Back in the ER.. oxygen super low. Heart rate low. Shortness breath vomiting blood pressure high fever 102.9. Update: I tested positive for corona. Be here for a couple of days.. then quarantine 14 day”
Philip would never make it back home, his husband would soon join him in a San Antonio ICU. Tony had also been sick, but didn’t want to go to the E.R. He was found unresponsive by Philip’s mom and days later ended fighting for his life in a hospital room near his husband’s.
“These doctors in the ICU and nurses they tell us new frontier for them they’re trying to figure it out all the stuff that you’re hearing on the news and all the stuff that we hear from the actual people fighting in the front lines,” said Alfred and Robert Tsai, Philip’s brothers.
Alfred and Robert say they want to share Philip and Tony’s story, and they know the way they died should serve as a warning to everyone young or old, healthy or sick, male or female.
“You can look at the end of the day, there are two family members we will miss and will never get back. It’s not worth going out socializing and having that chance risking the chance of getting it.
Tony Brooks Tsai was a councilman at Live Oak and worked at San Antonio Military Medical Center. Phillip Thai Brooks owned his own salon called Extreme Opulenece Hair Studio, LLC. They will be buried together at Fort Sam Houston.
“It [the Parkland massacre] cost peoples lives and it also contributed to a state of poison in our national discourse where you have politicians and celebrities and everyone else impugning the characters of millions of law abiding members just because they choose to voluntarily enter into a fellowship and call themselves the NRA. That’s the problem here, it created even more victims of a different sort.” – NRA spokes-bitch Dana Loesch, speaking last night on NRA TV.
At a late night emergency press conference arranged on Monday night, Mitt Romney in response to a secretly recorded video made at a private fundraiser in May the “Boca Raton home of private-equity executive Marc Leder, stood by the comments he made to the millionaire donors present stating that “47 percent of Americans pay no taxes” believe that they “are entitled to healthcare, food, and housing” and also said that they portray themselves as “victims”.
Romney took just three questions, walking away when asked if his claims that almost half of Americans see themselves as “victims” represent his “core convictions” and what he believes.
Mother Jones’ David Corn — who first reported on the video said on MSNBC News Monday evening, “The fact that Mitt Romney has not challenged a word here shows you that this is what he said, this is what he said behind closed doors with a bunch of other millionaires he felt quite comfortable with.”
Dustin Tasso and Matt James, a gay couple from Toomsuba, Mississippi have become targets of anti- gay abuse and hate crimes in thier neighborhood which have included their home being broken into, windows of their car being bashed in, and the word “fags” being spray-painted on the street in front of their house.
The couple has decided to stand up and speak out about the harassment that they are suffering in thier rural town and to point out that they are not alone.
“We just felt like there needed to be something done,” says James “because it’s not just us. This stuff happens everyday, and I mean it’s not noticed or recognized and there’s got to be some kind of justice.”
The San Francisco PD are asking gay men in the Castro to be more careful about who they pick up in a bar after reports that older gay men are being targeted by (straight) criminals who are coming into gay bars, flirting with men, and then robbing them after they take them home.
In a recent report to the SFPD a victim told of drinking at a Castro bar when a really good-looking man walked in and bought him a drink. After some time, the man suggested they go home together. The victim’s vision began to become blurry and he didn’t know what was going on. The two went to the victim’s apartment, where he started vomiting. When he came out of the bathroom, the suspect grabbed the man’s computer and demanded the victim’s password. When the man refused to give it to him, the suspect hit him, and the victim ran out of the apartment, screaming.
Sgt. Chuck Limbert, the LGBT liaison for the Mission District, says there has been more than one report of this kind as of late and that both patrons and businesses need to be aware.
Bartenders and businesses should be mindful of those who have clearly had too much to drink; hail them a cab, or at the very least ask them if they are okay. Patrons should also be aware of who they are mingling with — ask to see someone’s ID before you take them home.
Remember guys if Prince Charming walks into a bar and you think its too good to be true.
The legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel located on Hollywood Boulevard which was and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer, in 1927 has become a site where four people were injured in a savage gay bashing attack earlier this month.
WeHo Confidential reports the victims were returning to their rooms at the hotel about 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 when they were attacked by a group of 10 people said to be gang members who started calling them”faggots,”
They began attacking one male and then threw the female of the group to the ground. Another male member of the five stepped in to pull the female away out and try to the other male victim, and he immediately sustained a blow to the head knocking him out. The attackers continued kicking the man in the head even after he had slumped to the ground, causing enormous cuts
and gashes on his face and body and resulting in a concussion.
In all four of the five people are said to have been injured — one so bad that he “awoke in a pool of blood.”
After the incident the group of five checked out of the hotel and pon checking out they requested a refund for being placed in such a terrifying situation in a place where people should expect to feel safe. The manager denied the refund, stating, “I’m the one who has to deal with your blood
all over the floor.”
The LAPD is investigating and has identified some of the gay-bashers thanks to surveillance video. The identified criminals are gang members from Oakland.
12 year old Holly Stuckey of northwest of Wales, died suddenly in her father’s arms after collapsing from a still unexplained medical trauma. Prior to her death, her father Clive found notes Holly wrote about being tormented at school by classmates, whom claimed she was a lesbian.
A note written in pink biro read: ‘I hate you for what you have done to me. I feel like no one.’ Mr Stuckey has since given the names of 13 teenagers to police who are investigating his daughter’s death for the coroner. Holly, who was an only child, was described as innocent, quiet and timid by her grieving family. Her father said: ‘People made fun of her because she did not know much about sex education. ‘She was an innocent girl but kids turned on her and started to call her a lesbian because she didn’t know as much as them. Holly, who lived in Maesteg, Wales was an asthmatic but the problem was under control and not thought to be related. Mr Stuckey, who lives in Maesteg with his 47-year-old wife Lee, said: ‘We just don’t know but it could have been the emotional strain of what she was going through which brought on a heart attack. ’I have been contacted by several other parents who have told me that their children are being bullied. ’I want other parents to stand up for their children. I want to protect them.’
It’s not know what caused Holly’s sudden death, and might never be, but unquestionably the torment she suffered through wasn’t improving her quality of life and perhapos the stress was too much.
It’s so sad and tragic that so sad that the last days on earth for this child, and all the others we have lost were filled with fear and torment.
In 2009 New York State Senator Thomas Duane introduced and supported passionately bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent. The bill passed, and made its way through the proper channels to Governor Paterson’s desk, where he vetoed it this weekend, saying it was unclear where the money would come from to pay for it. Said Patterson:
“This is my most difficult veto. I recognize, sadly, the history of the inadequacy of services government has brought to bear for those with H.I.V./AIDS. I have pledged not to impose unfunded mandates on cash-strapped localities, and to prevent the state from taking on additional financial burdens outside the budget process without an identified funding source.”
State Senator Thomas Duane reacted with anger, releasing this statement:
“Governor Paterson’s veto of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) 30% rent cap bill is an incredible tragedy. Thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who receive housing assistance from HASA will continue to be forced to live on $11 and change a day because all the rest of their monthly income — in some cases upwards of 70% — must go towards paying rent. While people in all of New York’s other rental assistance programs have their rents capped at 30% of income, these women and men will continue to worry about how they are going to survive each month instead of focusing on staying well. It is inexcusable that New York would make these people who are ill decide between buying winter gloves or underwear, between buying toilet paper or a Metrocard to get to a doctor’s appointment, between buying toothpaste to brush their teeth or laundry detergent to wash their clothes. This veto takes away these HASA clients’ ability to afford fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain their strength and to purchase over-the counter medicine at the drug store when they have a cold. Affording a telephone and electricity is a struggle and buying stamps to send a letter to loved ones is cost prohibitive. Even simply going to a movie or taking the subway to the park to escape the pressures of life for a few hours is impossible. This is an incredible injustice and it is shameful that New York will allow this to continue.
…There was no valid reason to veto this bill. Time and time again I, Assemblymember Deborah Glick, and so many other elected officials have proven that this legislation is cost-effective for the City and State. Mayor Bloomberg aggressively lobbied against the legislation claiming it would cost the City of New York $16 million dollars. Yet a cost analysis conducted by Shubert Botein Policy Associates projected a savings of over $19 million from prevented housing evictions. Inexplicably, under extreme pressure from Mayor Bloomberg, the Governor decided to ignore this solid evidence and vetoed the bill. HASA clients: The Governor and the Mayor let you down. Your hopes were raised when both the Senate and Assembly passed the legislation in overwhelming numbers. You traveled to Albany week after week, telling your stories and providing hard data time and time again. “We have lost this chance to right this wrong but you have my pledge to continue the fight.”
A BAD and TRAGIC move by Patterson. That the budget is more important to than the lives of AIDS/HIV victims. So very sad and horrible. Surely the money could have been found. Patterson should be ashamed of himself.
Watch Senator Tom Duanes impassioned 3:00am speech to the New York Senate in 2009 to pass the original bill, It truly is a speech so worthy that stands up there with Harvey Milk. Its 22 minutes long but well worth it to watch.
Make no mistake. This is what a REAL Political Gay Activist is.