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Skinhead Ordered to Stand Trial for Anti-Gay 'Yes on 8' Hate Crime


An update from an incident that I posted about in late October.

Joseph Storm, the Torrance man who attacked a gay man with a "Yes on Prop 8" sign and was charged with a felony hate crime assault charge and a misdemeanor count of interfering with another's civil right, has been ordered to stand trial.

Storm2"The alleged victim said he was walking around 2 a.m. in the 2000 block of 230th Street when he passed a "Yes on Prop. 8" sign in someone's yard. The alleged attack was a little more than a week before the controversial Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, was passed by California voters. The openly gay man who was wearing a 'No on Prop. 8' button on his jacket, said he held his middle finger up to the sign. That's when he said Storm attacked him, first with the sign, then with his fists before choking him, he said during questioning by Deputy District Attorney Pat Carey. Storm asked him where he lived, called him a derogatory name for homosexuals and also used a racial slur for blacks - although the alleged victim is not black and said he did not know what Storm meant. The alleged victim said he started crawling away backwards when Storm came up to him again, spit in his face and said he was lucky this time. 'He said, 'If he ever sees my (expletive) ass on the street again, it's gonna be worse,'' the alleged victim testified. The alleged victim said he went to a neighbor's house because he didn't want Storm to know where he lived."

According to the victim, he had an incident with Storm, who was a "known bully at school," when he walked by the skinhead's house and Storm held up his middle finger.

Storm's attorney asked for the hate crime allegations to be dismissed, but the judge refused, saying, "Why? There's overwhelming evidence of that."

Watch a brief KTLA news report on the hearing, AFTER THE JUMP...

Judge orders Torrance man to stand trial for alleged hate crime, beating [daily breeze]

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  1. Storm's mother must be so proud. What a wonderful example of the Rabid Right's young guard.

    Posted by: Johnny | Dec 10, 2008 9:34:24 AM

  2. Asswipe!

    Posted by: Tup | Dec 10, 2008 9:48:15 AM

  3. i have a feeling i know where this guy is coming from. either his own homosexual feelings, which would be trite, or abuse at the hands of older stronger males at some point in his life. because try as he might to hide it, he is one pretty boy. and that does NOT come from perverse adulation of nasty creeps, but objective reality. someone has messed him up but good, imho.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 10, 2008 10:04:40 AM

  4. I'd hit it.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Dec 10, 2008 10:52:30 AM

  5. I'm having a hard time determining who t6he lowest common denominator is here. Storm or Jack and Jeffrob.

    Posted by: Marc C | Dec 10, 2008 11:10:29 AM

  6. Will Nic, Mike, and the rest of the anti-black racists who yesterday and on a semi-daily released/release racist invective finally get it through their thick bigoted heads that homophobia comes in all shapes, sizes, races, and ethnicities?

    He's a racist, homophobic skinhead. There are plenty of racist gay people who come to Towleroad. How many of them learned their racism sitting at the knee of their parents or from their friends?

    A few weeks ago, a bunch of nice white kids on Long Island murdered an Ecuadorian man:

    People hate for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is overreaction and generalization of abuse they may have suffered other times it is the result of learned bigotry from family, friends, and society.

    Posted by: noah | Dec 10, 2008 11:12:50 AM

  7. Even for a skinhead if he ends up in jail with the way prisons are segregated he is definitely on way to being some skinhead leaders Bitch!!! There is justice :-)after all even skinheads need sex in prison and it's always the newer younger ones who they pass around.

    Posted by: alex in boston | Dec 10, 2008 11:16:36 AM

  8. Even for a skinhead if he ends up in jail with the way prisons are segregated he is definitely on way to being some skinhead leaders Bitch!!! There is justice :-)after all even skinheads need sex in prison and it's always the newer younger ones who they pass around.

    Posted by: alex in boston | Dec 10, 2008 11:17:50 AM

  9. It's such a shame, if he got rid of the tattoos, shaved and wasn't a horrible, horrible human being he'd be pretty cute.

    Posted by: John M | Dec 10, 2008 11:35:15 AM

  10. Storm beats and spits on a gay man BECAUSE he's gay, however, Jack thinks the homophobe is "pretty" and Jeffrob wants to "hit it". The self hatred/internalized homophobia of some gay men is CREEPY.

    Posted by: elg | Dec 10, 2008 11:37:59 AM

  11. Rip him a new one , make him like it and come crawling back for more

    Posted by: michael | Dec 10, 2008 11:50:58 AM

  12. He probably wants to go to prison. It's a right of passage for young toughs these days.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 10, 2008 11:52:12 AM

  13. "self hatred/internalized homophobia"



    Posted by: JeffRob | Dec 10, 2008 12:27:31 PM

  14. The ironic justice of this is that this homophobic pretty boy in tough guy drag will definitely be part of some man on man action once he gets to jail.

    Posted by: E | Dec 10, 2008 1:13:25 PM

  15. Please, let me clarify. I meant "hit it" as in "in the face". As in "I would hit him in the face with my dick". lol

    Before you go throwing around "internalized homophobia", take a deep breath, learn how to take a joke, and go on fantasizing about taking part in the raunchiest man-on-man action you can imagine with this fuck. I'm picturing him hog-tied with my taint on his face. How is it not incredibly productive and therapeutic to think these things about our mortal enemies? Especially when they're all tattooed and babyfaced and completely yummy.

    Also realize that on Towleroad, you might be responding to comments from readers who've been activists and out to everyone they know for decades, and so a dumb joke about lickin' up on a skinhead may very well not denote "creepy self-hatred".
    Relax, champ.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Dec 10, 2008 1:16:20 PM

  16. Doesn't this look EXACTLY like a guy who has done phone shoots -- WITH HIS BROTHER - for like and others like it? The look - the tattoos - everything. There was no nudity - just clothed bondage. Does anyone else see the similarity?

    Posted by: Ricky | Dec 10, 2008 1:23:04 PM

  17. NOAH,

    ah,shaddup! fool!

    Posted by: nic | Dec 10, 2008 2:22:07 PM

  18. Good for him! At least someone isn't afraid to take a stand against the fruits!

    Posted by: Bob | May 3, 2009 10:22:06 AM

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