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Vandals Target Alabama Student Vehicles with HRC Bumper Stickers

HRC stickerStudents at the University of South Alabama claim they are the target of anti-gay bigotry after their vehicles, which sported Human Rights Campaign stickers, were vandalized 

The students have filed official reports with the university alleging that in September the stickers were ripped off their vehicles, and then that some vehicles were further vandalized, with one windshield wiper removed and one tire deflated.

USA Spectrum, a University of South Alabama campus/community LGBT organization, claims its members were targeted. Spectrum USA president Rachel Doctor spoke with AL.com:

"The overall response to these vandalism incidents from the university and campus community have been positive. The administration and university police have done a stellar job of checking up on the developing situations and for that type of support to be present for an LGBTQ+ activist student organization is huge. I cannot thank every individual who is reached out to us enough. If nothing else comes from this, the spotlight on this issue must never go away," Docter said.

"It is imperative that students, faculty, and staff understand that just because they don't see someone attacked right in front of them doesn't mean these things don't happen. We cannot continue to be silent about students being victimized for simply being who they are. Whether you believe in gay rights or not, we are all human. Have enough respect for one another to remember it," she said.

Check out the rest of the article at AL.com.

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  1. what the hell is "LGBTQ+"

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Oct 1, 2013 12:48:00 PM


  2. Witness the bigots are after me generation.

    Posted by: GH | Oct 1, 2013 1:01:53 PM


  3. Alamama is the capital of the confederacy, so this is not surprising, they probably are targeting black gays!

    Posted by: ty | Oct 1, 2013 1:19:24 PM


  4. The healthcare.gov website is a total joke, it doesn't work at all. Long wait to get into the site, then when you get to the security questions, they're all blank in two different browser, many tries each requiring about 10 minutes. You have no idea what it will cost until you complete it. I don't have any income, yet live with partner of 30 years who does in Ohio and we can't marry so I can't get coverage through his employee plan. Asked partner about his income, he says that's private. What am I supposed to do? I can't even answer that question. I can't ask him to pay for this, he already pays for everything else, God this is depressing!

    Posted by: Joesph Foster | Oct 1, 2013 1:41:20 PM


  5. Joesph Foster - NOTHING is perfect its 1st day of launch......be patient....

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 1, 2013 2:27:04 PM


  6. @ "Asked partner about his income, he says that's private. What am I supposed to do?"

    Oh, Joseph, I hope the best for you. Your partner said "that's private"? From who, the government or from you?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 1, 2013 2:37:10 PM


  7. Please 'Joseph' ... spare us the tea-bagging troll disaster alert about the aca website. MILLIONS of people ARE NOT having issues.

    I didn't.

    You jerks are just screaming 'Fire in the Theater'...

    ...'cause it's all you got left now that Obma has Pwned your lilly-white asses.

    BWAHAHAHA

    Posted by: bear | Oct 1, 2013 2:53:50 PM


  8. Joseph; You're partner won't share his income info with you?

    You got a hell of a lot more problems than an overloaded ACA website

    Posted by: Lionell | Oct 1, 2013 2:55:53 PM


  9. Joseph, since you are not married, your partner's income is not your income. Your income is $0.00.

    Posted by: Frankie | Oct 1, 2013 3:16:17 PM


  10. @Frankie, ROFL! You tell him, girl!

    South is my alma mater and back in 1991 when I graduated, Mobile and South were fairly liberal and open-minded regarding gays. Never felt the need to hide who I was and was never discriminated against. Seems like things may have changed or there is a small fringe group trying to make waves.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Oct 1, 2013 3:48:14 PM


  11. This experience brought to you by the blood thirsty hate mongers Tony Perkins and the FRC, Bryan Fischer and the AFA, and Brian Brown and NOM.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 1, 2013 3:50:10 PM


  12. You people will excuse ANYTHING if it goes against your politics. Obamacare has been poorly launched. Thanks for posting that little piece of reality Joseph. The Republicans are doing more than pulling a stunt. The Affordable Care Act seriously sucks for now.

    Posted by: GH | Oct 1, 2013 4:33:06 PM


  13. The ACA sites are just up and running and reports are servers are overloaded because of the demand. Millions are visiting the websites. Like any new program or website, there will be bugs to be worked out. One reason the federal government site is overwhelmed is because so many states have opted out, they're forcing their citizens to the federal site. Unhappy about it? Call your state legislator and your Congress critter. The Republicans are doing all they can to sabotage the program anyway.

    As others have noted, your income is ZERO. You're not married and so your partner's income doesn't count for you. Ohio has not opted into Medicaid expansion, thanks to its GOP politicians, so I doubt if you'll qualify for ACA coverage without income. Sadly, you'll probably be one that cannot get coverage if you can't qualify for Medicaid.

    As for the vandalism article. It's just asking for trouble anymore to attach political, religious or sexual orientation bumper stickers to your car, especially in the south, but also in some areas of the north as well. I'm an older guy I cannot recall a time when there has been more hate, vitriol and intolerance in the country than there has been since Obama's election. Minorities of every stripe are in the cross-hairs. The straight white-male status quo is being challenged and people are scared. Sometimes it's wiser not to make yourself or your property a target.

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 1, 2013 5:52:04 PM


  14. I'm also from Mobile and a graduate of the University of South Alabama. This appears to be a fringe group of immature idiots, who are probably from upstate or Mississippi. Mobile has its issues, but it is relatively liberal.

    Posted by: Tom in Lazybrook | Oct 1, 2013 6:00:33 PM


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