Kentucky Lesbian Couple and Children Attacked by Anti-Gay Crowd at Fireworks Display

  • metta

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    Aug 26, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Kentucky Lesbian Couple and Children Attacked by Anti-Gay Crowd at Fireworks Display

    Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/2011/08/kentucky-lesbian-couple-and-children-attacked-by-anti-gay-crowd-at-fireworks-display-report.html
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    Aug 26, 2011 8:58 PM GMT
    That is appalling. icon_eek.gif


    Not only the crime but the reaction of the authorities.



  • GQjock

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    Aug 27, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    I read this and it sickened me
    What really gave me the WTF moment was when I read that the local government wasn't following their own hate crime policy

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    Aug 27, 2011 12:15 PM GMT
    This is Kentucky. Probably the most ignorant state in America (sorry for those who live there.) But it's true. I left a couple of comments asking how we can help so maybe they will respond.
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    Aug 27, 2011 12:19 PM GMT
    This should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.
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    Aug 27, 2011 12:26 PM GMT
    Before anybody starts in on "hillbillies" - much the same thing happened not long ago in Boston one Independence Day. Two women and their kids were harassed before a big fireworks display at a waterfront park, then afterwards the juvies responsible ran into them again. One of the women got a beatdown bad enough that she was hospitalized for several days. Very little was done by any of the hundreds of people around. The difference is that the incident became a media sensation and at least some of the perps were hauled in, though they all got pretty much a slap on the wrist.

    Just sayin'. We're not 100% safe from the haters anywhere at any time.
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    Aug 27, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    MuslNorganLikr saidBefore anybody starts in on "hillbillies" - much the same thing happened not long ago in Boston one Independence Day. Two women and their kids were harassed before a big fireworks display at a waterfront park, then afterwards the juvies responsible ran into them again. One of the women got a beatdown bad enough that she was hospitalized for several days. Very little was done by any of the hundreds of people around. The difference is that the incident became a media sensation and at least some of the perps were hauled in, though they all got pretty much a slap on the wrist.

    Just sayin'. We're not 100% safe from the haters anywhere at any time.



    I am glad you mentioned that. It is far too easy for us to dismiss things like this from our thoughts as "these things happen elsewhere, not where I am."

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    Aug 27, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.
    Fucking truth!
    I hung up my mom a few days ago and told her not to call me anymore, because she said she was voting republican this year.
    Maybe I should email her this link, but she's say it's the girls' fault for being "sinners."

    Sigh...I fucking hate religion. It hurts SO many people!
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    Aug 27, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


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    Aug 27, 2011 5:17 PM GMT
    Um...I read the article twice and still don't see that the perps are associated with a political party or religious group. They just sound like lawless, Godless thugs.
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    Aug 28, 2011 1:44 AM GMT


    Alleging hate crime, Harlan County lesbian couple seeks federal involvement

    http://www.kentucky.com/2011/08/25/1856382/alleging-hate-crime-harlan-county.html



    Kentucky Lesbian Couple: Firework Attack Was Hate Crime
    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/08/25/Kentucky_Lesbian_Couple_Firework_Attack_Was_Hate_Crime/

    Kentucky Lesbian Couple And Children Attacked At Firework Display
    http://instinctmagazine.com/blog/kentucky-lesbian-couple-and-children-attacked-at-firework-display?directory=100011
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    while it's disgusting that they got attacked for being lesbians....it's even more disgusting when they're targeting children.
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    Kentucky's...meh. If you go to one of the big cities (Louisville or Lexington, for example) then it's typically a lot more forgiving. Go to the rural areas, however, and you might as well be in Zimbabwe. We elect terrible people (Mitch McConnell) because of these rural areas, whereas the urban areas tend to be far more Democratic.
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    Aug 30, 2011 5:52 PM GMT
    Theyre lesbians in Kentucky......Why is anyone surprised by this?
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidMy mother's from Kentucky. If it weren't for me she'd still be a homophobic person. She became a lot more forgiving and less judgmental because of having a gay son. But dang, that was really hard on me at eighteen/nineteen years old when I came out of the closet.

    I have quite a bit of family there and the redneck aspect to my roots is unfortunate. I don't ever go there anymore. In fact, I have not been there in over twenty years.

    The gays and lesbians in Kentucky should just leave the state and go somewhere more progressive, more accepting.


    You just mentioned how having a gay son made your mother more accepting, and studies have shown that people who know gay/lesbian people become more accepting as well. Therefore we shouldn't be moving out because of an unwelcoming atmosphere. Yes, if there are death threats that is a serious concern and moving away would be the best option, but for some people (this feeling is especially true in southern states), they cannot bear to leave their hometowns out of sentimental value.

    Hopefully, with time, someone will step up and get to know the victims and the townsfolk will realize they're people too and become more forgiving, just like your mother.
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    Aug 30, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    unfortunately, welcome to ky. I'm out of here as soon as I graduate.

    I'm out of the closet to family and friends... But not really publicly, such as work etc... It's not a choice because of embarrassment or shame, but really for my own protection.

    But, for the record.. not everywhere in KY is this bad.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:07 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    paulflexes said
    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.
    Fucking truth!
    I hung up my mom a few days ago and told her not to call me anymore, because she said she was voting republican this year.
    Maybe I should email her this link, but she's say it's the girls' fault for being "sinners."

    Sigh...I fucking hate religion. It hurts SO many people!


    Ummm.....
    Really Paul?

    Are you this afraid? I think just the Tea Party dont care about gays not really all rightists. You should make up with your mom- i doubt she want you thrown into camps.

    Neither party cares about us.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    ULmatt saidunfortunately, welcome to ky. I'm out of here as soon as I graduate.

    I'm out of the closet to family and friends... But not really publicly, such as work etc... It's not a choice because of embarrassment or shame, but really for my own protection.

    But, for the record.. not everywhere in KY is this bad.


    It's for the best. I was the same in college in rural virginia. We weren't even safe from the cops.
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    mayBbignow2 said
    paulflexes said
    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.
    Fucking truth!
    I hung up my mom a few days ago and told her not to call me anymore, because she said she was voting republican this year.
    Maybe I should email her this link, but she's say it's the girls' fault for being "sinners."

    Sigh...I fucking hate religion. It hurts SO many people!


    Ummm.....
    Really Paul?

    Are you this afraid? I think just the Tea Party dont care about gays not really all rightists. You should make up with your mom- i doubt she want you thrown into camps.
    I've been out of the closet for 20 years...almost half of my adult life.
    She still thinks the Republicans are carrying out god's word.
    She still is against same-sex marriage.
    She can't understand why homosexuality and sodomy laws have been reversed.
    She still thinks that I'm going to burn in hell, and makes it a point to remind me every time we talk.
    Yet she tries to tell me she loves me.

    The second half of my adult life will be more peaceful without her. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 30, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Beaux saidUm...I read the article twice and still don't see that the perps are associated with a political party or religious group. They just sound like lawless, Godless thugs.


    'lawless, Godless thugs' exactly, REPUBLICANS!!!!!
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    Aug 30, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    So sad, I hope they find the perpetrators!

    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


    What makes you think they were necessarily republicans? wow you're dumb.
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    Aug 31, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    mocktwinkie saidSo sad, I hope they find the perpetrators!

    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


    What makes you think they were necessarily republicans? wow you're dumb.


    I'd be willing to bet a month's salary that they were republicans
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    mocktwinkie saidSo sad, I hope they find the perpetrators!

    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


    What makes you think they were necessarily republicans? wow you're dumb.



    I hope this is sarcasm. Otherwise, YOU'RE the stupid one! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    mocktwinkie saidSo sad, I hope they find the perpetrators!

    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


    What makes you think they were necessarily republicans? wow you're dumb.



    I hope this is sarcasm. Otherwise, YOU'RE the stupid one! icon_rolleyes.gif


    Sadly, it's not sarcasm. Twinkles is an idiot.
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    Aug 31, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThis should be a wake-up call to all you gay Republicans. These are the type of people you're joining hands with. This isn't even about the right to marry. This boils down to being able to live a normal life without being injured or killed for being gay. And each time you go into that voting booth and vote Republican, these are the kind of people you're supporting.


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