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Mississippi Gay Couple Fears for Their Lives After Vandalism Hate Crime Attacks: VIDEO

MscoupleMike Halterman, the editor of Out on the Town magazine, tips us off to this story about Dustin Tasso and Matt James, a Toomsuba, Mississippi couple who have been targeted in a series of attacks culminating in windows of their car being broken and the word "fags" being spray-painted on the street in front of their house.

WTOK reports:

Someone came to our home, busted our window out of the back of my car," says Tasso, "our home was broken into, profanity was spray painted on the front of our driveway, and you know it's just a scary feeling for us."

"We just felt like there needed to be something done," says James "because it's not just us this stuff happens everyday, and I mean it's not noticed or recognized and there's got to be some kind of justice."


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  1. Look at that hair. I'm surprised he hasn't ended up in a trash can yet where he belongs.

    Posted by: rick | Jul 18, 2012 1:54:07 PM

  2. Here's some advice: move. I can't imagine there are tons of enticing things to do in Toomsuba. Note that the town's first syllable is pronounced Tomb.

    I'm sure the police response has been swift and useful. Yeah, right.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 18, 2012 1:59:31 PM

  3. Regarding your last line of the article: Ever tried to open one of your pages on an iPhone 4?
    Everything takes a few "seconds" to load. Sometimes even minutes!!!! Your pages are too heavy

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 18, 2012 2:02:17 PM

  4. Here's what to do: STRAP UP. Armed gays don't get bashed.

    Posted by: Reilly | Jul 18, 2012 2:07:40 PM

  5. Paul R: This couple is moving but they cannot get into their new place until the first of the month. So for now, they are forced to wait it out.

    Posted by: Mike Halterman | Jul 18, 2012 2:08:38 PM

  6. Rick: you are just as bad as those who allegedly did this, judging people by their looks. What a pathetic soul.

    Paul R: Why is it everytime something like this happens people immediately say they should move? For one thing, why should they? Gay people shouldn't be run out of town in fear because of other people's bigotry. That is what the bigots want and would like to happen. Two: this can happen in larger cities as well. So I hardly think moving is the answer.

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 18, 2012 2:11:59 PM

  7. Hopefully, the first response is the troll Rick. I knew Rick was always an extremely damaged individual, but I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and not see him as a monster.

    Anyway, this is a very sad story, being terrorized and feeling insecure in your own home. Hopefully the police investigation leads to answers. And hopefully Matt and Dustin have a backup plan in place to keep them safe.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 18, 2012 2:14:39 PM

  8. Get a large german shepard and lots of guns!

    Posted by: d | Jul 18, 2012 2:15:48 PM

  9. That looks like a pretty damn rural area so the culprits couldn't live that far away. Nobody should feel terrorized in their own home, but for these two, it's time for a home security system, surveillance cameras, motion-detector spotlights, a few baseball bats and a loaded shotgun - and that's what I do in suburbia in a regular neighborhood with family members involved with local law enforcement. What really sucks is that the Sheriff's department is right. Unless they have a live perp in the act or video, there isn't a whole lot they can do about vandalism and break-ins.

    Posted by: ESA | Jul 18, 2012 2:17:33 PM

  10. @Mike Halterman: Good to know. Thanks. I'd look into staying in a Motel 6 in the meantime.

    @What? First, who wants to live surrounded bigots? That you can win their hearts and minds? Second, in larger cities there are large gay populations, the police are far more gay friendly and helpful, and people are more tolerant. So yes, moving can improve one's quality of life. They could move into a medium-size college town if they don't like large cities. Living in a violent, hate-filled area is not good for anyone.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 18, 2012 2:19:52 PM

  11. You've gotta admire the brass balls of guys like this couple. Out, Proud, and in hate-filled Mississippi. Shame on the bigots for their attacks, but kudos to these brave young men for refusing to cower before it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 18, 2012 2:22:18 PM

  12. I keep reading about these threats over and over in different cities around the U.S. and wonder why there isn't a national organization to help protect us and work with local law enforcement and other agencies to make it safer. Couldn't some legal organization make this occur along the lines of what GLADD does in Entertainment?

    Posted by: Domesticated | Jul 18, 2012 2:34:17 PM

  13. sounds like the christians are at it again - so looking for justice is a waste of time: justice isn't a *christian* value.

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village | Jul 18, 2012 2:35:15 PM

  14. "Rick: you are just as bad as those who allegedly did this, judging people by their looks. What a pathetic soul"

    That's probably BullyKiwi or someone else, Rick doesn't write like that, it's not robotic enough. :-)

    "Paul R: Why is it everytime something like this happens people immediately say they should move? For one thing, why should they?"

    Because one very plausible outcome of this is that they both end up on a slab at the county morgue? It's easy for people like BullyKiwi to cheerlead these guys from the safety of Toronto/Brooklyn, but funny how people like him disappear when they end up corpses.

    "Get a large german shepard and lots of guns!"

    Great advice! Oh, they'll probably wake up to find their dogs throat slit and here we have two guys who don't look like gun owners (i.e. inexperienced) going against a bunch of people who likely are capable with guns.

    They're moving, I hope Andy doesn't have to post a sad follow up. BTW, the comments section at the TV station website makes me weep for humanity.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jul 18, 2012 2:42:14 PM

  15. A simple webcam surveillance system will catch the culprits quickly. It's likely to be neighborhood teenagers. The townsfolk probably have severe self-esteem issues living where they do.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 18, 2012 2:43:19 PM

  16. These guys are as entitled to privacy safety and respect......just like everyone else.
    And what happens on this page , ? -Rick.

    @ RICK :
    Please take your preconceived notions and your vicious animus elsewhere; I'm certainly sick of reading it.
    And I find you quite disrespectful of our community. So go elsewhere.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 18, 2012 2:44:26 PM

  17. Henry, take your crazy elsewhere. That wasn't me. Your hero Rick hates gay men like the ones in this story; you know, the ones who the ignorant bigots of society choose to baselessly hate for being, well, exactly who they are.

    Two young openly gay men are the targeted victims of hatred and violent threats in an incredibly conservative State - they deserve nothing less than our support, encouragement, and indeed they should inspire more of us to get out there and be proactive.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 18, 2012 2:49:11 PM

  18. Quote from Police :
    "We don't have any information currently....."

    Well, Mr. Policeman, it is your job to get that information and that includes closed circuit security surveillance, the criminal history of local bigots, any anti gay behaviour by local bigots......and Oh yes, you have dusted their home , which was broken into, for fingerprints ??? Right ???

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 18, 2012 2:50:50 PM

  19. Unfortunately, due to the numerous false claims of harassment, these cases are now looked upon with suspicion. If they are indeed being threatened, I hope they catch the perpetrators forthwith. And people, please, you know better than to respond to obvious trolls.

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 18, 2012 2:50:51 PM

  20. @PATRICK: Thank you. On all counts.

    Posted by: AJ | Jul 18, 2012 2:58:00 PM

  21. It really is sad that so often these turn out to be self-perpetuated hoaxes. I'm not sure if it's better to wish for this to be a hoax or not.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 18, 2012 2:58:47 PM

  22. Arm. And stand your ground. Not too often I find myself on the same side as the NRA.

    Posted by: AERES | Jul 18, 2012 2:59:37 PM

  23. PAULR: How long/far do you keep running? Larger cities aren't free from anti-gay threats. It can happen anywhere and has. So gay people should have to leave their family, friends, work, etc and get run out of town and give in to these a-hole bullies? I'm not necessarily saying in this instance they shouldn't move, but isn't this exactly what jerks like this scare the fags out?

    Posted by: WHAT? | Jul 18, 2012 3:00:14 PM

  24. the thing is also this - there are no doubt pro-LGBT straight people there who are "Closeted" about their support of the LGBT Community.

    You know the "I'm ok with it, I just don't need to talk about it" brand.

    We need those people to step their game up. Be OPEN advocates. It aint easy, but nothing worth having comes easy.

    There's a war going on and the voices of hate are loud and visible - the voices of love and equality simply CANNOT afford to be silent and invisible.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 18, 2012 3:14:52 PM

  25. Damn, I'm glad I live in Austin.

    Posted by: Sam Armstrong | Jul 18, 2012 3:19:07 PM

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