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Two Gay Men Violently Attacked and Beaten in Washington D.C.

Two Gay Men Violently Attacked and Beaten in Washington D.C.

Two gay men were violently attacked and beaten by five unidentified suspects who shouted anti-gay slurs on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Washington D.C. less than two blocks from the Third District D.C. Police Station.

Four men and one woman who jumped out of one of two vehicles that had been driving past the men at 16th Street, New Hampshire Avenue, and U Street, N.W. intersect between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

One of the victims was knocked unconscious and was “bleeding profusely from the face.” He was taken by ambulance to Howard University Hospital. The second victim suffered less serious injuries to his face and head that didn’t require hospitalization.

The victims, William Southern of Laurel, Md., and Robbie Barletta of D.C., identified themselves on social media postings in which they described what they called a harrowing experience. In a Facebook posting, Barletta said the attack occurred while they were walking home from an event near Dupont Circle organized by the Stonewall Kickball LGBT sports league.

“Everything was and is a blur…but I cannot forget the confusion, fear, and sadness I felt in this moment,” Barletta wrote in his posting. “I was lucky to walk away with a huge headache and a black eye,” he wrote, adding that he and Southern plan to take positive action to draw attention to hate crimes.

“I will never stop being gay. I will never feel ashamed of who I am,” Southern wrote in a posting on Instagram. “Most importantly, I will never let anyone around me feel like less of a person simply because of who they are!”

DC Police are currently looking for the five suspects, a black female, and 4 black males in connection to the hate crime.


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Openly Gay DC Councilman, Jim Graham, and Constituants Attacked By Right Wing Extremeist RoboCalls – Is It The National Organization For Marriage’s Doing?

Openly gay, DC Councilman Jim Graham has been attacked and his constituents harassed by two different right wing extremist robocalls claiming such lies as that Graham “paid for an abortion” of open of his staffers, has a lover on the city payroll, and is implicated in D.C.’s taxicab bribery scandal..  The calls are anonymous, with no message indicating who was behind it or who financed it. 

Three guesses?  NOM, Biushop Harry Jacskon, or ________?.  My personal money is on The National Organization For Marriage who wants the D.C. City Council GONE because it  voted to recognize recognizing same-sex marriages and is publicly funding right wing extremist candidates/

“Jim Graham paid for an abortion for his male companion’s chief of staff’s girlfriend. It’s no secret, as reported by a local newspaper. Paying to take the life is evil, especially when you weren’t even the parent. Jim Graham is wretched, immoral and doesn’t deserve to represent us. Let’s get a decent human being to fight for our children, not kill them. Graham is sick and we can do better. Do not vote for Jim Graham.”
Read more after the jump…..

The Graham campaign has contacted the Metropolitan Police Department, the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  because the calls have violated federal law which requires automated calls to identify their source and purpose.

“This is the lowest form of a robocall that I’ve ever heard,” Graham campaign spokesperson Chuck Thies said. “Ever.”

Thies believes that authorities will quickly discover who was behind the call. In the meantime, the political fallout will likely be minimal. This robocall is toxic, and it would only harm an opponent to draw attention to

You can listen to the Robo Call here via TBD.com

The National Organization For Marriage’s HATE-APOLOOZA 2010 Washington, DC Final Stop Is A MASSIIVE FAIL With Only 47 NOM-BIES In Attendance!

Let the joyous news be spread. The hateful NOM Tour is at last is dead!

Well The National Organization For Marriage’s “One Man, One Woman” Summer of Marriage HATE-APOLOOZA started out with a whimper, and ended with a whimper when a whopping 47 of thier supporters showed up for the “HUGE RALLY” stop in Washington, DC

About 10 minutyes after the 2:00pm EST start time passed Brian Brown took to the stage to announce that the event will begin in 10 minutes.  “Another bus is on the way,” Brown said   About ten minutes later another stream of about 18 NOM supporters approached with red and white signs reading “Let the People Vote.” (Must have been one of those small “Special Buses”. 

After that it was the typical NOM bullshit.  Hateful idot Bishop Harry Jackson spoke, Alveda King was paid to speak, some other rightwing loons sermonized.  Blah, blah, fucking blah. 

Tres’ Anti-climatic/

But it’s over.  So no more of Maggies les and hate and Brian Browns sweaty pigface speweing hateful bullshit across the United States.

So long NOM HATEAPOLOOZA 2010!  We’ll miss you!  You did great work for the Gay marriage cause! 


Boston and Washington D.C. Accuse Cleveland Ohio Of Cheating To Be The Selected Host City For Gay Games 2014

Boston Spirit Magazine is crying FOUL that Cleveland Ohio may have cheated to win the hosting rights to the 2014 Gay Games by flouting the bidding rules.

Someone PLEASE call  the Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance!

One area of discrepancy according to Team Boston involved the amount of sports that the FGG wanted a host city to offer. The Red Book allowed for a limit of 28 sports. Why the cap? Team Boston was told that the FGG had previously had problems with overreach in the past, leading many past Gay Games to lose money. So, although Boston planners could have and would have happily prepped for more, they played by the rules and submitted plans for 28.  Cleveland? Their team proposed 40 sports, which automatically catapulted them into first place on the venue scorecard. The eventual host city snagged bonus points on martial arts, power lifting, racquet ball and rodeo, while Boston earned zeros in those events even though they could have easily found a hosting venue. The point spread? Boston earned 89, Washington D.C. 115 and Cleveland 123.

Other discrepancies according to Team Boston and Team D.C. include:

• The guidelines ask that each city’s proposed sporting venues be no more than 15 minutes apart by public transportation. Boston’s are. Cleveland’s golfing venue is over 45 miles away yet still snagged a score of “far beyond expectations.”

• The FGG says it wants long-term financial sponsors. Boston boasted nearly one million dollars more than Cleveland and DC, including money contributed by international and national companies interested in long-term partnerships. Cleveland only pledged $525,000 mostly from “local business owners.”

• Boston allegedly got unfairly low marks for their sports venues and for not having enough sports managers, while Cleveland went well over its allotted 45-minutes in their final presentation to FGG’s voting delegates.

Brent Minor, a longtime supporter of the FGG and a volunteer with Team D.C., says he wasn’t surprised that Cleveland won the bid, but he was concerned with the motivation behind the decision. “What did surprise me was the notion that bringing the Gay Games to Northeast Ohio to highlight gay-rights issues seemed to play such a significant factor to many voters,” Minor argues. “Not only does it seem to unnecessarily politicize the Gay Games movement, but I believe such thinking is too limiting. The fact is, there aren’t enough Gay Games in the world to go to every place that needs enlightenment on LGBT issues.”

“What the Federation presented to us is that they wanted to grow and build their future and host the Gay Games in a strong city,” says Linda DeMarco, president of Boston Pride and one of the many volunteers who spearheaded Team Boston’s bid for the Gay Games. “I don’t think any of us involved in the process thought that Cleveland was part of the scenario.”

When bid co-chair DeMarco and Team Boston learned that Cleveland was selected as the host city of the 2014 Gay Games—also outbidding Washington D.C.—they were shocked.

“At the end of the process, both D.C. and Boston said to each other that we thought we would lose to you,” remarks sports committee member Marc Davino, adding that it was Boston’s big-city attributes with its small-city charm that the group thought would win over the Federation.

“We took what a volunteer does and developed so much passion for it and to be shot down in this way is heartbreaking. We’re still emotionally distressed over this,” adds DeMarco. “We did this because it was important to our community and we know how to do it in Boston.”

Perhaps it’s all just sour grapes, a bad call, or indeed favortism.  But I’d like to remind both Boston and Washington, D.C. that we have much more dire and pressing issues to worry about like hmmmmmmm, Equal Rights perhaps? 
And when all is said and done, it’s all just some gay games.