Glen Ortmann, a homeless man in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, says he was beaten unconscious in a homophobic assault in a homeless camp in the woods referred to as Tent City, NBC 4 reports:
"It makes it 10 times harder when you're gay and homeless at the same time," Ortmann said. Ortmann said over the weekend he walked right into a trap after recently revealing he's gay. "It was a big crowd, and all I remembered really is being hit once or twice and being knocked out cold," Ortmann said.
His right eye was swollen shut. He also suffered a busted lip and a badly bruised nose. His entire body was filled with pain. "I was sore," he said. "My head was mainly sore from the beating I took."
The homeless man said he has no doubt in his mind he was targeted by the other homeless people at the camp because of his alternative lifestyle. "I was beat up because I was gay," Ortmann said. "It's considered a hate crime. It's against the law to put your hands on someone to begin with."
Ortmann has been homeless for two months, and must remain at Tent City because he has nowhere to go, fearing for his life, he says, and constantly having to look over his shoulder. Police are supposedly investigating a couple names as possible leads in the case.
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The OXD Mirror is a weekly music column brought to you by the boys of OCCUPY THE DISCO (OXD), a New York City based movement created by three music lovers, Ru Bhatt, Josh Appelbaum, and Tadeu Magalhães, who want to share their love for disco, house and dance music with the world.
Surahn: 'Watching The World'
Surahn Sidhu, an artist from Adelaide who has been part of the live band supporting the acclaimed Australian duo Empire of The Sun, is now ready to take off on his own. His first official release is 'Watching The World,' a slow disco track with a uniquely vintage sound to it that captured my attention at first listen. The acoustic instruments are really the star in this work and Surahn's voice accompanies it very smoothly. The track will be part of the Aussie's soon-to-be-released debut EP on DFA Records, home to other groups like LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Holy Ghost!.
Chordashian: 'Call Me'
Brooklyn native Felix Feygin and Jersey boy Michael Banks started Chordashian in 2011 and since then have been gracing the world with their beautiful remixes and original productions. The latest, 'Call Me,' is a sweet electro-pop track that will surely be welcomed by a wide range of audiences, not limited to just the disco-savvy set. It is hard not to think of established music acts like Chromeo when listening to this one, with the feel-good, laid-back funky mood it creates.
Sohight & Cheevy: 'Travel Anthem (Moullinex Remix)'
The disco and house scene in Russia seems to be blossoming as of late. Following Tesla Boy's international success, St. Petersburg-based Sohight & Cheevy are becoming increasingly popular, especially now that their latest single, 'Travel Anthem,' has been remixed by well-known Munich-based Portuguese producer Moullinex. Moullinex's debut album, by the way, is my latest obsession and I have been giving it at least one full listen every day since its release. Make sure to check it out the OXD website.
MORE TRACKS, AFTER THE JUMP...
Giorgio Moroder vs. MB Disco: 'From Here To Eternity (ATTAR! Remix)'
Giorgio Moroder, the producer behind the most important of Donna Summer's disco anthems, is considered the creator of modern dance music as we know it today and revered as a music legend. To celebrate his work, Swedish label MB Disco has commissioned a series of remixes for Moroder's 'From Here to Eternity,' originally released in 1977. Brussels-based ATTAR! takes the original euro-disco track and freshens it up for the current era, while keeping the iconic elements that make this Moroder work so memorable. Make sure to also check out the epic Aeroplane remix included in the same release.
Aeroplane: 'We Can't Fly (Oliver Remix)'
Having mentioned Aeroplane, I can't miss the opportunity to showcase this brand new remix for a track originally included in the Belgian producer's debut album from 2010. 'We Can't Fly' was a personal favorite from this release with its uplifting, gospel-music inspired vocals and dreamy piano solos. LA duo Oliver re-interprets the original work with an air of innocence and cheerfulness that is distinctive to their work. The remix is one of the bonus tracks in the colossal 5-CD compilation Eskimo Records released this week called Eskimonde. The complilation features a decade worth of new disco anthems under their umbrella, produced and remixed by many of the artists we often mention here, and comes in a state-of-the-art package. If you love disco like we do, this compilation will surely blow your mind.
This week's post was written and curated by Tadeu Magalhães.
Mosaic portrait artist Jason Mecier has completed 50 hours of work on a Honey Boo Boo Portrait made from trash.
*Highlights include two cans of hair spray, three tiaras, make-up, mascara, fake eyelashes, coupons, sketti, butter, ten cheese balls, two Red Bulls, one Mountain Dew, a McDonald's chicken nugget, a pink Snuggy box, an empty toilet paper roll, one cabbage patch doll and a jar of Pigs Feet. No roadkill was injured during the making of this portrait!
Watch him assemble it, AFTER THE JUMP...
Ali Forney Center Sees More Than $250K in Donations After Being Flooded Out, Can Still Use Some Help
NYC's Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth has seen a deluge of donations since it was destroyed by the other deluge brought in by Hurricane Sandy, but it still needs more:
In the first three days, the center received almost 1,000 donations totaling more than $100,000. That total has grown to more than $250,000 — and counting — with contributions coming from around the world, including England, France, Sweden, Canada and Mexico.
"This shows the power of social media, when prominent people link digitally with a healthy network of people who connect emotionally," said Ryan Davis, a pioneer in using social media in politics and activism who is on Ali Forney's board.
About $400,000 is needed to replace what the center lost and prepare the Harlem site, which Siciliano hopes will be up and running by Christmas.
Click HERE to donate to the center.
Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, has requested that the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee bring the "kill the gays" bill to the floor imminently, the Monitor reports:
“I write to reiterate my earlier instruction to your committee to expeditiously handle the review of the report on the Bill. As you are aware, there is high demand by the population to address the escalating problem of promoting and recruiting minors into homosexuality,” the letter reads in part.
“This is therefore to inform you that I shall place the Bill on the Order Paper immediately after conclusion of the Oil Bills,” she wrote. Parliament is concluding consideration of the Petroleum (Exploration, Production and Development) Bill as the House breaks off for Christmas recess on December 15, which suggests that after the Bill is hopefully completed by next Tuesday, MPs can expect to debate and probably pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Kadaga was greeted with a "hero's welcome" at Entebbe airport last week for affirming Uganda's position against homosexuality at the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Canada. Christian clerics asked Kadaga at a subsequent meeting in the Ugandan capital to pass the law as "a Christmas gift."
More on the contents of the bill at Box Turtle Bulletin.
At her show open on Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres talked about a recent study that attempted to suss out the existence of 'gaydar'. Ellen thinks it's ridiculous.
"Why do we need Gaydar? We have TMZ to tell us who's gay. I don't like to label people. The only thing I label is my lunch in the refrigerator here at work. I write 'lesbian' on it. That way everybody knows it's mine."
More of her monologue, AFTER THE JUMP...