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Anti-Gay Fliers Found In Northern Kentucky City

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Covington, Kentucky has seen a sudden increase in anti-gay crimes over the last couple of months. Members of the gay community have been called gay slurs and, even worse, beaten and stabbed.

Three days days ago, residents found anti-gay fliers plastered all over the MainStrasse neighborhood, home to many in the gays and lesbians. The fliers were loaded with hateful language calling gay people a "parade of perverts" and claiming they suffer from a "mental disorder."

A hateful white supremacy group called National Alliance was listed as a contact on the fliers but the organization has denied any involvement. Still a local rep named Robert Ransdel did say he does share the same beliefs.

Said Ransdel: "I think as a whole, as a society, people are getting very kind of exasperated by the continued pushing of this unnatural behavior. Unfortunately, there's some among us who can't channel that toward constructive efforts and unfortunately do lash out."

But how do you go about ridding the city of it's homophobia when even members of the police force are anti-gay? According to Cincinnatti.com, some residents have also accused the police of unfairly harassing members of the gay community.

Covington police Lieutenant had this to say about the fliers: "The remarks in here are disparaging to say the least, insulting, and that's why we're taking this so seriously.

Further proof that anti-gay sentiments are a big problem in the city: Click here to watch as drivers shout anti-gay slurs at a gay man being interviewed by a local news station.

Zero Tolerance For Hate Crimes in Covington, which was created in response to the attacks, will hold an event tonight to call attention to the crimes.

Watch a news report from the local Covington ABC affiliate, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Just one of many reasons Kentucky is a state people move from, not to.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 28, 2010 2:46:59 PM


  2. When Mark Twain quipped about moving to Cincinnati at the end of the world so you'd have an extra 10 years (because it's so far behind), he wasn't joking. I'm a native Kentuckian who's lived in the Cincy area (in Covington) for the last 3 years and it truly is one of the most backwards places I've ever seen. This is one of the most segregated - racially, economically, and socially - areas I've ever seen. That said, I was still shocked at the recent spate of anti-gay events in Covington - especially in Mainstrausse. It's something I would have expected across the river in Cincinnati proper, but not here.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 28, 2010 10:02:24 PM


  3. Two potential corrections:

    "home to many in the gays and lesbians." shouldn't it be "home to many gays and lesbians."

    and the cincinnati.com link has an extra 't'.

    Posted by: Dennis | Aug 29, 2010 3:25:34 AM


  4. Good call Dennis, people are not as educated as you would think.

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Aug 29, 2010 8:16:13 AM


  5. Perhaps the gays and lesbians should take their disposable income and go to a more welcoming place. That would allow the Covingtonians to stay the way they are - marrying their sisters and attacking those who are different.

    Posted by: mad1026 | Aug 29, 2010 1:12:15 PM


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