Dallas MMA fighter accused of gay bashing dies

Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 11:06am
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Cory Weddington claims he was a victim of Ivan Cole

Mixed Martial Arts fighter Ivan “J.P.” Cole, 25, died Saturday after shooting himself while “playing” Russian roulette in his North Dallas apartment.

Cole also worked at XTC Cabaret. He was the employee who allegedly initiated an incident in which Cory Weddington was punched and kicked. The women he was with were told, “Get that faggot out of here.”

In a response to Dallas Voice, XTC said Weddington, who’s about 5’4″, attacked MMA fighter Cole.

Weddington filed a lawsuit against XTC on May 1 for damages stemming from the April 2 incident. He alleges assault by four employees that “delivered repeated blows to plaintiff’s head, neck, back, face, shoulder and hips, causing Cory severe and irreparable injuries including a fractured jaw, broken nose, abrasions, and a seizure disorder caused by trauma to the back of the head.”

He is asking for at least $200,000 in compensation for damages, penalties, costs, expenses, pre-judgment interest and attorney fees.

Weddington was cleared as a suspect in Cole’s death by Dallas Police.

No charges were filed against Cole before his death or against the other employees. Dallas police weren’t working off-duty at the club, because DPD officers are not allowed to work at XTC.

At the time of his death, Cole was on suspension from competing in his sport.

From a report by the Combative Sports Advisory Board, “On September 4, a default order was entered against Ivan Cole assessing an administrative penalty of $5,000 and suspending Respondent’s boxer and second license for one year for failing to exhibit sportsmanlike conduct.”

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The last straw: I am pissed off and I am fed up

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 9:35pm

raised_clenched_fist_with_gay_pride_rainbow_flag_postcard-rc1c641d62e3447a5beabaec8c7a51e92_vgbaq_8byvr_324I am done y’all. I’ve had it. I am pissed off. Fed up, ya hear me? Fed the fresh hell up.

Why, you ask? Because my spouse woke me up before 8 a.m. Sunday with the words, “There’s been a shooting in a gay bar in Orlando. Twenty people are dead.” Because the day got worse from there.

I am grieving and I am angry because it turned out there weren’t just 20 people dead. Forty-nine people were murdered inside Pulse nightclub on that early Sunday morning, and at least 53 more injured.

I am pissed off because my wife spends her days worrying about me being at work at the LGBT newspaper, an easy target, along with my coworkers, for some other hate-filled maniac with a gun, or a bomb. She shouldn’t have to be afraid for me to go to work.

I am furious with politicians who send out tweets, hours after the massacre, about “reaping what you sow,” as if those people in that nightclub deserved to die for some reason — because they’re gay, maybe? Or maybe because they were mostly people of color, mostly Latino? And I’m furious with politicians who want to use those deaths to grandstand about how he’s gonna ban people from certain countries and of certain religions from coming to this country — even though, you know, the Orlando killer was an American, born and raised in this country, and the murders may not have had anything to do with religion anyway.

I am fed with people, no matter how well-intentioned, who think stricter gun laws will solve all our problems with violence and keep the crazy assholes who want to kill people from being able to do so. These assholes don’t follow the damn law; stricter laws won’t make them straighten up and act right.

And I am just as fed up with people at the other end of the firearm spectrum who think that if the people in that bar had just been armed themselves, the shooting wouldn’t have happened. Please! Say the people who have been dancing all night and drinking all night and having a good time all have their 9-mils tucked in their waistbands and nestled in their ankle holsters or wherever. Crazy asshole walks in with a semi-automatic assault rifle and starts mowing people down, if anyone managed to pull their gun to get a shot off before being shot themselves, whose to say they’d even shoot back at the right person.

Sure, I guess they could all be carrying their own semi-automatic assault rifles. Now THAT would be a pretty scene when the shooting stopped, wouldn’t it?! Think about it. Remember a couple months back when the Good Samaritan pulled his gun on the guy who’d just shot his wife in the leg in that store in Arlington? Good Samaritan had his license to carry; had his gun; knew what he was doing. Good Samaritan was killed.

Yes, we need better gun laws. Smarter gun laws. But no, we don’t need laws that take all the guns away from all the people. Surely there is a reasonable middle ground solution, but we won’t find it until those on opposite sides of the argument refuse to admit they may not be absolutely right.

I am angry, and I am sad, because so few people are actually talking about the true root problem: hatred and ignorance. I am angry, and I am sad, because so many people want to offer up prayers and a moment of silence and think that’s all they need to do. I believe in God y’all, and I believe in prayer. But sometimes, God’s answer to your prayer is, “Get off your ass and do what needs to be done!” I mean, Jesus already told us how to fix things — you know, “judge not” and “love your neighbor” — and all the praying in the world won’t help if we aren’t willing to help ourselves

I am done y’all. I’ve had it. I’m fed the fresh hell up. And on top of that I am tired. Exhausted — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. And then, I sat down here at my computer and checked my work email. And I got this letter, from some straight white guy whose telling me that he and the other straight white guys are the ones who have been mistreated all these years, and that ‘the Orlando incident’ is just hoax perpetrated by people who want to take away the guns and mistreat all those poor white guys some more. (I’m posting the full text of the letter here so you can read it for yourselves.)

And that was the last straw. I am done. I am pissed off. I am fed the fresh hell up.

So here’s the thing: I can’t just stop being sad, feeling broken. But I am gonna focus a little more on being angry. I am going to continue to grieve, but I am going to let that grief morph into anger. And then I am going to turn the anger into action.

I won’t let my grief and my anger make me hate, and I won’t let it make me afraid. But I won’t be complacent anymore. Something’s gotta change y’all. I’m gonna let the change start with me. Wanna come along?

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Poor, mistreated straight white guy says ‘Orlando incident’ is a hoax

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 9:28pm

I m reprinting this letter exactly as it was written to me:

 

A Letter Regarding the Orlando Pulse Club Incident to the LGBT Community of the United States and Elsewhere

From a white, heterosexual, libertarian, 60 year old, highly aware and researched American male

For decades I have been aware of a lot of identity and cultural politics played out in this country. In my experience I have not witnessed much concern or community connection from the gay community regarding straight white men. It seems as if there has been a cultural divide—in which if anything we white men were somehow categorized as hostile camps (similar like all the camps within the rainbow coalitions especially have used the white male as the ‘other’ hostile group—and how many so-called liberal or progressive political groups equally have “we versus them” mentality regarding white men (especially goy or gentile white men) can too easily be suspected of fascism or hate racism or other presumably ‘fault-able’ or scapegoat characteristics.

And it is not a mere coincidence that 2nd Amendment advocates are often portrayed as white, redneck extremists, or right-wings extremists, or in today’s politics as Trump fascists, etc. as progressives and the Democratic party have both engaged in a psychology of recruiting minorities to their side by presenting themselves as the champions of the underdog minorities. For example, one of the reasons that progressives and Democrats are pro-immigration is because they are aware that 80% of immigrants vote for Democratic party—so they constantly spin any anti-immigrant hostility as a matter of skin color and religious alienation rather than economic issues like fewer jobs, less pay, more welfare load, etc.

Over the decades I have equally watched how the gay communities have gained tremendous courage and confidence in becoming politically activated—but too often for singular issues related to being gay—and far fewer issues to gender in general—almost as if straight, white men never suffered in manner in which gay men could identify. But for example if you study the politics of divorce in an honest manner you could understand that men are often given the short end of the deal.

Another example, is that gentile white men (in a culture actually dominated by Jewish professionals in media, politics, finance, Hollywood, law, etc.) are not allowed to organize and have any kind of “acceptable” (political correct) organization that is opposed to the country of the United States being dominated by Zionist foreign policy, Jewish domination of our media, movie industry, the Federal Reserve and banking industry, etc. Any such opposition is immediately branded anti-Semitic, racist, extremist, fascist, neo-Nazi, skin-head, or KKK.

And the reason I bring this up is because the so-called Orlando mass shootings at the Pulse night club, if you study the alternative media on the Internet, was a staged and faked event (as were several other recent mass gun killing events portrayed by the mainstream media and the FBI and Federal Government as real) were “false flag operations” intentionally created to increase fear in American citizens to motivate for more and more control and less and less freedom in the hands of U.S. citizens.

You may jump to the conclusion that I am some crazy conspiracy theorist. But imagine for a minute that I might be right. In fact do your own due diligent research (as you should). Google: “Orlando Pulse mass killing faked” or “Orlando Pulse mass killing false flag” or some such worded search and then click of ‘video’ versions of such explanations (but equally you can read opinions and alternative investigation journalism articles as well).

If you do you should see some very suspicious red flags of “limited” on the scene film footage. There were some camera crews and microphone interviews (for the most part not very comprehensive but enough to get a definite impression that the official mainstream media story does not jive with the eye witness discussion (too quite limited (in a club that supposedly had 200 to 300 people).

First off with that many people in a club you would expect many of them to be carrying around smartphones so as to see actual pictures and videos of bloodied bodies, dead bodies, and ambulances being filled up and a lot of distress video with sound?

But you do not. People trapped in an emergency situation for a long period of time are going to think of using actions to get results besides getting to the floor as fast as possible. Minimally several dozen would be calling 911?

But what do we get instead at the crime scene? We see some videos of the street action of many police cars, local, FBI, Sheriff, a Fire Department truck (but almost zero ambulances)? You see some footage (kind of blurry) of many police officers and what appears, perhaps, of some medics milling around what appears to be maybe six bodies lying on the ground. Although somewhat blurry you can make out green grass and the emergency service people (but no blood anywhere)? No blood on any of the supposed gays who were alive and supposedly helping the police, no blood on any of the emergency response people (not even their gloved hands)?

Meanwhile although there are scenes of flashing police car lights and some officers walking around with the types of weapons the anti-gun lobby is trying to take away form law abiding citizens, you see no ambulance, you see no body gurneys being moved to ambulance, no fast and frantic pace of responders bandaging up the wounded or moving either dead or wounded to ambulances in an expected way (and you don’t see ambulance taking off with sirens and lighting glaring for others to get out of the way as they rush to the hospital)?

After our country has been subject to several “false flag operations” (this term will be discussed in the essay attached below) it is normal for people who have a clue as to what is going on to almost automatically suspect the latest mass killing is another faked shooting meant to mobilize more and more naïve Americans against having any gun power.

Furthermore in some of the footage I’ve seen on the Internet (at the crime scene) we see what appears to be gay civilians carrying some bodies along the sidewalk (none of them have any blood on them or the people they are carrying don’t appear to show blood)? Why are not professional medics placing these supposedly wounded people in ambulances rather than non-professionals carrying a body down the street for what seems like a couple blocks?

If you really had a crime scene in which 50 people died from gunshot wounds and another 53 people wounded you would see a lot of blood—it would be everywhere. You would here no stop ambulance sirens and them moving in and out. And they would be filmed both on TV cameras and on cell phones. When you googled “Orlando Pulse mass shooting” and clicked on ‘images’ you would see photos take from inside and outside (and smartphone camera technology is very keen). And likely you could hear actual incidents as well.

Instead there are some interviews with not very many witnessed (or a worried mother of one gay son). When these so-called gay witnesses are talking about the event ‘none’ of them authentically sound like they just went through a harrowing ordeal of mass murder. None of them sound like they were traumatized. It is really bad acting. The whole scene smells of something very, very dishonest (even as the entire controlled mainstream media goes along with it (as it did with Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, 9/11, etc.) as too the Federal government via the FBI, Justice Department, White House, etc., too goes along with it (this great hoax being played on the American people for a political of getting more to fear Muslims and ISIS and justify our illegal involvement in Syria and to pass more gun restrictions because the people in power are afraid too many Americans are becoming too aware of how corrupt their government is (and has been) and the how corrupt the media equally has become. They are afraid of rebellion, civil war and civil unrest and that is why you need to read the essay attached to this letter about the gun politics going on in California.

You really need to get this—not only is there plenty of non-mainstream investigative reporting on how ISIS is being funded, supported, equipped, etc., with the help of the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc., with the real goal of taking out the Syrian leader but recently we have ample evidence Hillary Clinton was strongly involved, see: Clinton Email Shows US Sought Syria Regime Change for Israel’s Sake at: http://america-hijacked.com/2016/03/22/clinton-email-shows-us-sought-syria-regime-change-for-israels-sake/

And more sinister still is the coincidence that the security company the so-called attacker worked for, namely G4S is being protested for serious war crimes such as prison torture in Israel of Palestine? It is important that this comes to light, see:

Tell the Labour Party to end its shameful business with G4S – protest outside the party conference at the Brighton Centre Sunday at: http://www.brightonpalestinecampaign.org/event/tell-the-labour-party-to-end-its-shameful-business-with-g4s-protest-outside-the-party-conference-at-the-brighton-centre-sunday-27-sept-4-30pm

What you need to understand is how we are dealing with a criminal elite power structure of psychopaths. We should already know that we have been lied to on numerous occasions by our own government. We should know they treat the common people like an enemy. Do not underestimate to what level real conspiracies happen in this world—and how nasty they came be.

But now back to the Pulse scene of the crime. If you bother to check out reports on the Internet you likely will see one gay man, in a American flag shirt and yellow hat, was interviewed by several on the scene, who had been in the club at the time it went down, claims in his talks to media reporters, to have went to the floor, (he says “blood was everywhere…he did know if the blood we was up against was his or someone else’s as he crawled to get out of the club (and later he remembers he still had his drink in his hand but he had to use his bandana to blood a bullet hole in someone else) and on camera he has absolutely no blood on his clothing at all. Furthermore he talks at length with reports asking him questions and he talks as if he had not just gone through an anxious and harrowing experience—it just is not authentic.

This seems bullshit lies as another stage even and yet we have gay groups and supporters all over the country expressing outrage and group support as if they thing really happened!

The reason I think this event was staged is because if anti-gun advocates can get gays in America mobilized they will politically have another powerful, vocal, ally to help push through more gun laws.

But I ask you people to seriously consider what you have just read and even more importantly the essay attached as guns are a very, very, important political reality—regarding the power balance between the State and mere citizens. This attached essay argues that you need to understand this gun control debate in a much larger context then what you are being encouraged to judge in within.

Conspiracy theorists have a right and a reason to be very suspicious. There are big public relation programs trying to add more gun laws around the nation. We have strong evidence the Boston bombing did not happen the way we were told. I especially ask that you google “Sandy Hook Fake False Flag” and if you study videos that have been put out, as we have had time to re-assess the facts versus the fictions, you we learn that it was very much a hoax and yet it helped introduce numerous gun laws at the federal and state level including in Connecticut itself.

Equally we know as fact ISIS beheading videos were faked productions to incite fear in the American public to justify more U.S. involvement in Syria.

We know absolutely the Sandy Hook School shooting was a staged event. As well there are equally highly unusual circumstances with the San Bernardino shooting as well.

Zionist controlled CNN is already engaged in airing more propaganda messages for the need for more gun control (as well as a large array of new non-profits built to destroy the value of the 2nd Amendment.

No one focuses on how much violence the United States is responsible for around the world. We were lied to about Bashar Assad several times (such as his use of chemical warfare on Syrian rebel fighters (that we support)).

To the extent that this Orlando narrative is true we 2nd Amendment advocates all feel deep sadness. But it is too suspicious (again). People who know the real levels of deception of the last 150 years know the powers that be will engage in a lot of coercion and deceit to get their way!

If you truly care about gun control and you want to understand this debate you need to appreciate the political and historical context it is being played out in and read the below essay (and check out some of the references linked to).

Sincerely,

Remaining Anonymous for critical reasons

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Vigil for Orlando planned in Athens, Texas

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 3:46pm

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A vigil in memory of the victims of the June 12 shooting in Orlando is being organized in Athens, Texas. The event will be held Monday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Henderson County Courthouse, 100 E. Tyler St.

For information call 903-681-4486 or email Hollaway951@gmail.com.

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City of Dallas celebrates Pride; Cuban donates to DPD

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 2:53pm
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The DFW Sisters received an award for community service at Pride at City Hall

Mayor Mike Rawlings read a proclamation at noon today (Wednesday, June 15) declaring June to be LGBT Pride Month in Dallas. He also announced that Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has pledged $1 million toward Oak Lawn safety.

The proclamation recognizes the strides that have been made in the LGBT community, mentioning the Lawrence v. Texas decision that declared the Texas sodomy law unconstitutional in 2003, and the marriage equality ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015. But it also acknowledged that more work needs to be done in light of the June 12 Orlando massacre. Jalinzski Brown from United Black Ellument accepted the proclamation on behalf of the community.

“This was supposed to be an up celebration,” Rawlings said before describing how the Orlando massacre affected him personally, calling Orlando a neighbor and saying he wakes up in fear something similar could happen here.

“We’ve got to do better,” he said.

Rawlings announced that Cuban called him on Sunday and pledged $1 million that will be used toward overtime pay for police officers. That will pay for about 16,000 hours of overtime pay that DPD will devote to counter-terrorism efforts in Oak Lawn. He said Cuban asked him to relay the message that he’s proud to help.

Cuban didn’t attend the City Hall event because he is in Los Angeles filming Shark Tank.

The Pride at City Hall event was planned several months ago by the Mayor’s LGBT Task Force. Councilman Adam Medrano, who heads the task force, recognized a number of people for their contributions to the city.

Omar Narvaez, Sr. Cpl. Brittani Pilcik and Jesse Vallejo read the names of the Orlando massacre victims.

The Task Force awarded Special Recognition to Dallas Black Pride for its June Pride event that takes place this weekend. Kirk Myers of Abounding Prosperity accepted the award from Councilwoman Tiffanni Young.

The Ally Award went to the city council and mayor. All were in attendance to accept the recognition for voting 15-0 to clarify wording in city ordinances.

The Community Award went to the DFW Sisters. Medrano mentioned their work to distribute whistles throughout the community as a way of calling for help if attacked or in a dangerous situation. The group works diligently to raise money to distribute through the community whenever it’s needed.

The Leadership Award went to Take Back Oak Lawn. Burke Burnett and Michael Dominguez, two of the founders of the group, also created SOS, the survivors support group. John Anderson has been reporting street lights that are out. Alexandre’s owner Lee Daugherty has been at the forefront of boosting security at the bars. Daniel Cates organized the rally and march for Orlando this weekend and other rallies in support of attack survivors. Medrano called him the group’s loudmouth. Organizer Cannon Brown and Resource Center’s Rafael McDonnell were also recognized for their work with Take Back Oak Lawn.

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Threat in San Diego: What about Comic-Con?

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 1:52pm

Screen shot 2016-06-15 at 1.48.39 PMEarlier this morning, I came across a news report for San Diego Lesbian and Gay News about a posting on Craigslist threatening an Orlando-style attack on San Diego’s LGBT community. Once police were notified, they began an investigation, with the FBI lending a hand, and notified officials at Craigslist, who promptly deleted the threatening post.

The San Diego mayor and police chief reassured the city that police and city officials have seen no credible threat to the LGBT community there, but that security had already been strengthened in response to the Orlando shooting. I have absolutely no doubt they are taking the Craigslist threat seriously, and no doubt they are taking every step possible to make their city and its LGBT community as safe as possible.

But I also want to remind folks to keep in mind the safety of our nerd community, too. As my partner pointed out to me after I posted the blog about the Craigslist threat. Comic-Con International, the largest comic con in the world, takes place July 21-24 in San Diego, and the con will be brimming over with LGBT nerds and non-LGBT nerds who are staunch allies of the LGBT community.

Let’s make sure they’re safe, too.

Last year at Comic-Con, my partner told me, cosplayers re-enacted a gay wedding scene from a comic book (The X-Men #51 comic maybe? I don’t know). And a special effects artist from the web series Con Man surprised his boyfriend with a proposal on stage during a discussion of the series, earning wild applause and cheers from the capacity crowd.

My partner also reminded me that it was the nerd community that staged an uprising of sorts in 2013, boycotting a much-anticipated story arc in DC Comics Superman series after finding out that an anti-gay writer named Orson Scott Card had been asked to write it. DC eventually put Card’s Superman story on hold indefinitely. And that same year, an LGBT group called Geeks OUT! proposed a boycott of the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game calling Card’s view anti-gay, causing the movie studio Lionsgate to publicly distance itself from Card’s opinions.

As my partner explained to me, “Nerds said having someone who’s anti-gay write a comic book stood in direct opposition to what they believed. They celebrate diversity, and comics feature people that are shunned by society for being different, where mainstream America seeks to destroy them.”

She told me that nerds understand because the bigotry and bullying aimed at LGBT people mirrors what the nerds went through in their youth, being bullied and made fun of. Besides, she said, a lot of nerds are LGBT themselves.

So hey, San Diego, keep the Comic-Con safe for us. (Oh, and just so you know, I use the word “nerd” because that is the word that my spouse and both of our sons use to describe themselves and others like them.)

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UPDATE: Cuban donation confirmed

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 12:52pm
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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has released a statement confirming that Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban has, indeed, donated $1 million to the Dallas Police Department to help fund added security measures for the city’s LGBT community in the wake of the Sunday morning massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The money will be earmarked for an estimated 16,000 hours of Dallas police overtime to be utilized at Chief David Brown’s discretion for enhanced counterterrorism efforts, including additional police presence in the Oak Lawn area, the news release said.

 Mayor Rawlings was expected to comment on the donation during the Dallas Pride Month Spirit of Equality Awards Ceremony taking place now at Dallas City Hall. Dallas Voice senior staff writer David Taffet is at that ceremony now and will photos and more as soon as he gets back.

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Cuban donating to DPD for LGBT security

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 12:11pm
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I haven’t seen this confirmed yet, but I just got a message that NBC 5, on its noon newscast, is reporting that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has announced that he is donating $1 million to the Dallas Police Department to be used for measures to protect Dallas’ LGBT community, in the wake of the massacre Sunday morning, June 12 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

We’ll post more when we know more.

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San Diego LGBT community threatened on Craigslist

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 11:57am

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Police in San Diego are investigating a post on Craigslist threatening violence against the LGBT community there, according to SDLGN.com (San Diego Lesbian and Gay News).

The post, which included a photo of a revolver being fired, read:

“We need more Orlando’s (sic).

“Orlando was long overdue. Cleanse your community of the filth that gives decent gay men and women a bad name. Those people were walking diseases, bug chasers, and thank god for AIDS and 9-11 and now Orlando. San Diego you are next…”

 According to SDLGN, “A concerned Craigslist user saw an ad in the men-seeking-men sub-section of the site which depicted a firing handgun. The user became more distressed by the posting’s title, and the conflicting message that followed. … The concerned citizen followed the ‘see something, say something’ rule and sent the ad to 10 News San Diego, who sent a screen shot of the threatening message to law enforcement. Craigslist has since removed the post from their site.”

The San Diego mayor and police chief said on Monday, June 13, a day after the shooting in Orlando that killed 49 and injured more than 50, that they have found no credible threats against San Diego’s LGBT community but that they have increased security in the city, nonetheless. They also stressed that people should trust their instincts, and that if anyone sees or hears something that concerns them, they should contact police as soon as possible.

(The same goes here, folks. The same goes everywhere. If you see something that worries you, then let someone in authority know about it.)

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Sessions: Pulse wasn’t a gay nightclub

Posted on 15 Jun 2016 at 11:18am
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According to Rep. Pete Sessions, whose district includes parts of the Oak Lawn gayborhood, the Orlando nightclub Pulse where the massacre occurred on June 12 wasn’t a gay club.

In an interview with National Journal reporter Daniel Newhauser, Sessions said Pulse wasn’t a gay club, but a young person’s club. Most of the people killed were Latinos, not gay, according to the Oak Lawn representative whose district includes Lee Park, The Round-Up Saloon and Hunky’s. (S4, Sue Ellen’s and JR’s are within Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s District, but Sessions’ district crosses Cedar Springs Road to include Zephyr and Woody’s).

This is the same politician who, when asked several years ago about gay people in his district,  said there weren’t any.

Since he believes most of those killed in Orlando weren’t LGBT, can Sessions suddenly justify any sympathy for them? Of course not. They were Latino, apparently a step below gay on the Sessions scale.

For the record, Latinos and Latinas may be gay, lesbian, bi or transgender. (Did I really have to spell that out for a congressman?)

And also for the record, if we learn that any of the people killed at Pulse were straight, we’ll mourn for them exactly as we mourn for the others massacred on Sunday morning.

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