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Gay Oklahoma City Man Escapes with Life After Vandals Target His Car with Firebomb, Slurs: VIDEO

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A gay Oklahoma City man is recovering from first and second degree burns after discovering two people vandalizing his car over the weekend who proceeded to throw a firebomb, News9 reports:

As Ferguson approached them, one of the suspects threw something in his Camaro that caused an explosion and fire. Ferguson rushed inside his home and called 911. He also jumped in the shower and attempted to peel parts of his melted shirt off body. One of his roommates took a photo of the burning car while waiting for fire and police crews to arrive.

Ferguson was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance with first and second degree burns to his face, arms and torso. He was treated and released. On Sunday, the 25 year old returned home for the first time since the fire. He's frustrated because he has no idea who did this; but to make matters worse, the vandals spray painted a three-letter homophobic slur on his car.

Police are treating the incident as an act of arson: "Chief Jones said if it is a hate crime, the Oklahoma City Fire and Police Departments would continue to conduct the investigation."

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  1. If it a hate crime? So the word 'fag' is just some term of endearment? Unfortunately in small town, albeit if this is one, the police already know who did it and probably knew it was going to happen.

    btw, not to be a total fag myself, but the guy is super, super cute.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 25, 2012 2:49:59 PM


  2. Oklahoma City is a *very* christian town. I'd say this is another one they can chalk up for themselves.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jul 25, 2012 2:56:58 PM


  3. it's also clearly attempted murder.

    you have to love how things like this get ignored by america's conservatives who continue to insist that the anti-gay bigots are the "real victims"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 25, 2012 2:59:55 PM


  4. Vandals? Try domestic terrorism

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jul 25, 2012 3:00:39 PM


  5. If he saw them and confronted them, how could he not know who did it?

    I just keep in the back of my mind a Phoenix jerk who was gay and vandalized his own car with pink spray paint in clear view of hidden apartment cameras. He wanted a new car.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 25, 2012 3:06:15 PM


  6. IF it was a hate crime! Christ almighty!
    Remind me to NEVER step foot in Oklahoma City.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jul 25, 2012 3:07:34 PM


  7. Huh??? Hell yes it's a hate crime!! Is it time for CHANGE.org to place some attention on the bigots in the police department??

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 25, 2012 3:08:01 PM


  8. @Markus, you mean that cowardly little wimp from GOProud who was like "i keep being hate-crimed, by black liberal gays!"

    yeah. i agree. gay republicans are the kings of lying and making false claims of victimhood.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 25, 2012 3:12:35 PM


  9. tired of how national new picks and chooses between what stories to tell. more people need to be informed of incidences like this as well as the big news stories like the theater shooting.

    Posted by: PJ | Jul 25, 2012 3:18:00 PM


  10. "Chief" Jones sounds like an incompetent idiot. They spray painted FAG on his car after attempting to murder him BECAUSE he is gay. No surprise I've never visited and never will since it's obvious they have no respect for their GLBT residents/taxpayers.
    Pathetic response to targeted violence.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 25, 2012 3:23:47 PM


  11. We are seeing a growing visibility of the republican shock troops with ever more brazen attacks. These are the unofficial brownshirts who are encouraged by the vitriolic republican press to act out their hatred and frustration. I would encourage gay people in hotzones like Oklahoma to consider a safe haven when the time comes.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 25, 2012 3:28:40 PM


  12. Markus he may have seen them and tried to stop them but may not "know" them. I'm sure they didn't give their name and address

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Jul 25, 2012 3:32:02 PM


  13. OK, so in the past couple of weeks we have seen:

    A lesbian couple shot, with one killed, in rural Texas.

    A 16 year old teen stabbed three times in DC.

    A gay couple attacked just last weekend in DC after getting out of a cab.

    A Nebraska lesbian woman's house invaded, burned, with the woman sliced with gay slurs on her body and stripped naked and hogtied.

    A 14 year old teen punched in the face by bullies in urban NYC, causing the loss of vision in his right eye.

    Two Indianapolis gay bars damaged, with one burned down and the other shot at.

    A Mississippi gay couple harassed, with their car windows broken and slurs written in the front of their driveway.


    It is time to start hitting the panic button. These attacks are become more brazen, more aggressive, significantly more intense. No surprise, that the areas where these hate crimes are occurring are places where LGBT people and ideas are generally looked down upon. Those of us who live in accepting places need to be thankful to live in cities where we are not having to constantly look over our shoulders and can live as openly gay and not be a walking target. We're seeing the reality that even with an overall progress towards equality, that the hatred against us is as stern as ever. And as we continue to gain visibility, the hateful rhetoric and actions will likely continue to escalate.

    These aren't simply hate crimes. This is terrorism against the gay community in America. We can't just keep taking it on the chin like this.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 25, 2012 3:44:23 PM


  14. This is clearly push-back. We're making strides and homophobes can't handle it.

    Eventually, this is going to reach a boiling point and you're going to see gay people start to fight back.

    Posted by: johnny | Jul 25, 2012 4:07:59 PM


  15. Where was Sally Kern on the night of the incident in question?

    Posted by: Ironside | Jul 25, 2012 4:14:10 PM


  16. The saddest part is that Jon Ferguson is now insecure and unsure of himself, based on the quotes he made, really crushed me to read them. He doesn't have confidence anymore. Incidents like this scar you emotionally and psychologically way more than they do physically. And especially in a place like Oklahoma, where there aren't many places to turn if you're gay and most everything you hear and read regarding all things gay is negative.

    Please send Jon a message on facebook to let him know that there are many of us out there who are there in spirit to support him:

    http://www.facebook.com/jon.ferguson.334

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 25, 2012 4:21:57 PM


  17. The saddest part is that Jon Ferguson is now insecure and unsure of himself, based on the quotes he made, really crushed me to read them. He doesn't have confidence anymore. Incidents like this scar you emotionally and psychologically way more than they do physically. And especially in a place like Oklahoma, where there aren't many places to turn if you're gay and most everything you hear and read regarding all things gay is negative.

    Please send Jon a message on facebook to let him know that there are many of us out there who are there in spirit to support him:

    http://www.facebook.com/jon.ferguson.334

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 25, 2012 4:21:58 PM


  18. Hate is absolutely an Oklahoma value.

    This guy has raised an important point. He's evidence that sometimes it doesn't get better.

    What do we do about that?

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 25, 2012 4:23:21 PM


  19. He is listed as a Republican on his FB page. I wonder if he will still vote for a party that wants him dead.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Jul 25, 2012 4:49:26 PM


  20. Oh damn... I live just over an hour from Edmond, and this is the first I've heard of it! WTF??

    Just told my boyfriend about this, and he said: 'I have the perfect solution to this sort of thing - it's spelled H-O-L-L-O-W-P-O-I-N-T-S'.' I agree - we both have our Conceal-Carry gun licenses for this very reason.


    I agree with Francis - the religious reich, realizing that the ship of fundamentalist hate is slowly sinking, has ratcheted up the hate rhetoric into a full-scale 'holy war' against us. People, please please PLEASE get yourself a firearm if at all possible, and get licensed for its' use. If that's not possible, then get yourselves into some self-defense courses.

    I feel horribly for Jon - it was a beautiful Camaro, and obviously something he took a great deal of pride in, which is no doubt one reason why it was targeted. I'm glad he wasn't more seriously hurt, but it's obvious he's severely shaken. My thoughts and prayers are with him!

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Jul 25, 2012 4:58:36 PM


  21. Do Oklahoma statutes provide for bias-crime penalty enhancements? If so, the perpetrator's motive takes on direct legal significance -- and it is standard procedure for police departments to avoid making conclusory statements regarding legally significant facts or circumstances during the early phases of an investigation.

    This owes partially to the highly specific wording of some statutes -- the legal definition of a given phenomenon might be much narrower or more demanding than the common-sense definition. And it also owes to the simple fact that "things are not always what they seem". Though the word is reprehensible no matter what, "f_g" is often the insult of first resort expressed by many people who are simply flat-out juvenile and stupid (rather than necessarily intending to express specific anti-gay animus). And motive, in the sense of "what's in the subject's head", is at the very heart of hate-crime penalty enhancements -- which are often structured as elements of the crime, each of which must of course be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    That said? From the common-sense standpoint rather than the technical, lawyerly one, *this is a hate crime*. And these crimes won't stop until we stop them ourselves -- by ANY. MEANS. NECESSARY.

    Posted by: Reilly | Jul 25, 2012 5:01:40 PM


  22. Reilly, unfortunately sexual orientation was specifically removed from Oklahoma's hate crime laws back in 2003 or 2004 (don't remember which) so out here, we're truly on our own.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Jul 25, 2012 5:12:46 PM


  23. It wouldn't surprise me if this homosexual self-inflicted this and is now saying he was victim of hate crime to get sympathy. Many gays and lesbians make false accusations to get sympathy including self-inflicting wounds. He could've self-made the bombs and then damaged his Camaro for insurance money. Since this site is pro-homo, if it's proven that this gay self-inflicted this, then should he be victim of a real gay bashing to put truth to the lie. I'm not concluding this gay staged th attack, but thats possible and drugs are gay. Homo/lesbian sexual behaviors are useless and worthless.

    Posted by: snowisfun | Jul 25, 2012 5:43:01 PM


  24. Expect this kind of violence to increase in the Republican-dominated states because they are not adhering to hate crimes laws.

    Currently we have hate crimes laws at the Federal Level but to use these laws the state police have to say that the crime is a hate crime. So far the Republican-dominated states have used these laws FAR less than Democrat states. The Republicans don't want gay hate crimes to end. They have no interest in helping us. Very often they don't even bother to investigate our cases even in 2012 !

    We have to change the way we use the Federal hate crimes laws. Currently the state police just refuse to say a crime is a hate crime (even if it is) so therefore the Feds can't get involved to ensure the cases are treated properly. We need a new way to define what is and what isn't a hate crime and this needs to be taken out of the hands of the local, gay-hating politicians and police.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 25, 2012 5:46:47 PM


  25. Gotta love this show of anger by Ratbastard and Rick at a gay hate crime that probably was perpetuated by white folks.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 25, 2012 6:24:02 PM


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