Hate crime victims find home, hope from LGBT community’s support

Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers

The Clarendon gay couple who found a death threat on their front porch Oct. 1 have now found a home with the help of the LGBT community.

Jeremy Jeffers and Joshua Harrison told Dallas Voice two weeks ago they planned to move to Amarillo, which is 60 miles north of Clarendon, as soon as they could get their finances in order.

The couple was struggling financially because they had lost their jobs and were facing discrimination from locals who had heard their story.

Harrison said that over the last few weeks, the LGBT blog Owldolatrous Press set up donations to help the couple move, raising about $2,700 from donors around the country.

He said Whitney Kelly, Equality Texas Foundation board chairman from Amarillo, has helped the couple find a home where they could keep their two dogs and two cats. Kelly gave them the check today. The couple will be moving Sunday.

“The gay community really came together and helped us out,” Harrison said. “I’m really grateful they helped us.”

Harrison’s partner Jeremy Jeffers was offered a job in Amarillo Friday and starts work next week, so Harrison said things have begun to look up for them.

“Things have been getting better,” he said. “People have really gone the extra mile to help us and we really appreciate it.”

Harrison said he and Jeffers hope to stay in Amarillo if the community is safe and accepting during the next year as they adjust to their new home.

—  Dallasvoice