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Car Accident Escalates Into Horrific Hate Crime In Detroit, Michigan

What began as a run of the mill car accident turned into a horrific hate crime in Detroit, Michigan when  a lesbian couple got into a car accident with a women in an SUV and was then ganged up on by 5 male attackers and were savagely beaten.

From Equality  Michigan:

The SUV driver allegedly said “I can’t believe this man (meaning one of the lesbians)  just hit me” and  proceeded to call her boyfriend, who arrived within five minutes with four of  his male friends.  One of the lesbian coupe were told that because she “acts  like a man” that she would “get beaten like one”. The males attacked the  couple, using anti-lesbian and anti-trans slurs.

Subsequently a Detroit Police Detective has been assigned to the  case and the victims are in the process of submitting their  statements.

Equality Michigan is calling on the police and prosecutor to consider if the case should be referred to the federal courts for prosecution under the  Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act,” (I wouldn’t be calling on them to “consider”  I’d be demanding.)

There are no laws currently on the  books in Michigan that would allow prosecution in that state as a LGBT hate crime.

Jesus weeps.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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