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Homophobic Attack Highlights Lack Of Protections In Michigan

CourtneyDetroitDetroit police are currently investigating what appears to be a hate crime sparked after a traffic accident last night. According to Equality Michigan, two women, 22-year old Courtney and 20-year old Kenyetta, were driving on September 26th when they were hit by another woman.

A verbal exchange ensued and the other woman called her boyfriend, who promptly arrived with four friends and told Courtney that if she "acts like a man" she will "get beaten like a man." The women were then beaten while the men hurled anti-lesbian and anti-trans insults. Courtney (pictured) was reportedly knocked unconscious during the attack.

Though police are looking into the incident, Equality Michigan is urging them to pick up the pace and even considering putting this attack on track to be heard under the federal hate crime law. Michigan's Ethnic Intimidation Act, as you can imagine, does not include LGBT people.

"Equality Michigan has been working with the Detroit Police and requested an immediate escalation of the investigation into this crime. In addition to giving the case the attention any brutal attack of this nature deserves, Equality Michigan also calls on the police and prosecutor to consider if the case should be referred to the federal courts for prosecution under the Byrd-Shepard Hate Crimes Act," said Equality Michigan director of policy Emily Dievendorf.

"Equality Michigan continues to call on the Michigan legislature to add gay and transgender individuals to the state's Ethnic Intimidation Act so hate crimes such as this can be properly prosecuted within the state of Michigan."

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  1. 'hood.

    Posted by: Bertrille | Oct 4, 2012 12:48:16 PM

  2. Not hood, it's a heterosexual female thing to call their boyfriends and posse to do the dirty work. That's why a lot of women go after thugs because they want a human pitbull.

    Anyway, are the gay people and gay organizations going to rally around these two lesbians and urge them forward in a legal battle? They must pursue a civil lawsuit against these people, it's the only way things can be rectified.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Oct 4, 2012 1:43:28 PM

  3. Despite having a long history of being a Democratic stronghold, when it comes to socio-cultural issues Michigan is quite "traditionalist" and--in many parts of the state--quite redneck. Hate groups of every stripe have a fairly "proud" history in many parts of the state. I'm guessing many cases like this never gain a high profile.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 4, 2012 2:00:14 PM

  4. It's an ASSAULT, and yes, it's a criminal offense. Her rights haven't been taken away and if the perp[s] are caught, they'll be criminally charged.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 4, 2012 2:43:16 PM

  5. "....her boyfriend, who promptly arrived with four friends and told Courtney that if she "acts like a man" she will "get beaten like a man.""

    Four friends? More like four COWARDS.

    Amazing, it took four guys to beat up 2 women.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 4, 2012 3:32:46 PM

  6. Even though Detroit traditionally votes democratic, the surrounding suburbs are still very right wing and redneck. Macomb County is especially intolerant. I hope whatever gay organizations still exist there pursue these hates crimes. Detroit and the surrounding suburbs have literally become an unlivable cities; not just because of the economy, but also because of the millions of intolerant people who "live" there.

    Posted by: tominsf | Oct 4, 2012 4:05:57 PM

  7. Lack of protections? Last time I heard, battery wasn't legal if your victim is gay, so not sure what you're talking about...

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 4, 2012 4:31:36 PM

  8. Hate Crime.

    Posted by: Andy | Oct 5, 2012 8:03:48 PM

  9. Detroit is, greatly, a violent ghetto anyway.... (But, still, wish the best, and justice, for these girls....)

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 5, 2012 8:19:47 PM

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