Beaten senseless, Windsor man adds his story to the archives of insane gay-bashings


I’m angry, I’m sad, angry, sad, angry, sad…

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The Windsor Star’s account includes a video of the young victim, who clearly understands the value of personal story-telling, holding a press conference to describe the beating he endured and some of the deeper meanings, however ironic.

I heard about this yesterday but only started to turn up the corner of the pages today – so familiar, so tiring, so traumatic it all is.

CBC.ca’s readers, if that’s not giving them too much credit, are weighing in with all sorts of rationalizations and side arguments, some of which question whether this was a gay-bashing worthy of hate crimes designation.  It strikes me that some of their arguments, with just a hint of fundamentaCon oh-well-dem’s-da-breaks, fly in the face of the tough-on-crime positions (however half-baked) they feed in to cbc.ca and other comment vacuums 24/7.

All I can say is “Bravo!” to Chris Rabideau for courageously, and probably still in shock, coming forward to lay bare the ugly side of society where intolerance towards people’s sexuality is still acceptable in many quarters.

Judy Shepard rejects Rep. Foxx’s apology


It would be easier for North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx to drive a school bus through a subway turnstile than to try and explain herself via an attempted apology.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, the mother of Mathew Shepard, Judy, said the Congresswoman was apologizing for semantics, not the sentiments expressed.

The bill ultimately approved by the House, after the debate in which Foxx’s remarks were made, would expand a federal hate crimes law to include acts motivated by sexual orientation. Mrs. Shepard was in the House gallery when Foxx spoke.

At this link you can find video of the Maddow-Shepard interview, a report NBC did last year on the tenth anniversary of Matthew’s murder, and who Keith Olbermann picked as the ‘worst’ on Wednesday’s Countdown broadcast.