UPDATE: Shame, shame! It appears that this is now being listed as a false report. We’ll see how it pans out in the end: LINK
If it’s true that this is a boy crying wolf, then it’s a damn shame, since every word of my post is relevant to any of the actual assaults that have happened in recent memory. Bad, bad form to make it more difficult for an oppressed group to be taken seriously. Especially when you’re one of ’em.
The title’s been edited slightly. What the guy said was, “Here’s a taste of hell you fucking fag.” He said that while he branded a gay man on the wrist.
University of North Carolina freshman Quinn Matney was walking across campus around 3 AM on April 4 when he ran into a friend. While the two were talking, a nearby man got up from a picnic table, grabbed Matney by the wrist and proceeded to burn a branding mark into his wrist while the student fought to get out of his grasp.
I remember a few years ago I was watching a critically acclaimed film centered on a gay couple. About five minutes in, I asked how long it would be before one of them was nearly beaten to death by white thirty something rednecks. My date accused me of cynicism, and I’ll admit to a bit. It seems like practically every LGBT movie that gets any attention includes a graphic depiction of the hate and violence directed towards “fags” and “lesbos.”
Unfortunately, stories like these, which seem to come out with startling regularity, give me pause. It must be strange and horrifying to realize that at nearly any moment, someone might jump out of the woods and attack me in Jesus name. I’ve never had to worry about it… much. I have received some “enlightening” messages from Christians concerning my non-belief. But I’m a straight guy, and there are no epithets hurled at me for being straight. And I’ll probably never be beaten for having a girlfriend.
In 21st Century America, however, being gay is still a dangerous thing to admit too openly. Much as we might like to think we’ve conquered our cultural homophobia, there’s still plenty of violence against gays. And all too often, it’s accompanied by spitting mad pronouncements of eternal damnation.