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11/19/2009

Houston, chronically: City's 2nd anti-gay story in as many days

by Jeremy Hooper

Need a reason other than decency to stand against the homo-hostile attacks against Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker? Well here. Maybe this reminder of the pervasive, violent atmosphere that's fostered by anti-gay rhetoric will heighten your awareness/sensitivity:


Student attacked with metal pipe said school administrators did nothing to help [KHOU]

Is this Houston incident a direct by-product of the attacks on Ms. Parker. No, of course not. But at the end of the day, it is all connected. And when society sends the message that gays are outside the spectrum of normalcy, it's only a matter of time before those words turn into fists (or complacency)!

Stop the ugly campaign tactics. Stop the ugly violence. Oh, and heterosexual America: Please start f***ing caring!

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Your thoughts

My advise to this boy, and *any* victim of a Gay bashing: seek counseling after the fact. I know that I suffered from acute PTSD after i was beaten by a neo-Nazi skinhead while attending college in Creston, IA. It was those triggers (the sound of feet on the pavement running behind me) that sent me into a panic attack and made me jump at the drop of a hat, each and every time!

Posted by: Wade | Nov 19, 2009 4:23:22 PM

A good kid is threatened by thugs and the school does nothing. This boy could have ended up dead (so many do). For each attack like this, one young person's life is endangered, the other risks losing their freedom and spending their lives in jail.

Is the calculus of what 'the Bible says' worth it?

TX has a carry concealed law...
Texans understand shooting someone in self defense, right?
After all, it took an armed man to scare off those thugs. A witness to the assault and why none of these punks shouldn't be in jail for the next five years.

Jayron...you tried the peaceful and civilized way that a young person should do.
And as your mother said, the boy did the right thing, the adults didn't.
Learn how to use a gun baby, so your beautiful mother can enjoy her life WITH you, rather than mourning life without you.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Nov 19, 2009 9:16:31 PM

I replied to a comment on the article that read, "what I like to know is how long has he/she bing going to school and never had any trouble? did he/she made a pass on the other boy to get beat up?"

I explained by that reasoning, any undesired flirtation is grounds for assault and that the mature and acceptable response is to politely decline with words. I further noted that there was no evidence that the boy actually flirted with any of the boys who allegedly planned and executed the assault.

The comment posted and was mysteriously redacted. Take that as you like.

Posted by: Dave | Nov 20, 2009 1:03:38 PM

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