NYPD Ripped In Gay Bash


NYPDA popular Manhattan deejay yesterday charged that cops “did nothing” after he and two friends were attacked in a gay-bashing incident in Hell’s Kitchen over the weekend.

“I am more angry at the lack of response than the incident,” said Blake Hayes, a WPLJ disc jockey. “We asked several times to file a report. They [cops] never opened a pad of paper.”

The NYPD hate-crimes unit is now investigating the incident, after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn intervened, Hayes and officials said.

Hayes said the disturbing incident occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday as he and two friends, Danny Calvert and Alec Bell, were walking past McCoy’s, a bar on Ninth Avenue.

A patron standing outside threw a lit cigarette butt at one of his friends, saying, “Keep moving, faggot,” Hayes said.

This led to angry words, and the man threw Calvert against a car and punched Bell in the face twice, Hayes said.

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Shepard Murder Still Stirs Anger, Fear


From Advocate.com:JUDY_MATTX

As the 11th anniversary of the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard nears, celebrations of his life are casting a wide net across the country. 

His mother Judy Shepard, who has become a figure in his foundation and in lobbying for hate crime legislation is making appearances to talk about her book, The Meaning of Matthew. While speaking at Salt Lake City’s Main Library on Sunday, however, the mood went from celebratory to sour, when an onlooker called Shepard out from the crowd. 

According to a report on Pam’s House Blend, a man in the audience took Shepard to task, saying that she was exacerbating the premises under which her son was murdered for her own political gain. He said the murderers only targeted Matthew because they wanted to rob him and were high… not because of his sexual orientation. A visibly upset Shepard, however, refuted the claim, pointing out that neither of the killers tested positive for drugs when they were picked up by the police. They also each admitted to their actions because of the flight. 

Meanwhile, the creators of The Laramie Project, a play centered around Matthew Shepard’s death, are celebrating the project’s 10th year on stages across America with an epilogue, which includes a prison interview with convicted murderer Aaron McKinney. 

In the jarring interview, conducted by Greg Pierotti, McKinney admits to being drawn to crime since childhood and feeling sympathy for Shepard’s family… but not for killing Matthew.

“As far as Matt is concerned, I don’t have any remorse,” McKinney is quoted as saying, according to a script acquired by the The Associated Press. He added, “Yeah, I got remorse, but probably not the way people want me to. I got remorse that I didn’t live the way my dad taught me to live.”

McKinney and his accomplice Russell Henderson approached Shepard in a bar in Laramie on October 7, 1998. They offered Shepard a ride in their car, but then they savagely beat him and left him tied to a fence. Eighteen hours later, he was found by a passing bike rider, and eventually died on October 12. 

More than 1,000 actors will perform the updated version of the show when it premiers in October on the anniversary of Shepard’s death. Pierotti and other members of the Tectonic Theater Project will perform the piece at New York’s Lincoln Center while actors will stage the work at more than 100 theaters nationwide.

Don’t Ask, Do Tell: The Shocking Story of a Gay Sailor


From Youth Radio:

By: Joseph Christopher Rocha

Joseph

After a rough childhood, I dedicated my life to public service, starting in the military. I had no idea at that time that every one of my major military accomplishments, including acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy, would be overshadowed by my sexuality.

I earned a spot among the elite, high-testosterone community of Military Explosive Detection Handlers. While stationed in the Middle East, the men in my unit spent lots of time with prostitutes. Soon, my refusal to partake was reason enough for my peers to accuse me, day in and out, of being gay.

My Navy peers often harassed me, insisting the extra training I did with Marines was a search for sex partners. Once, I was hog tied to a chair, rolled across the base, and left in a dog kennel with feces. I was forced to simulate sex acts, on camera, to armed service members with trained attack dogs in the room. Men with hoses sprayed me down in full uniform.

Thousands of miles away from the United States, being subjected to extreme humiliation by my own military leadership, I did not feel hatred. I felt fear. Fear they would hurt me and no one back home would ever know. I had no gay friends to talk with and no gay personal life. I was only 18 years old, and I was afraid if I told anyone, I would be kicked out for being gay.

Eventually, someone a rank above me reported it, and there was an investigation that found dehumanizing pranks against me were habitual. I was preparing to testify, when I got a call from a Navy attorney telling me the case was dropped.

So all I have to show for my abuse is a two inch packet of investigation findings and post traumatic stress disorder.

Since 1993, the policy that reads “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Harass, Don’t Pursue” (DADT) has legitimized discrimination and abuse against our Country’s finest. It’s a policy that made it easier for my abusers to torment me. I support House bill H.R.1283 which would replace DADT with a non-discrimination policy, and when it comes to a vote, our President and legislators in Congress should have little fear of opposing it. Because according to a 2008 Washington Post/ABC News poll, 75 percent of Americans favor allowing openly gay people to serve in the military.

I wish I could still be serving in our military, but after three and a half years in the Navy, including two and a half years stationed in the Middle East, I resigned because I refused to be punished any longer for who I am. My official statement to the Navy reads in part:

“I am homosexual. I am proud of my service and had hoped that I’d be able to serve the Navy and country for my entire career. However, the principles of honor, courage and commitment mean that I must be honest with myself, courageous in my beliefs and committed to my course of action. I understand this statement will be used to end my naval career.”

I told, and I was discharged.

Minnesota Offering the First Online LGBT High School


PrintYep, a school exists that allows LGBT or questioning students to study online rather than in the classrooms of a school that may be considered violent.

It is incredible and makes me happy to see that we have this…yet I am deeply saddened that we need such a thing in modern America.

According to the school’s website:

Imagine a school where you can be you.

Where your friends share similar experiences and similar questions.

Where you can get a high quality education while receiving comprehensive support from adults and peers.

Where all staff members genuinely want to work with you.

Because of who you are.

Even if you’re not sure.