Our community rightfully prides ourselves on being one of the most tolerant in the world, and these attacks have shaken us. The recent murder of Marc Carson exposes just how vulnerable we remain even in 2013 and even in the West Village in Manhattan.
Hatred and homophobia can never be underestimated. And the effect of someone saying "God hates fags" can never be underestimated either. It's a license to kill. It's a death sentence. It's not funny. It's not OK. It's not something I can let go easily, because I know what it truly means.
Though I am better, I must still confront the idea that what has happened is never really gone forever, even though I wish I could scrub that memory away forever. I wish there was a way to get rid of those punches and the feel of asphalt against my bleeding knees.
Today, I spoke from Los Angeles with Miller about violence in America and gun control, a topic that's less than two months after Adam Lanza's killing spree and former LAPD cop, Christopher Dorner, accused of hunting fellow officers.
I always thought hate crimes were much more serious, but I found out later that my state's hate crime laws do not apply to crimes committed against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In Alabama? Go figure.
A new poll reveals that a record number of Americans now consider themselves unaffiliated with any particular religion. If you want to understand the reasons behind this trend, read the letter that Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt sent to the mother of a gay son.
Throughout the past couple months a slew of NYC bands, Making Friendz, Light Asylum and Little Victory to name a few, have been sexing up downtown barroom dance-floors with a take-no-prisoners punk rock swagger.