USA Today: Anti-gay community has blood on its hands

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    Jun 13, 2016 7:28 PM GMT anti-gay politician, every bigoted preacher, every self-hating bully has blood on his hands. Make no mistake about it, the shooting in Orlando which targeted the LGBT community was the end result of decades of anti-gay hate speech and gay bashings.

    Every time a politician or community leader has advocated second-class citizenship for gay Americans, it has given permission to the haters to strike out — in this case in a mass slaughter.

    What’s worse, the politicians themselves often don’t even see the connection. Florida Senator Marco Rubio grabbed the spotlight Sunday by denouncing “the new face of the war on terror.” And while he condemned what he called, “the way radical Islamists have targeted gays and lesbians in other countries,” he must have had amnesia about his own record. It is a record so bad that the LGBT publication The Advocate last year concluded, “Marco Rubio might be the most anti-gay presidential candidate yet.”

    ...Another friend, gay historian Gerard Kosovich, wrote on Sunday, “LGBTQ people face the threat of terror daily… The terror of religions that condemn us. The terror of political parties that work to deny us full citizenship. The terror of elected officials and candidates who attack us. The terror of school authorities who look the other way as we are being bullied. The terror of media that spread hate speech. The terror of families who turn their backs on us or who in words or silence make it clear they see us as inferior. All of them have blood on their hands.”

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    Jun 14, 2016 4:47 AM GMT
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    Hundreds of bills to curb LGBT rights preceded Orlando attack. Is there a link?

    In the six months before the weekend massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, more than 200 bills had been introduced at the state and local levels to restrict the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    While other motives may have inspired the attack, which killed 49 people, advocates say the rate of hate crimes against LGBT people goes up when there is a debate over their rights.

    The sponsors of the various bills say they are not intended to promote violence against LGBT people.

    Rather, the supporters say they want to protect the religious freedom of people who oppose same-sex marriage, or the concerns of people who feel uncomfortable using the same restroom as transgender individuals.

    Another Gay Man Brutally Attacked in Dallas, As Total Nears 30 in Eight Months May 02, 2016

    Is Anti-LGBT Political Rhetoric Fueling Violent Crime Wave in City's Gay Entertainment District?

    Roughly 30 gay men have been attacked in Dallas' heavily LGBT Oak Lawn neighborhood since September, but police still haven't made a single arrest.

    Craig Knapp, 50, became the latest victim early Saturday when he was jumped and called a homophobic slur while walking his friend's dog a block from the Cedar Springs strip — home to the city's largest gay entertainment district.

    Knapp said two men approached him from behind and asked him the name of the dog, according to a report from KDFW-TV. When Knapp replied, "Sissy," one of the men laughed, grabbed him by the back of the head and slammed him to the ground, before pushing his face into the pavement and kicking him. Knapp offered the two suspects his phone and cash, but they didn't take it.

    "I wanted to get out alive, plain and simple," Knapp told WFAA-TV.

    It marks at least the 17th reported attack in Oak Lawn since September, but LGBT advocates say at least a dozen others have gone unreported. Many of the victims were assaulted or robbed after leaving gay nightclubs on foot late at night, with one being stabbed repeatedly and another being struck with a baseball bat. But police have classified only two of the incidents as anti-gay hate crimes.

    The wave of anti-gay violence in Dallas made international news last week, when The Guardian linked it to backlash over the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, as well as anti-LGBT political rhetoric related to Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance and among GOP presidential candidates.

    We got marriage equality, we thought it was over,” Dallas gay bar owner Lee Daugherty told The Guardian. Two members of Daugherty's staff have been among the victims. “A lot of people think it kind of ended there. It actually just started.”

    “We are concerned that the heightened level of animus that surrounds the presidential campaign and the media in general … can fuel higher rates of violence against LGBT people,” said Chuck Smith, chief executive officer of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Texas.
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    Jun 15, 2016 2:00 AM GMT
    The person thought it was over with marriage equality huh?

    Ummmmmm, no.

    And even that isn't secure. Trump has already stated he'd seek to take our rights away by stacking the court against us.

    There are no laurels of civil rights upon which to rest.