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Hate Sheet: Pennsylvania, Houston, Northern Ireland, Scotland

Not a lot of fun writing this post up, but there was quite a bit of news on this topic today, so here it is:

road.jpg Police investigating potential hate crime in Bucks County, Pennsylvania: "State police in Dublin are looking for two men who assaulted 40-year-old Brett Saylor along Route 313 near the Dublin Star Diner at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday. Saylor, who was on his way to work, was treated at Doylestown Hospital. Saylor, who moved to the area four months ago from Louisville, Ky., said the two men called him abusive names indicating they knew about his sexuality. He said they did not take his money or valuables."

Broussardroad.jpg Killer of gay man in Houston is up for parole: "Paul Broussard, 27, was brutally beaten and stabbed to death while walking in Montrose in 1991 because he was gay. One of the attackers, Jon Buice, is serving a 45-year prison sentence for Broussard's murder. Buice is up for parole for the third time. 'They not only took Paul's life, they took his future,' said Nancy Rodriguez, Broussard's mother. 'I know in reality, he will not spend 45 years.' Rodriguez, from Georgia, plans to make her plea to the parole board. 'Regardless of who it was or who he was, nobody should have to die like that,' she said. 'This was a horrible, horrible thing. If you read the autopsy -- it took me years to read it -- and he actually carved my child up like you would a deer. He meant to kill him.'" Read a bit more of the backstory on this here.

road.jpg A group of gay tourists has been attacked in Bogside, Northern Ireland: "Members of Gay and Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland (GLYNI) and their Australian guests came under fire from the youths at Rossville Street on Saturday afternoon. The visitors were enjoying a tour of the Bogside when they were confronted by the gang who shouted homophobic abuse, threw bottles and stones, and toted the replica firearms. Details of the incident only emerged yesterday afternoon. David McCartney, of Derry-based gay, lesbian and transsexual support group, the Rainbow Project, said it was a "terrifying experience" for the tourists."

Kerrroad.jpg Two men have pleaded guilty to a lethal assault on a gay man in Perth, Scotland: "Mr Kerr, who worked as a civic officer for Perth and Kinross Council, died in Dundee's Ninewells Hospital hours after being repeatedly kicked in the head. Meehan, Soutar and the 15-year-old all admitted punching him on the face and knocking him to the ground. Meehan and Soutar admitted kicking him numerous times on the head, with Meehan admitting landing the blows which amounted to murder."

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  1. I thought Texas was supposed to be tough on crime. How the hell could the muderer of Mr. Broussard have been up for parole? Just a few years for such a brutal crime. Well , it happens all over the place, doesn't it?

    Posted by: Derrick from PHilly | Oct 16, 2007 4:11:06 PM

  2. Dublin is not really in the "safe" or gay friendly part of Bucks county, which is around New Hope/Solebury to the east.

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 16, 2007 4:25:31 PM

  3. OH My Goodness... I can't believe that made the news...

    I am a member of GLYNI (Gay and Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland) and was present at the attack. The boys were drunk and stupid. I'd hardly call myself terrified by the attack, but it was a shock. I'm glad no one was hurt. Though it was a close call, a bottle smashed between me and my friend on the ground.

    We just got out of there and called the police.

    It's so weird to see GLYNI featured on this blog!

    Sean xx

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 16, 2007 4:56:42 PM

  4. Thanks for the info. My partner and I have stayed at the Barley Sheaf Inn several times. It's in Bucks County. I guess we'll need to be very careful where we go while there.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Oct 16, 2007 6:00:56 PM

  5. We need to protect ourselves from these hate crimes. The only way we can is to know all the details that brought on the gay bashings.

    1. In the Dublin story, did Brett Saylor know these two boys who assaulted him? If not, how would they know his sexuality? Why were he and these two boys out at 4:45 in the morning?

    2. In the Houston story, how did Jon Buice know that Paul Brossaurd is gay?

    3. In the Northern Ireland story, how did the attackers know they were "gay tourists?" It said they were being shown around by two "well-known gay men," but why would the attackers know the tourists were gay as well?

    4. In the Scotland story, there are so many questions I have about what time were all these people in the park, was it a park known for cruising, how did the attackers know this guy was gay, etc.

    These stories are too vague and not properly reported.

    Posted by: Enquiring Minds | Oct 16, 2007 6:59:42 PM

  6. I lived in Houston at the time. As sad as it was, it united the gay community there like never before and ushered in a lot of changes.

    The murder was very gruesome. The man behind it does not deserve to be free so soon. I can only hope enough family/friends show up at the hearing to make sure he doesn't get out.

    Posted by: moby | Oct 16, 2007 7:26:16 PM

  7. The murder of James Kerr in Scotland is a harsh reminder that homicidal gaybashing rampages occur all too regularly and on a global scale. Most, like the killing of James Kerr, could be better described as lynchings by a gang of killers rather than individual murders.

    The tally of fatalities in these lynchings is exceeded only by deaths due to state murders of GLBT folk. In Iran bloodthirsty ayatollahs hang gay boys and men and stone and rock women. In Iraq US armed Shiite and Sunni death squads chase down and slaughter GLBT folk.

    Those regions of Africa infested by conservative islamists and christian cults leftover by colonialism have seen an upsurge of state murders and the possibility of a tragedy always exists there because governments want scapegoats to blame for worsening conditions. (This is precisely why Bush unleashed his southern baptist and catholic attack dogs on us for the last 7 years.)

    In English occupied northern Ireland Ian Paisley‘s Democratic Unionist Party and Free Presbyterian Church are pro-colonialist christian theocratic groups with deep roots in fascist politics. They spearhead anti Irish and antigay politics, beatings and murders. Their slogan is “"Save Ulster From Sodomy”.

    Sinn Féin, the socialist leaning Irish independence party is leading the fight to end the DUP attacks in occupied Ireland. Last night some of their supporters got out of hand and spray painted a Paisleyite church with pro gay and pro Irish independence slogans. If it wasn’t a staged attack then we have to say that while their hearts are in the right place its better not to give the enemy an excuse to claim that we’re undemocratic when the opposite is true.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED | Oct 16, 2007 7:39:25 PM

  8. I wonder what happen if there where "straight" bashings?

    Posted by: Wheezy | Oct 17, 2007 12:09:21 AM

  9. Killer in 1991 slaying denied parole

    By DALE LEZON Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

    One of 10 men convicted in the beating and stabbing death of a man outside a Montrose area nightclub in 1991 has been denied parole, the parole board announced today.

    Jon Buice, 33, will be eligible for parole again in two years.

    Buice has served about one-third of a 45-year sentence after pleading guilty to murder in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, 27.

    "We're thankful the parole board saw fit to deny parole to someone who has not served half of his sentence," said Andy Kahan, director of the mayor's Crime Victims Office who has worked with Broussard's mother, Nancy Rodriguez, to keep Buice in prison. "We'll be back in 2009 to continue the battle."

    Kahan said Rodriguez would endorse Buice's release after he has served at least 27 years in prison, one year for every year of Broussard's life.

    The vicious attack on Broussard shocked the gay community. Yet a noted gay activist, Ray Hill, said Buice deserves to be released.

    Hill said he has grown to know Buice during the past 14 years of writing letters and visiting him in prison.

    Host of the long-running Prison Show on KPFT-FM (90.1), Hill has said he will teach Buice radio work and plans to turn over the radio show to him when he leaves prison.

    Most of the others convicted in the attack have been released on parole or were sentenced to probation.

    Posted by: chris | Nov 7, 2007 7:37:20 PM

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