A video posted to the website World Star Hip-Hop and YouTube (subsequently taken down there for violating terms of service) shows a brutal gang attack on a man outside a grocery store in Atlanta, Georgia. In the clip, the man is beaten while another laughs and repeats, “No faggots in Jack City.”
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The business, located at 1029 McDaniel Street SW, is a popular congregating spot for members of the Pittsburgh Jack City Gang (or “PBJC”). The group has also used the name “Jack City 1029.”
After being provided a link to the video, an Atlanta police spokesperson told TSG that the clip had been forwarded to the department’s gang division as well as the unit that investigates crimes against the LGBT community. Officer Kim Jones added that she was researching whether a police report was generated at the time of the attack.
At the end of the clip, a man picks up the victim's cell phone and punches him in the head. TSG adds: "While the beating video does not indicate when it was shot, Worldstar’s trademark clips of street mayhem (like this) are usually uploaded shortly after they were recorded."
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced on its website that it will be ruling tomorrow regarding the constitutionality question in the Prop 8 case. This is the main appeal, folks!
Drag queens Sherry Vine and Pandora Boxx send up Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with a West Side Story-style rumble.
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CNN contributor Roland Martin has released a statement on his blog following outrage over several of his tweets during the Super Bowl, one in which he advocated violence against 'dudes' who like David Beckham's underwear ad, and another in which he mocked a photo the network ran of a New England patriot in a pink suit.
If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl
Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass
Now, Martin has responded in a blog post:
Fam, let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday.
I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise.
It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it’s another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more.
GLAAD is not having Martin's excuse, noting that Martin has a history of anti-gay statements. Martin has compared being gay to being an alcoholic, has bragged about his wife leading men and women away from the homosexual 'lifestyle; and defended Tracy Morgan's stand-up joke about killing his gay son.
Sharon Lettman, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization, released a statement with regard to Martin's tweet:
“Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth. Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.”
GLAAD has called on CNN to fire Martin.
Draconian Bill Outlawing LGBT Activities and Gay 'Propaganda' is Back on the Table in St. Petersburg, Russia
According to a press release from Russian LGBT group Side by Side, the heinous anti-gay "propaganda" law under consideration in St. Petersburg, Russia last November is back on the table this week. The bill would ban all public LGBT events and outlaw any outreach on the internet or to the media by LGBT groups.
The anti-gay draft law, prohibiting the so-called propaganda of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism" as well as pedophilia to minors, is back on the table in St. Petersburg's city parliament this Wednesday, February 8, for the second, and possibly final, hearing.
The draft law was introduced in November 2011 by Russia's ruling party United Russia and was met with rigorous protests by LGBT activists across the country. Tens of thousands of signatures against the bill were collected in Russia and abroad, street protests and public discussions organized. Blatantly ignoring the Russian Federal law, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention for Human Rights, the Council of Europe Recommendations and other decrees, the bill was condemned by numerous international human rights organizations as a thinly-veiled attempt to legalize discrimination against LGBT people. A resolution condemning "proposals to criminalize public information about sexual orientation and gender identity" was issued by the European Parliament in December.
As a result of the rigorous campaign, the second hearing of the proposed law was postponed in December 2011, but is now back on the table in St. Petersburg, the heart of LGBT rights movement and home of several strong LGBT organizations, including LGBT organization Coming Out (Vykhod), the Russian LGBT Network, and Side by Side LGBT film festival.
If passed, the measure will rule out nearly all public events carried out by or on behalf of LGBT people and organizations and their reaching out to the media and the Internet, severely curtailing the publication of anything relating to LGBT rights or providing assistance or advice.
Moscow is considering a similar bill, and the ruling party's representatives are suggesting that a federal bill be drawn up covering the same issues.
Activists were arrested in Moscow's Red Square in January while protesting the proposed law.
Side by Side produced a video about the bill late last year.
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You can sign a petition protesting it HERE.
Missouri Student Requests Protest from Westboro Baptist to Save School from 'Strutting Homosexuals': VIDEO
The Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest at a St. Louis-area high school today after a student there pleaded for the church to come:
On Westboro Baptist Church's website, an announcement indicates the visit comes at the request of a Fort Zumwalt East student.
"His email was to the effect of 'We've got proud homosexuals strutting up and down the halls of this school. You've got to come,'" said Margie Phelps, an attorney for Westboro Baptist Church, and daughter to the pastor.
Phelps says 35 members of Westboro protested Sunday at the Super Bowl and are now on their way to the St. Louis area, where they'll visit Fort Zumwalt East, followed by Clayton High School on Monday. "We're going to stop by two high schools in the area to tell those young people to tell those young people who have been lied by every adult they've encounter, that it's not okay to be gay, never has been, and never will be," said Phelps.
The Superintendent says the school has no Gay-Straight Alliance: "We have diversity in our school like everyone has."
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UPDATE: Students and strutting homosexual allies shut down the WBC at nearby Clayton High School this morning.