2010, he offered this advice on how to raise a gay son on the television program Participaçăo Popular: “If your son starts acting a little gay, hit him with some leather, and he’ll change his behavior.”

In 2002, he told Folha de Săo Paulo, “I will not fight nor discriminate, but if I see two men kissing in the street, I’ll hit them.”

In a 2013 interview with Stephen Fry, he told the UK reporter “Brazilians don’t like homosexuals.” Fry called it one of the ‘most chilling confrontations’ he’s ever had with a human being.

Doesn’t he sound lovely?

It’s been a deadly time for LGBTQ Brazilians as violence against the community has continued to rise.

According to Gay Star News, there have been more than 300 murders of LBGTQ people in 2018 already. That’s an increase from 220 at this same time in 2017.

Additionally, there have been 713 hate crimes committed against LGBTQ individuals in 2018.

(h/t Gay Star News - image via WikiMedia)

CNN Reporter Apologizes After 2011 Tweet Using Gay Slur Surfaces

Kaitlan Collins, CNN’s White House correspondent, has come under fire after homophobic tweets from her college days have come to light.

The Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBTQ political group, found two tweets by Collins from 2011 when she attended the University of Alabama. In the tweets she uses the word “fag” as a putdown and in another expresses discomfort about rooming with a lesbian.



Within an hour of the Log Cabin tweet, Collins apologized via Twitter, saying she used “ignorant language” that was “immature.” She added that the tweets don’t “represent the way I feel at all.”

She closed with an unqualified, “I regret it and I apologize.”



The apology tweet received over 7,000 ‘likes’ but even more comments.

Most of the replies were from far-right leaning Twitter users who used the occasion to bash Collins in an attempt to equate her two college tweets with the recent allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.




The Log Cabin Republicans made a point of tagging CNN Vice President of Communications and Digital Partnerships Matt Dornic in their tweet.

Dornic, who is openly gay, responded with support for his colleague saying while he’s “disappointed she ever used the word,” he accepts her apology and says “with certainty” those tweets don’t reflect her feelings about the LGBTQ community.



Collins has worked at CNN since 2017. Prior to that she was a contributor for the conservative political website, The Daily Caller, founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

As the image above shows, Collins found herself the target of conservatives earlier this summer when she was banned from covering a White House event because she had repeatedly asked Donald Trump questions about his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen has since pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud.

What do you think, readers? Is there a double-standard in play here?

Or, is there a difference between a college student using a slur in a tweet versus allegations of sexual assault?

Also, Collins immediately apologized without any qualifiers like the always dreaded “if anyone was offended…” Does that make a difference?

Do we accept apologies anymore?

Finally - social media posts are becoming the new 'skeletons' in our closets. Is there anything in your social media that could come back to haunt you?

Sound off in the comment section below.

(h/t Gay Star News, NewNowNext)

Florida Church Uses LGBTQ Messages To Fight Homophobic Graffiti

A church in Florida responded to homophobic vandalism with its own message of love.

Over the weekend, the Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, found the words “gay pastor” spray-painted across the church’s sign.

But, instead of immediately removing the graffiti, Rev. Andy Oliver decided to leave the spray paint surrounded by a rainbow of hearts (in a nod to the LGBTQ community) and the phrase, “LOVE ALWAYS WINS!”

"This is just one example of the type of hate crime and hate message the LGBT community goes through regularly," Oliver told The Tampa Bay Times. "It certainly isn’t great our sign got vandalized, but we want to surround that message of hate with a message of love, and that’s what we’ve received since."

Additionally, Oliver posted on the opposite side of the church sign the statement, “Vandalism is a felony that shouldn’t take away your vote for life! Vote yes on Amendment 4.”

Folks in the Sunshine state will soon vote on Amendment 4 which would restore voting rights to most felons after serving their time in prison.

The church has a history of using its sign to share progressive messages.

In July, a brick was thrown through the sign after a quote by civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis had been posted. That damage was significant enough that funds had to be raised to purchase a new sign set to be installed next month.

According to a St. Petersburg Police Department spokesperson, the authorities are investigating the vandalism.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman chimed in via his Facebook account writing, “Amen, Allendale UMC - St. Petersburg. And this shows that we still have work to do, and why we fight every single day to create a climate of inclusion.”

Watch the report from local station WTSP below.

(h/t Tampa Bay Times)

(images via Allendale UMC Facebook)

Police Looking For Attacker In Alleged Brooklyn Hate Crime

Two men were viciously attacked early Sunday morning as they left a gay bar in Brooklyn, New York.

According to the local ABC affiliate, the two men - one 29-years-old, the other 34-years-old - had just left the Metropolitan Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when a man approaching them called out with a homophobic slur.

The incident quickly escalated with the attacker punching the 34-year-old in the face, and throwing the 29-year-old against a tree. Both were knocked unconscious.

The good news is a bystander managed to snap a fairly clear photo of the attacker as he ran away.

One of the victims suffered a broken finger, while the other had to be treated for a fractured shoulder.

Speaking to ABC7, Aidan Pongrice, a neighbor in the area, urged people to take action.

“Not just to find and arrest this one person, we need people to take action to go out and vote and make sure that we don't have people and leaders in this country that actively dog whistle against my very existence," said Pongrice.

The New York Police Department are now asking anyone with any information about the incident or identifying the attacker in question to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-8477.

Watch the report below from ABC7.




(h/t ABC7)

Rapper Eminem Expresses Regret For 'F*gg*t' Slur (Again)

After getting slammed for using homophobic language (again) on his latest album, rapper Eminem has now addressed the debacle expressing regret over his choice of words.

First, let’s recap - on the track “Fall” from the new release Kamikaze, Eminem took a verse to swipe at rapper/producer Tyler the Creator.

It seems Eminem was angry over criticism leveled his way by Tyler who had publicly criticized his Beyoncé collaboration, “Walk on Water,” from Eminem’s 2017 release, Revival.

With that in mind, Eminem dropped this in “Fall:”

Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch / It’s not just ’cause you lack attention / It’s ’cause you worship D12’s balls, you’re sacrilegious / If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better


Immediately, the music industry and the LGBTQ community clapped back at the 45-year-old rapper.

“It’s never ok to say a word that is filled with hate,” said Imagine Dragons frontman (and LGBTQ ally) Dan Reynolds.



Even Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who appears on the track, took pains to distance himself tweeting, “Was not in the studio for the Eminem track... came from a session with BJ Burton and Mike Will. Not a fan of the message, it’s tired. Asked them to change the track, wouldn’t do it. Thanks for listening to BRM.”

“This is not the time to criticize youth, it’s the time to listen, to act” added Vernon. “It is certainly not the time for slurs. Wish they would have listened when we asked them to change it.”

Which brings us to yesterday as the 15-time Grammy Award winner sat down for a lengthy video interview with rapper/reporter Sway about the new project.

During the chat (which has already garnered over 2.2 million views in a day), Sway asked about using the word “faggot” on the track.

“With the Tyler the Creator thing, man, I realize now, I realize I wasn’t, in the mind frame of - I realize I was angry when I said the sh*t about Tyler,”  says the Slim Shady rapper.

“The word that I called him on the album, on that song, was one of the things where I felt like, this might be too far. Because in my quest to hurt him, I realized that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it.”

This isn’t the Oscar winner’s first trip to the homophobic rodeo, though.

His sophomore album, Marshall Mathers LP, received similar criticism for his repeated use of the word "fag."

The issue reared its head again when he used the term on the track “Rap God” in 2013.

At the time, he said he didn’t think of it as a slur, just a word he’d grown up using as a put-down in rap battles.

One has to wonder, though, in 2018 - at the age of 45 - couldn't Marshall Bruce Mathers III learn to step away from the homophobic rhetoric?

What do you think, readers?

You can watch Eminem explain below.



California Man Could Get 5 Years In Prison For Death Threats To Boston Globe

A California man who used homophobic slurs while making multiple death threats targeting the Boston Globe was arrested by the FBI this week.

Robert Chain of Encino, California, has been charged with making threatening communications in interstate commerce after he allegedly called in threats to the Boston Globe newsroom 14 times over a 12-day period between August 10 and 22.

The threats apparently stemmed from the Globe’s call for newspapers across the nation to publish op-ed pieces in support of a free press all on the same day.

From the Department of Justice:

On Aug. 10, 2018, the Boston Globe announced that it was requesting that other newspaper publications around the country publish a coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media. The coordinated editorial response was to be published on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
According to court documents, immediately following the announcement, Chain began making threatening calls to the Boston Globe’s newsroom.

In the calls, Chain referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees.

In total, it is alleged that Chain made approximately 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe between August 10 and 22, 2018.

Over 300 newspapers took part in the coordinated editorials.

Homophobic slurs “faggot” and “cocksuckers” were a popular choice of insult used by Chain.

According to an affidavit filed by the FBI, Chain said in an August 13 phone call, “Hey, how’s your pussy smell today, nice and fresh? We are going to shoot you motherfuckers in the head, you Boston Globe cocksuckers. Shoot every fucking one of you.”

During a call on August 16, Chain used the word “faggot” as he continued to threaten the Globe, which he referred to as “the enemy of the people.”

“You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every fucking one of you. Hey, why don’t you call the F, why don’t you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. Still there faggot? Alright, why, you going to trace my call? What are you going to do motherfucker? You ain’t going to do shit. I’m going to shoot you in the fucking head later today, at 4 o’clock. Goodbye.”

In a call on August 22, the 68-year-old was recorded as saying, “You are the enemy of the people, and I want you to go fuck yourself.”

Chain added that he would continue with this threats “as long as you keep attacking the President.” Chain went on to use the term “fake news” in that same phone call.

The phrases “enemy of the people” and “fake news” have been used many times in past months by President Trump as he has attacked various news outlets in public statements.



In fact, since the deadly gun shooting in June at the Maryland newspaper, The Capital Gazette, Trump has used the term nine times.

When police entered Chain’s home, they found over 20 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Chain, who was released on $50,000 bond, faces a possible five year prison sentence, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

Watch the report from NBC News below.



Idaho Man Arrested For Hate Crime After Yelling 'Half-Breeds' & 'F*ggots' At Church Group

A group of church kids from Spokane, Washington, on a field trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, were accosted by a man identified as Richard Sovenski as they stopped for ice cream. 

A group of church kids from Spokane, Washington, on a field trip to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, were accosted by a man identified as Richard Sovenski as they stopped for ice cream. 

After hearing a guest preacher while traveling in Idaho, the youth group's leader, Jose Ceniceros, took the kids for ice cream at a nearby McDonalds.

Sovenski started yelling racial slurs and extreme profanity at the children as they prepared to leave, says Ceniceros.

Exiting the  restaurant, Sovenski allegedly punched Ceniceros and shoved him to the ground. Ceniceros began recording the incident with his phone at that point and shared the video with The Inlander who reported the incident.

“F*ck you, you f*cking half-breeds! Get the f*ck out of Idaho!” Sovenski is shown saying on video. 

“You got a f*cking problem, I’m your f*cking guy!” he adds. “I will f*ck you up in a f*cking heartbeat, you little f*ggot!”

At one point, one of the youth group can be heard saying, “That’s why I don’t come to Idaho,” to which Sovenski screams back, “Yeah! That’s why you don’t come to Idaho! We’re real f*cking men here, you bitch!”

Here's the video - Warning: VERY strong language.



The man accompanying Sovenski, who grabs his genitals at the end of the video, is apparently Sovenski's son.

Police arrested Sovenski on one count of misdemeanor battery and one felony count of malicious harassment under Idaho’s hate crime statute which reads: ‘It shall be unlawful for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin.’

The local NBC affiliate reports that in interviews with investigators, Sovenski's wife says she was worried the children could have bumped into her as she'd recently undergone shoulder surgery.

For Sovenski's part, he told investigators that he didn't so much 'punch' Ceniceros as 'pushed' him and that the church youth leader must have "tripped over his own feet."

Sovenski said he used the strong language to "get the upper hand" in the argument, and believed the comments would "get under their skin."

(h/t The Inlander)

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/

Boxer Adrien Broner States "Going At It Is Gay," Also Has Thoughts On Mexicans


As of his post-fight interview last night after a match, people seem to have more of a problem with Adrien "The Problem" Broner than they normally do. The outspoken boxer's shtick involves telling it like it is (for his fake name isn't "The Problem") but even though boxing fans are used to Broner's antics, he done and did it by giving his unfiltered thoughts on Mexicans attending his match as well as by using the word "gay" to reference something negative. So 1995.

Broner was disappointed that his Sunday night fight with Jessie Vargas was called as a draw, and even though his fists were down after the fight, he weaponized words with:

Look at his face. It look like I beat him with what they beat Martin Luther King with. We ain't go at it. Going at it is gay. 

Oh I forgot, he mentions Martin Luther King. He adds his thoughts on the cultural tapestry of Mexican heritage:

It’s hella Mexicans and shit in here. Everybody keep booing me and shit. They want rice and chicken. I want some motherfuckers that want some Coney’s around me.



It should be noted that Vargas is Mexican. Broner's comments have divided Twitter, with some understandably claiming that his words don't belong in the year 2018, and others noting that this is simply The Problem staying on-brand and cracking wise. Do you think Broner needs to find a new job as a standup comedian, or should he not be excused from his derogatory comments? Let us know.