Epidemic of Hatred

Continued. Just try to imagine for a moment if one of the attendees of the War on Christians conference had been viciously attacked by people hurling anti-Christian epithets at them. Do you think we might have heard much about it? Ahem.

Now imagine that two of them had been attacked.

It was much "Hotter than July" last weekend for Detroit's LGBT community, but not for the happy reasons intended by the Detroit Black Pride Society. Instead, at least one gay man and one transgender woman were victims alleged hate crimes.

At around 11 p.m. on July 28, Julia Lynn Marsh, 19, says she was robbed and assaulted by three men within sight of her home at the Ruth Ellis Center's transitional living facility.

Marsh said that her attackers said, "You want to dress like a woman? We'll treat you like one," and that she was hit in the head with a crowbar as she escaped. Marsh said that her purse was stolen during the assault.

Despite the fact that Grace McClelland, the center's executive director, and Marsh herself say that two officers responded the scene, the Detroit Police Department was unable to locate a police report on the incident as of press time.
Wow. What an unfortunate coincidence for the victim.

At about 2:30 a.m., a Detroit gay man, who asked that his name not be used, was shot in the stomach during a robbery outside of the Woodward. The victim said that he was shot while pursuing a man who had stolen a pair of Cartier glasses he was wearing. The thief ran behind a second man, who shot the victim.

"The guy who shot me, he said something like, 'Get off me, fag,'" the victim told BTL from his room at Henry Ford Hospital.
At least the police managed to keep a hold of the report on this one.

According to McClelland, these were only two of “many (alleged) gay bashings that occurred throughout the city over black gay pride week.”

Imagine if two people had been respectively hit with a crowbar and shot at a political convention with their attackers yelling about their political affiliation, or if two anti-choice protestors had been attacked outside an abortion clinic at which they were protesting by people shouting, “Fuck pro-lifers!” Would that be national news? You bet it would, especially if it followed directly on the heels of two similar incidents in California and another in Maine. Repeated attacks are always national news—even when it’s people being attacked by fucking sharks!

But mum’s the word when it comes to attacks against the LGBT community.

(Via BladeWire.)

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