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Threats Against Rural Gay Tennessee Man Continue

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This time it's a death threat. The ACLU and the Hate Crimes Task Force with the Tennessee Equality project have stepped in to help investigate the continued anti-gay harassment of Neal Anthony.

NealaAnthony, who lives in McMinnville, was targeted in April by vandals who sprayed anti-gay messages on the side of his home and peppered it with paintballs, breaking windows.

"Fags deserve to die" and "all gays go to hell" were two of the messages written on the sides of his home, an historic residence built by his great-grandfather who was a county judge.

A group of teens were later charged in the paintball vandalism but the harassment has continued. In late May, Anthony's windows were broken by rocks and threatening messages were sprayed on the inside of his barn.

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In this latest attack, vandals sprayed the words "Die Neal" on the outside of his house. They were discovered by his partner Mike, according to Tennessee paper Out & About, who published the above image.

Out & About is the paper recently targeted by Kroger Grocery stores and removed from store shelves.

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  1. These are the sorts of battles that need to be fought first and foremost, I for one don't have any need to know who is in the closet or not, or defending some millionaire actor or singer, or who is good looking in speedos this week. Real gay people are the ones whose lives are threaten by this rapidly growing homophobia, not the rich and famous and more time and effort needs to be put forward to stop it.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 14, 2007 10:10:14 AM


  2. I just wish these sad little bitches would learn how to spell "faggot". I've seen so many variations on the spelling over the course of my life. It does demonstrate the general literacy of your average bigot.

    Posted by: Rey | Jun 14, 2007 10:18:54 AM


  3. Unfortunately, as we move closer to eventual equal rights, the homophobes are going to get more and more vocal and violent as their desperation to keep us down grows. They can't stop progress but they won't go quietly either.

    As for the battles we fight, we can't always choose our where to aim our resources. Outside factors often determine the battles and, in those instances, we have to react and fight....like with marriage equality.

    Personally, I would've preferred if we could muster all of our resources to destroy DADT instead. As it stands, the largest employer in the US is allowed to virtually hunt us down and force us out of our livelyhoods.

    Posted by: dcguy | Jun 14, 2007 10:50:04 AM


  4. Webcams and cheap surveillance lighting on motion detectors would help solve this case.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Jun 14, 2007 11:02:58 AM


  5. *waits of Julianna*

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 14, 2007 11:18:28 AM


  6. "Die Neal" undoubtedly expresses a certain sentiment, but it is hardly a death threat. Not that this isn't terrible.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 14, 2007 11:59:40 AM


  7. Someone needs a fence. A very tall fence armed with enough electricity to electrocute anyone who tries to climb over it.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 14, 2007 1:38:22 PM


  8. I guess I'm a cynic.....but this is starting to take on the aura of self promotion. The original vandals were arrested, but this stuff continued....after national exposure....in fact, this has almost been a weekly event, almost like it was schedualed.....if this was a murder, say of a wife or husband, this is the point where the police start looking hard at the living spouse as a suspect.....I hope I'm so wrong, but this is looking like a **we want publicity** thing. It would be to easy and cheap to take measures to stop this from happening, but these guys don't do it. Plus, they always seem to be home when it happens and no one ever makes verbal taunts at them in town or anywhere else. My suspicion bells are ringing.

    Posted by: Joshua | Jun 14, 2007 2:07:43 PM


  9. Eh, he drinks Dr Pepper. He had it coming.

    Posted by: Perceive | Jun 14, 2007 4:21:02 PM


  10. this story has had some stink on it from the very beginning. paintball attack : okay could happen to anybody, but this constant stream of preventable scrawlings that started with the odd use of 'gay' as the epithet to what is now a weekly event smacks of self-inflicted victimhood. sad to say, but it wouldn't be the first time.
    if i'm wrong and they are truly being harrassed, then i echo others here who have suggested some lighting, cameras, locks, fences, etc.. and maybe a shotgun.

    Posted by: el polacko | Jun 14, 2007 5:20:48 PM


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