San Diego, Where Being Called ‘Faggot’ During a Gay Bashing Doesn’t Make It a Hate Crime

Jacob Harshbarger, the San Diego man called a "fucking faggot" during a Halloween gay bashing he suffered while walking his dogs, might see his assailants meet some justice: 23-year-olds Michael Brandon and Christopher Blount have been charged with felony battery counts. Police initially called the attack a matter of "being in the wrong place at the wrong time," and not a hate crime. It appears they're sticking to it: prosecutors aren't levying any hate crime element to the charges.

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Some Twerp Called Justin Bieber A ‘Faggot’ At Laser Tag, And Got Shoved For It

There is an "active investigation" into a fight between Justin Bieber (and his bodyguards) and a 12-year-old boy at a laser tag facility in a Vancouver suburb. The 16-year-old singer is allegedly the perp, inflicting minor injuries on the other boy, though Planet Lazer Tag is spinning it in The Bieb's favor, saying he "did what any other person would do during a laser tag game, and was just trying to get away from getting shot at and accidentally hit the kid while running away. The kid’s sister said he started crying because he was hit hard, but when we saw the boy there was no marks or anything. Justin stuck around after in the lobby explaining what happened, when the kids parents decided to call the police." But now comes word the younger boy called Justin a "faggot," and that's what started the spat. I can imagine Justin is tired of being called a lesbian, let alone a ghey. [photo: ZackTaylor.ca]


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Ann Coulter, the right-wing Judy Garland? Oh puleeze!

Pundit turned stand-up for GOProud’s Homocon, and the jokes were all on the gays

Hardy Haberman | Flagging Left

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Ann Coulter

Last weekend, the queen of the Neocons met the queens of the Homocon in a surreal event in New York City.

The group GOProud invited Ann Coulter to speak to them. This is the same Ann Coulter who called John Edwards a “faggot.” The same Ann Coulter who claims she has “never failed to talk a gay out of gay marriage.”

The same Ann Coulter who the event organizers called “the right-wing Judy Garland.”

From reports by those in attendance, Coulter delivered less of a speech and more of a stand-up routine. I have no problem with comedians, but her show consisted of gays being the punch line of every joke, if you rule out the jokes directed at black people.

Imagine standing in a group of LGBT people listening to and laughing at a straight woman tossing off one liners like, “Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black!”

I am waiting for the laugh, and I expect I will continue waiting for a while.

Coulter continued her routine with remarks about why gays and abortion foes should band together, “as soon as they find the gay gene, you know who’s getting aborted!”

I am again left astounded at the strangeness of these self-proclaimed conservative gays who apparently feel chumming around with Ann was worth weathering the insults she spewed.

These folk, and there were only about 150 of them, claim they focus on “federal issues” rather than “state issues like marriage.”

I keep hearing echoes of 1950s white Southerner’s talking about “states rights” when they really meant retaining Jim Crow laws.

What these alleged gay conservatives miss is that to the GOP we are just a punch line.

LGBT Americans are not a group of citizens struggling against discrimination, they are just funny fags who can be so amusing and do a fabulous job decorating and styling hair.

To tell a group of LGBT people that civil rights are the sole property of racial minorities is outrageous, but for that same group to actually stand and pay some blonde bimbo to say it while clinking champagne glasses and making chitchat is appalling.

I fully realize that there will be lots of apologists for this strange event. They will say that I misunderstood the intention of the event; it was “to start a dialogue”… etc.

But a dialogue has to have some kind of give and take. It is not just someone talking and another person waiting to talk.

Perhaps there is some common ground for Coulter and her adoring Homocons in the fiscal responsibility I hear touted by the Republicans. But isn’t it funny that she decided to go for gay jokes instead of substance?

There will also be those who defend the Homocons by pointing to the Democratic Party and saying, “Hey, what have you done for LGBT people?”

To them I would say this, “Not enough!”

Still, at least with the Democratic Party, we are part of a real conversation, and we are not thought of as punch lines. We are not limited to the sidelines and asked to passively stand by while we are insulted and demeaned.

And as to the reference to Judy Garland? Well, for those old enough to remember Miss Garland, whose performances I adored, she was a tortured and sad woman who struggled with drug dependency and emotional ups and downs wilder than any rollercoaster. I suspect a lot of gay men admired her ability to persevere in spite of her problems and let her talent soar.

She was both brilliant and sad but she was bursting with enough talent to transcend the struggle and whisk audiences away over her own personal rainbow.

Ann Coulter, on the other hand, may have charmed the self-loathing Homocons with her snappy quips and tasteless attempts at humor, but for me she would be much better cast as the Wicked Witch of the East.

Now, would someone please drop a house on her?

Hardy Haberman is a longtime local LGBT activist and a member of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas. His blog is at http://dungeondiary.blogspot.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 01, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Commenter: ‘The only thing a disgusting faggot has a right to is a six foot hole in the ground’

We’re really starting to like this game, and we’re hoping a few of our tech-savvy readers will play along.

Joe Jervis at Joe.My.God. has confirmed, using an Internet Protocol (IP) address, that a comment left on his blog under a post about Tuesday’s DADT vote saying, “All Faggots Must Die,” originated in the office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia. And now Chambliss’ office is conducting its own internal investigation to determine the person responsible for the comment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“We have seen the allegations and are moving quickly to understand the facts. This office has not and will not tolerate any activity of the sort alleged,” Chambliss spokeswoman Bronwyn Lance Chester said. “Once we have ascertained whether these claims are true, we will take the appropriate steps.”

Which brings us to a comment that was left here on Instant Tea on Tuesday, below a post about Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions receiving awards from the Log Cabin Republicans. The comment posted by someone calling himself “BillyBob” said: “the only thing a disgusting faggot has a right to is a six foot hole in the ground.”

We’re no experts, but using Google alone we’ve managed to trace the source of the comment to the area of Brady, Texas. So what we’re wondering is, can any of our readers figure out who posted it? If so, shoot us an e-mail. We’d like to know.

Here’s the full IP address: 71.116.4.78

—  John Wright

Todd, camp

Kids say the most appalling things (adults too) in Solondz’s wicked ‘Wartime’

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor jones@dallasvoice.com


4.5 out of 5 stars

LIFE DURING WARTIME
Allison Janney, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, Ciaran Hinds. Rated R. 100 mins. Now playing at the Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station.

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The creepy wonderfulness that is Todd Solondz’s aesthetic is how ordinary things are made weird and disturbing things normal. So, when a little boy answers a phone with “Hello, who is this?” sounding more suspicious than curious, you have to weigh it against a prickly spinster cooing to her boyfriend … who happens to be an admitted sex pervert.

So opens Life During Wartime, Solondz’s peculiar sequel to his masterpiece Happiness, undeniably the best film of 1998. No one finds the horror and comedy of middle class dislocation with more sting than he does. Not even David Lynch. There, I said it.

Wartime — which, along with Winter’s Bone, is one of the two best American films released this year — follows the same characters, all played by different actors, as Happiness. At the center are three sisters: wispy Joy (Shirley Henderson); artsy Helen (Ally Sheedy) and Trish (Allison Janney), whose pedophile husband Bill (Ciaran Hinds) has just been released from prison.

THE PURSUIT OF ‘HAPPINESS’ | Allison Janney, top, and Paul Reubens, right, appear with a crackerjack ensemble in this disturbing sequel.

Solondz, armed with a crackerjack ensemble, is brilliant at portraying cruelty with appalling ease. A woman asks a man at a bar, “You’re not a faggot, are you?” without a hint of discomfort. (A small boy also tells his mom he hopes he doesn’t grow up to be a faggot; she promises him he won’t.)
This is not feel-good entertainment.

But it is great entertainment, and funny as hell — though wickedly so.

There’s a bare minimum of plot: While an unseen war rages, the characters are lost in their own problems. Trish meets a new man; Joy struggles to find a man she can love while haunted by the memory of a past lover (Paul Reubens, who’s just terrific in a few scenes).

As with Solondz’s breakout cult classic Welcome to the Dollhouse, Life During Wartime (which originally had the more appropriate title Forgiveness) is equally deft at awkward silences and overstuffed dialogue about matters both inconsequential and horrific. There’s a confrontation between Bill and the son he abused, immediately following another son wondering how deep forgiveness goes. Then Joy will leave a forgiving voicemail for a man who just killed himself because of her disapproval.

The visual style mirrors the aural: A hodgepodge of stark, static images, languorous tracking shots and disorienting jump-cuts.

It veers dangerously close to camp, but never goes, full-throated, for gimmickry. Irony has never been cleverer, or more unsettling.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Baseball Manager To Gay Ump: ‘I Ought To Kick Your Ass, You Faggot’

We all know that managers of professional sports teams can get a little worked up over certain calls made by umpires. It looks like Brent Bowers, the manager of the Golden Baseball League team, the Edmonton Capitals, may have crossed the line. Bowers was ejected from a game wherein his team was playing after he confronted openly gay empire, Billy Van Raaphorst and dropped the f-word.

Bb The Edmonton Journal fills us in on what Bowers is alleged to have said to Raaphorst when he lost his temper:

Raaphorst's official report of Bowers ejection cited Bowers saying: "You know what I heard? I heard you are a (expletive) faggot. The rumour from several managers and people at the league is that you are a fag. The report adds that Bowers hollered: "I ought to kick your ass, you faggot."

Some are even calling this a hate crime.

Initially, there was some confusion as to whether or not Bowers was fired or had resigned.  The team's president, Patrick LaForge clears things up:

"Brent's activities, in our terms, went beyond what's acceptable. We support the Golden Baseball League in their decision to suspend him for the balance of the season, and we further support Brent's decision to resign."

"We did not ask for him to resign. He has chosen to resign and get on with his life."

Asked why the club didn't summarily terminate Bowers, LaForge said: "I think he got it (resignation) out of his mouth before we could say it. We were going through the process of reviewing the league's decision on the suspension and its implications on us as an organization. I was with Brent at the time and he took it upon himself to resign."

Bowers, who has admitted to directing the hateful words to Raaphorst, is also required to pay a ,000 fine.


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Calling Gay Umpire ‘F’ing Faggot’ Won’t Get Him to Side With Edmonton Capitals’ Manager Brent Bowers

The Edmonton Capitals, an Alberta pro baseball team not in MLB, might have a new controversy on its hands following 2006's infamous dust-up: Manager Brent Bowers went on an on-field tirade against a gay umpire. And yep, in between threats of violence, the F-word was used.

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Letters • 07.09.10

Label Schlein ‘Guest humorist’

The next time you publish a column by Dallas’ own Log Cabin Republican it should read Rob Schlein/Guest Humorist.

I laughed out loud when he said he found the term “Tea Bagger” as offensive as the term “Faggot.” Surely this man cannot be serious, and if he is, all the more reason to pull the Democratic lever this November!

Michael Hallock
Dallas


Even a dog knows abuse

I usually let things I read in the paper go by without a comment, but this is one I just couldn’t let go.

I think denial is a river in Egypt. How many times does the person you feel you have the most in common with, and love dearly have to hit you up side the head and say that you are disgusting before you realize that you are in a bad relationship?

Do you continue in the relationship with the idea that if I stay in this relationship, I’m going to change this individual, because I love them, only to get hit again? Even a dog will eventually come to see when it has been abused: And dogs are loyal to a fault.

It seems to my weak imagination that the Log Cabin Republicans are in this type relationship with the Texas Republican party, especially. How many ways and how many times does this party have to show them you are not welcome before they realize that changing it from the inside is impossible?

It is like going as a guest of someone invited to a party and the host, emphatically telling saying, “You are not welcome here.” Would you stick around because you thought it would hurt the feelings of the person who invited you if you left?

How many ways does the Texas Republican party have to say that gay people are not wanted? Because I believe in the principles of smaller government, low taxes etc. etc. should not make me the target of abuse.

I am not fool enough to associate with people who don’t want me. At every step of the way, the Texas Republican Party has shown great contempt for gays, for blacks, for Latinos, and anybody that is not rich.

Joe Bennett
Dallas


Thanks from YFT Collin County

Thank you to [the Voice] and our wonderful community. We now have a VERY discounted storage space and the donated use of a truck to move our stuff.

Now we just need a permanent home. Wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase something in Collin County?

We have lots of handywomen (& men) who could turn it into something the whole community could use in addition to the Youth, i.e., coffee nights, movies, fundraisers, meetings, etc.

Jeanne Rubin
Frisco
Youth First Texas Collin County

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 9, 2010.

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