An arrest has been made in Texas of a man who yelled homophobic slurs before shooting and killing a lesbian woman in a parking lot in Cedar Park, Texas over the weekend.
Via The Advocate: Akira Ross, 24, was gunned down outside a Circle K gas station in the evening of Friday, June 2. Police said they were called to the scene at 9:50 p.m. where they found Ross dead of a gunshot wound. Witnesses said a man started yelling homophobic slurs at Ross and the two exchanged words before the alleged assailant pulled a gun, shot her three times, and then fled the scene in his car. On Tuesday, authorities in Ingleside arrested Bradley Stanford, 23, and charged him with a single count of first-degree felony murder of Ross.
Two days later, police found Stanford in Ingleside, near Corpus Christi, and arrested him. He is now in the Williamson County Jail and is charged with murder.
Anthony Hill, Ross’ father believes this was a crime fueled by hate:
“And this was a hate crime because he was laying out slurs at her. She didn’t want any trouble,” Hill said. “I just want people to stop hating on people for whatever they decide to do in life. You know, because at the end of the day, we are the same. No one is better than the next. No one is worse than the next.”
The Cedar Park police will not state at this time if this is being investigated as a possible hate crime, but the department could only confirm that an investigation is ongoing.
*NOTE: The Advocate titled their piece: “Texas Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Shot Queer Woman In Cold Blood”. We’d like to remind fellow journalists that this is lazy and an incorrect headline unless the reporter knew for a fact that Ms. Ross openly identified as “queer”. Most people in our community do not. For that fact, we referred to Ms. Ross as a “lesbian”.
Save us from these nasty perverted and demonic straight Christians!
Michael Keith Stevens, who is married with no children, was appointed superintendent in 2022 after years as an elementary school teacher in several other districts.
A Texas school superintendent sent lewd photos to an undercover officer posing online as a 15-year-old girl he planned to meet with, authorities said. Michael Keith Stevens, 47, superintendent of the Itasca Independent School District, was arrested Thursday and accused of online solicitation of a minor, according to court records.
“He sent pictures of his private parts and asked for nude videos and images in return,” Constable Alan Rosen said. “He told the undercover investigator he was at work and some of his disturbing photos appear to be taken in his office. And during the conversation, he was planning a trip to Houston to engage in sex acts.
Detectives said Stevens believed the undercover agent he was talking to was a 15-year-old girl and referred to her age multiple times. The defendant asked “Am I too old for you? So, you’re okay with my age? I’m probably too old for you. I’m 47 years old.”
They need to pass a new law in Texas which prevents teachers from saying anything about heterosexuality since that’s grooming and sexualizing children and that’s obviously what caused this crime to occur.
Florida, Texas, and Kentucky. The LGBT Community’s ‘Axis of Evil”.
During a Senate Committee on Education meeting this week, Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Texas, amended HB 890, which relates to parental rights and the responsibilities of public schools. The change to bill HB 890 now includes a portion that bans the “instruction, guidance, activities, or programming regarding sexual orientation or gender identity to students enrolled in prekindergarten through 12th grade.”
The updates to the bill, critics say, are unnecessary and unfounded.
LGBT advocacy groups and organizations, like the Texas Freedom Network, say they’re outraged at the amendments made to HB 890.
It is unconscionable that lawmakers would attempt to sneak a ‘Don’t Say Gay/Transgender’ requirement into a bill that was not at all crafted for this purpose and previously received bipartisan support. Today’s committee hearing occurred without any notice given of this cruel addition. Anti-LGBTQ legislation of this nature creates an unsafe, hostile learning environment for LGBTQIA+ students, families, and educators while violating the rights of all families and parents who support inclusivity.
We’re systematically eliminating the spaces where kids can feel accepted,” said Braun. “We know from multiple studies that kids have to feel a sense of belonging and, if we’re removing the spaces where they can belong, then we’re driving them in more mental health crises than they’ve been embroiled in before.”
Creighton an “alleged” homophobe and racist bill in 2019 was seeking to overturn LGBT protections enacted by Texas cities. In March 2023, he appeared here for his bill that would deny the prospect of tenure to newly-hired university professors. Creighton has spearheaded the Texas campaign to protect Confederate monuments.
In good news from Texas:(Yes, there is actually some.}
The Texas House on Saturday was required to advance bills through the committee phase by midnight. However, the House opted to not meet this weekend. The free weekend for state representatives means an untold number of bills can no longer be considered some of which focused on LGBT issues and race.
Senate Bill 16 — Banning “critical race theory” from universities, Senate Bill 1601 — Restricting libraries from hosting drag queen story hours, and Senate Bill 1029 — Holding doctors and insurers financially liable for transition-related care are all officially dead.
Another day. Another mass-shooting. And more crazy lies from the GOP to blame anything but guns.
Yesterday, hundreds of terrified shoppers in Allen, Texas fled in panic after a gunman stepped out of a silver sedan and opened fire at a Dallas-area outlet mall, killing eight and wounding seven before being killed by a police officer who happened to be nearby,
This is the second mass shooting in the state this year.
Republicans took to social media last night to blame everything from migrant workers to anti-depressants and say those who don’t believe in “thoughts and prayers” are basically satanic heathens.
Buckle up. Here we go.
“The federal government must partner with states for mental hospitals and drug rehab centers for the good of our society. We must fund and support police officers and prosecutors must put criminals behind bars.
“We need to study SSRI’s and other factors that cause mass shootings. Our nation is plagued with mental illness, drug addiction, homelessness, and out of control crime. We have to fix it.
“We pray for the victims and their families and an end to the mental illness, drugs, and evil forces that cause people to commit such horrors.”
Well I guess if any knew all about mental illness it would be MTG.
Next up we have Texas GOP Rep. Ronny (Mr, Insurrection) Jackson blaming the mass shootings on “migrant workers|“
“Our hearts go out to the people down there. That’s just a few miles, actually, southeast of the district that I represent, so I know those folks down there really well. But I hope we can figure this out.
“This is a problem with our society. This is a societal problem and, you know, trying to disarm law-abiding citizens is not going to be the answer, because I know that’s a big push right now.
“I tell you that we have some bad people in this country, and a lot of them are crossing our southern border. We have an issue in general where we have a culture of accountability and a culture of — there’s no responsibility.
“We have people prosecuting crimes, that won’t prosecute if crimes, and we have the defund the police movement. All these things are coming together and manifesting itself in shootings like this.
And last but certainly not least we have Republican congressman representing Allen, Rep. Keith Self, called for thoughts and prayer in light of the mass shootings
A Republican congressman representing Allen, Rep. Keith Self, called for prayer in light of the mass shooting, which included injured victims as young as 5 years old.
When a CNN reporter asked what his response was to people who feel “prayers aren’t cutting it,” the congressman said, “Well, those are people that don’t believe in an almighty god who is absolutely in control of our lives. I’m a Christian. I believe that he is.”
Self also said he wanted to avoid making the tragic incident political but then pointed to the violence in “big cities” after being asked if he was concerned about the rise of violent incidents across the US. The congressman said he was “absolutely” concerned with increasing violence in the country and mentioned Chicago.
The Texas House passed a bill Thursday that aims to ban sexually explicit materials from school libraries. But legal experts, librarians and some parents are concerned that the bill’s language is vague and broad enough to ensnare books that are not inappropriate.
Under House Bill 900 — a priority for House Speaker Dade Phelan [photo] — sexually explicit books would be taken off shelves, and some books with sexual references would require parental consent. It passed the House by a 95-52 vote on Thursday after clearing an initial vote the previous day. The bill now heads to the Senate.
While lawmakers questioned the bill on the House floor, Texans sat cross-legged on the floor of the Capitol rotunda with books in hand to protest the legislation. Mimicking in-school reading time, the protesters read pictures books and young adult novels that could be targeted under HB 900.
Public schools in Texas would have to prominently display the Ten Commandments in every classroom starting next school year under a bill the Texas Senate approved Thursday. Senate Bill 1515 by Sen. Phil King, R-Weatherford, now heads to the House for consideration.
This is the latest attempt from Texas Republicans to inject religion into public schools. In 2021, state Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Mineola Republican, authored a bill that became law requiring schools to display donated “In God We Trust” signs.
The Senate also gave final passage to Senate Bill 1396, authored by Sen. Mayes Middleton [photo], R-Galveston, which would allow public and charter schools to adopt a policy requiring every campus to set aside a time for students and employees to read the Bible or other religious texts and to pray.
In 1980 the United States Supreme Court ruled against the state of Kentucky for essentially trying the same thing.
“We conclude that Kentucky’s statute requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in public school rooms has no secular legislative purpose, and is therefore unconstitutional.” – U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham, 1980.
Houston-area Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) joined in on the wave of backlash to the commercial with an Instagram post over the weekend. In a video published to the platform on Sunday, Crenshaw vows to throw out all the Bud Light in his fridge—only to find it stuffed with Karbach.
“Saw Bud Light’s stupid ad campaign,” Crenshaw says in the video. “So guess what we’re going to do? We’re going to throw out every single Bud Light we’ve got in the fridge. Alright, well I guess that was easy,” Crenshaw remarks at the Bud Light-less scene.
Many on the internet were quick to point out that the Karbach filling Crenshaw’s fridge is owned by Bud Light parent company Anheuser-Busch Inbev.
Who’s gonna break the news to Danny boy that Karbach Brewing ‘Crawford Bock’ beers we saw in his fridge are also ‘woke’…?
UPDATE: Crenshaw has removed his post from Twitter. Guess someone told him.
Via The Advocate: “A Texas Republican lawmaker proposed a bill allowing everyday people to sue anybody who hosts or performs in drag where any child is in attendance. Critics say the measure will create a bounty-hunting culture that targets drag queens and transgender people. Houston-area state Rep. Steve Toth filed HB 4378 on Thursday. He seeks to define “a cause of action for drag performances performed in the presence of a minor.” A winning plaintiff can expect to be paid actual damages, attorney’s fees, and statutory damages of $5,000.00.”
The bill would uses the same tactics as controversial 2021 SB 8 in Texas, which gave private citizens the right to sue anybody they thought could have been involved with any part of an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
Rep. Steve Toth an extremist GOP member of Congress also believes that it was long past time for the United States to invade Mexico. In 2021, Toth tried to restrict lessons on historical racism. And in October 2020, Toth teamed up with a notorious anti-LGBTQ activist in a failed bid to throw out 127,000 Houston-area votes made through their new drive-thru polling stations.
Perhaps we should all sue our parents for letting us watch Bugs Bunny. John Travolta, Robin Williams, Katherine Hepburn, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Flip Wilson, Milton Berle and the list goes on and on.
A new Texas House bill that provides property tax relief based on the size of a family excludes LGBT(Q) couples and divorced parents with children, among other parties, from getting the tax advantage. Texas House Bill 2889, introduced this week by state Rep. Bryan Slaton (R), would supply a homestead tax credit to “certain married couples” in the state with either biological or adopted children of any age. Slaton said his bill intends to lift the state’s falling birth rate by establishing financial incentives for child-rearing. The proposed law is inspired by policies enacted in Poland and Hungary.
If this bill becomes law (certainly a possibility in the hellhole of Texas), could it possibly withstand legal scrutiny?
Duncan Urbanek, of Pure Words Baptist Church in southwest Houston gave a sermon in which he prayed for “every homo that exists” to suffer “a slow, painful death”
A video clip of part of the speech was reposted online by Hemant Mehta, an activist and citizen journalist who runs the Friendly Atheist substack, which exposes hypocrisy and hate by the religious Right.
Urbanek utilizes the well-worn trope of comparing gay people to pedophiles.: “Hey, I’m going to pray for every pedophile,” he says. “Every homo that exists, you know what my prayer for them is? They go straight to hell right now. I have no sympathy for them. I have no love for them. They hate God! They’ve already rejected God! And if God rejected them, why would I accept them?” That’s why I just pray that they just go to hell! And that’s a good imprecatory prayer to have: Hey Lord, let him drop straight into hell right now. I mean, if that’s not gonna happen, you know, let him get run over by a bus! A huge semi-truck! A Mack truck! I mean, let him get struck by lightning. I mean, give him cancer. Let the AIDS just infest their whole body and just die right now. Just destroy them. I mean, I don’t care which way you do it, Lord. Just kill them right now. Break their teeth in their mouth. Let them have a slow, painful death.”
Urbanek’s previously used anti-gay slurs to refer to gay people in his sermons. He’s also accused women who wear pants of being “cross-dressers” and being an “abomination,” urging their husbands to burn their wives’ clothing if they have pants in their wardrobes, and telling women to delete or destroy any pictures or evidence of them having ever worn pants.