hate crime

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Published October 5, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

The recent suicide related deaths of five teens in the US supposedly related to homophobic schoolyard bullying has wiped up a bit of a storm. In no way does this commentary seek to minimalize the human tragedy of suicide and especially that involving children for their family and the community. Rather on these occasions a gaggle of media personalities rush out to tell their story ably aided by mainstream media. Being a cynical old bastard, I tend to take these biographies with a shovel of salt with most of these people having not seen a schoolyard for quite a while. Homophobic bullying affects all children it controls their behaviour to ensure compliance with a limited view of gender identity that needs challenging. Especially, when homophobic bullying does not end at the schoolyard gate, as it is both codified and institutionalised

Do I give a damn YES I DO!

In my three years of secondary schooling, bullies targeted me every day of the week and staff offered no comfort let alone protection.  On some occasions, staff even blamed me for causing the abuse, which still confuses me to this day. I still experience anxiety issues, which often limit my social participation because I do not really trust people. I often hide behind roles, which provides structures that limit the nature of my interactions with others

Does it get better, yes as an adult I discovered my voice, realised,  I have choices and the views of others do not count as much as when I went to school.

Queers United: Word of the Gay: “Hundred and Seventy Fiver”

Published August 14, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Queers United: Word of the Gay: “Hundred and Seventy Fiver”

The inverted pink triangle, originally intended as a badge of shame, has become an international symbol of gay pride and the gay rights movement.

the Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, which turned homosexuality from a minor offence into a felony, remained intact  until 1969.

In 2002, the German government issued an official apology to the gay community for this discriminatory policy.

Murder of Gay Youths in Tel Aviv: I’m the One to Blame by jaysays

Published August 6, 2009 by Michael C Leeson


Murder of Gay Youths in Tel Aviv: I’m the One to Blame  jaysays.com

My friend makes the point that it is up to all of us to stand up and fight against injustice, when we see or hear it.  The quote often attributed to the Irish  Edmund Burke political philosopher, Whig politician, and statesman comes to mind.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

However, I think jaysays does himself a disservice here, his admission in itself is a statement of his courage to take up the political standard and fight. It seems people may or may not do this at some point. However, it does not mean that he or she should feel any guilt, as those of you who are reading this entry would know being queer (my label) in a str8 world is not an easy burden to carry.

A black day

Published August 4, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

August 1, 2009, Tel Aviv, Israel

Murdered were

Nir Katz 26 and Liz Tarbishi 17

2 killed as gunman mows down youths in Tel Aviv gay centre

Members of the homosexual...

Vigil for TA attack held in Jerusalem

A black day for Israel’s gay community Jerusalem Post

Police conduct reenactment of TA gay center attack; 100 attend Haifa rally Jerusalem Post

Police looks to witnesses for lead into Tel Aviv gay center shooter – Haaretz

Police We have lead in gay-lesbian center killings – Haaretz – Israel

Foreign Office condemns Tel Aviv gay killings  Pink News UK

Vigils Scheduled to Mourn Tel Aviv LGBT Victims (USA) 05/08/09

Senate votes big expansion of federal hate crimes

Published July 18, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

The Associated Press: Senate votes big expansion of federal hate crimes

Hate Crime

On this day, the US Senate voted on and passed the Matthew Shepard Act (the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007, or LLEHCPA), HR 1592.

Existing legislation:

1968 federal hate-crime law (18 U.S.C. § 245(b)(2))

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said,

“This bill simply recognizes that there is a difference between assaulting someone to steal his money, or doing so because he is gay, or disabled, or Latino or Muslim,”.

The Senate hate crimes bill is S.909

Some noted points

  • Authorises federal prosecutions of hate crimes where the state or local authorities are unwilling or unable to do so.
  • remove the current prerequisite that the victim be engaging in a federally-protected activity, like voting or going to school
  • It provides $5 million in grants to state and local law enforcement officials who have trouble meeting the costs of investigating and prosecuting these crimes.
  • require the FBI to track statistics on hate crimes against transgender people (statistics for the other groups are already tracked).
  • Prosecutions under the bill can occur only when bodily injury is involved, and not if or when a minister or protester expresses opposition to homosexuality, even if another person committing a violent action follows their statements.
  • Provisions passed restating that the bill does not prohibit constitutionally protected speech and that free speech guaranteed unless intended to plan or prepare for an act of violence.

History: S.909 – 111th Congress

Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

  • April 2, 2009 Introduced HR1913 by Rep John Conyers bill to House of Reps
  • April 24, 2009, the House Judiciary Committee passed a new version of the bill (HR 1913) by a vote of 15–12.
  • April 29, 2009 HR1913 passed the House of Reps, by a vote of 249–175, with support from 231 Democrats and 18 Republicans
  • April 28, 2009 Sen. Ted Kennedy , D-Mass., introduced hate crimes bill as S.909
  • July 15, 2009 bill incorporated as an amendment into S.1390, the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2010. By a 63-28 cloture vote


  • 45 co-sponsors
  • Pro-bill Democrats control both houses of Congress
  • Obama strong supporter


  • Infringes on states’ rights
  • Infringes on First Amendment rights to free speech
  • Obama said he would veto S.1390 if it includes more money for an F-22 fighter program he is trying to terminate.

Some 45 states have hate crimes statutes on their books and about half the states have laws covering crimes based on sexual orientation.

The FBI receives reports of nearly 8,000 hate crimes every year. Of those, about 15 percent linked to sexual orientation, which ranks third after those involving race and religion.

My comment

I am glad the bill has successfully jumped another hurdle in its 10-year plus journey, and maybe this time it will become a reality. However, there are concerns and question that really need asking at this time.

Point 1

In my own experience of discrimination, it generally take two forms

  • Verbal – Conservative rants, church dogma or red neck fury
  • Structural or implicit discrimination  this is more about omission

This bill as far as can be determined seemingly does not cover either it speaks only on violence directed at the individual or the spoken word on planning of an attack. It seems this loophole   leaves a wide open door for ongoing abuse.

Point 2 – Infringes on states’ rights

8It is not clear on how it would infringes on states’ rights, it speaks to authorising federal prosecutions of hate crimes where the state or local authorities are unwilling or unable to do so. It does seem reasonable for the Federal Government to seek justice for the citizenry where for whatever others do not.

Point 3 – Infringes on First Amendment rights to free speech

I would consider the greatest flaw in this legislation the amendment to allow haters to speak hate, it continues the grand tradition of not making people fully accountable for matters to which they speak. In our daily life how often, do we hold our tongue out of respect this loophole allows hate mongers to not only promote the issue to which this article seeks to address? However, allows these people to incite others to violence without holding them accountable.

Point 4

In the incorporation of this Act into S.1390, has the Right sort to block this bill once again, as Obama said he would if there was funding for the F 22 program attached? Oh when middle aged heterosexual white men feel threatened they seem to try anything to ensure the preservation of their power base and therefore the status quo. the duplicity of it all

Your honour it was the victims fault

Published July 17, 2009 by Michael C Leeson


is the practice of treating people differently on the basis of distinctions made without regard to individual merit. Examples of categories on which social discrimination is seen include race, religion, gender, weight, disability, ethnicity, height, employment circumstances, sexual orientation and age.

Gay panic = Homophobia

HAD = Homosexual Advanced Defence

Homosexual panic

Hate crimesViolence against LGBT people




Sissyphobia: Gay Men and Effeminate Behavior

Biphobia Lesbophobia Transphobia Lavender baiting

Michael Savage

Iris Robinson

Matthew Sheppard

How to Get Away with Murder: A Guide to the Gay Panic Defense | jaysays.com |

16 July 2009 Author: jaysays

The Ft. Worth Police Department Has A Gay Panic Problem

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Box Turtle Bulletin » The Ft. Worth Police Department Has A Gay Panic Problem

Gay Panic a legal defense against charges of assault or murder. A defendant using the gay panic defence claims that he acted in a state of violent temporary insanity because of a little-known psychiatric condition called homosexual panic. Trans panic is a similar defence applied towards cases where the victim is a transgender or intersex person.

Protest Anti-Gay Hate Disguised as Religious Faith | sexgenderbody

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Protest Anti-Gay Hate Disguised as Religious Faith | sexgenderbody

An article from one of my favourite blogs commenting on  practices of ‘reparative therapy by Exodus International is the nation’s foremost organization claiming to use Christianity to turn LGBT people into “ex-gays.”