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Monday, August 08, 2005

Hate crimes increasing

Violent Summer For New York Gays:

In June and July alone there were 85 violent hate crimes against NYC gays and the number has been rising almost daily in August.

This is scary. If things are bad in New York, I don't like to think about what it's like in places less liberal. It's necessary to not let fear control one's life, I think, but that's difficult when one lives in Ohio.

It is part of a disturbing trend, Clarence Price of the Anti-Violence Project told

"Hate crimes against gays jumped in the second half of 2003 and have remained high," Patton said.

I think it'd be hard to ignore a connection between the hate spewed by this administration and the increase in hate crimes. has full of stories related to the one above. For example, check out these below:

DJ Beaten For Playing Too Much 'Gay Music'.

Andrew Cleeson says he was just playing the music people wanted to hear at a dancehall in Dorset. But, for construction worker Roy Nash there was just too much "gay music" being spun.

When Cleeson started playing the Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Nash, 48, charged the DJ booth, crashing over the turntables and headbutting Cleeson.

The shocked DJ received a broken nose.

And ACLU: Gays Abused In Los Angeles Jail

The sheriff's department is investigating claims by the American Civil Liberties Union that gay inmates were publicly called derogatory names and strip searched last month at a county jail.

About 20 gay inmates were forced to remove their clothes in a busy hallway July 19 at the Men's Central Jail while being called names and taunted with vulgar sexual language by some deputies, the ACLU said in a letter to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, citing inmates' claims.

"Such behavior by staff demonstrates a level of immaturity, lack of professionalism, and sadism, which tarnishes the reputation of the entire department," wrote Ricardo Garcia and Jody Kent, who monitor jailhouse issues for the ACLU of Southern California.

The ACLU wanted anti-discrimination training for all deputies.

It's hard not to worry about safety.


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