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04/19/2007


Prominent SMU Student Arrested for Sexual Assault on Male Classmate: VIDEO

John David Mahaffey, a 19-year-old Southern Methodist University sophomore whose great-great grandfather was on the university's founding committee and whose grandmother, father, and two aunts are also alums, has been suspended from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and banned from campus after SMU issued a crime alert with regard to a sexual assault at 3 am last Sunday morning that Mahaffey later admitted to in a phone call recorded by police. Mahaffey, of Springfield, Mo., is a Hunt scholar, a student senator, a scholarship committee chairman, and an officer on SMU's Inter-fraternity council, NBC5 reports.

JohnDavidMahaffeyThe Dallas Morning News reports:

According to the affidavit, the other man, who is also an SMU student, said Mahaffey forced him to give oral sex. He told Mahaffey “no” and “stop” several times, but felt intimidated and was afraid Mahaffey would get violent. He said Mahaffey told him “you better not tell a soul,” the affidavit said.

The next day, the student met with SMU police and agreed to record a phone call with Mahaffey. During the phone call, he told Mahaffey “you know I did not want to do that?” According to the affidavit,  Mahaffey replied, “I know you didn’t, but we have to say it was consensual or lawyers, parents, and the school will be involved.”

NBC5 Dallas reports: "Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, said Friday that the case probably will be referred to a grand jury in the next few weeks. Mahaffey was released from the Dallas County jail on $25,000 bond. He did not return a phone call seeking comment."

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Gay Man Speaks Out About Homophobic Cane Attack by 71-Year-Old Woman: VIDEO

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Lloyd Guerrero is speaking out about the attack on him by his 71-year-old neighbor Wanda Derby, who beat and tried to choke him with her cane, KHOU reports:

DerbyPolice say she was angry Wednesday night and yelled derogatory terms for a gay man. Authorities say the victim, who is her son's roommate, had bruises on his throat and body.
 
"She was hitting and screaming and hitting and screaming and hitting and screaming," Guerrero said.
 
The two live next door to each other in the Ash Park Apartments in the 3200 block of Ash Park in Richland Hills. Guerrero said Derby had been posting off-color comments about him and his family for the last month or so on her Facebook page. He said she posted that he was homosexual, which he is, but he said he had not been open about it.
 
"This is completely private," he said. "It's not anything I would ever in a million years post randomly. I'm the same as everyone else." Derby's own son is about to move in with Guerrero, and police say that is what provoked the Wednesday night attack.

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Texas Woman, 71, Arrested for Anti-Gay Hate Assault with Cane

A 71-year-old woman was arrested and charged with a hate crime for using her cane in an anti-gay attack on a man, the Star-Telegram reports:

DerbyWanda Derby attacked the 25-year-old man Wednesday night as her son was moving into the man's apartment, Richland Hills police said.

"This apparently angered Derby," Richland Hills Detective Tye Bell said in a news release.

Derby referred to the man with a homosexual slur and told authorities that the man "has AIDS and is going to kill her son," according to the news release. Derby, who was arrested Wednesday, was free Thursday afternoon on $11,500 bail, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, enhanced as a hate crime, and assault causing bodily injury.

...Derby is accused of hitting the man, who was not identified, several times with a cane and choking him by placing the cane against his throat. The man's mother saw the attack and went to help. As she called 911, she was hit in the face, Richland Hills police said. The man had marks and bruises on his throat and body and was treated at the scene, police said.

Derby's Facebook page is littered with angry rants about her neighbors, including this one about her son.

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UPDATE: Derby's victim is speaking out. Check out his interview HERE.


Men Beaten with Baseball Bats in Anti-Gay Attack in Dallas: VIDEO

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Two men have been targeted in Dallas for their perceived sexual orientation, FOX4 reports:

Police said early Tuesday morning two men who were walking near the intersection of Forest Lane and Audelia Road were attacked. According to the police report, five men pulled up alongside of them and began yelling derogatory gay slurs. Several of the men got out of the car and beat the victims in the face, head and body with baseball bats.

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The Dallas Voice has more:

According to a police report, the suspects called the victims, both black males, “fags and sissy” before exiting the vehicle and assaulting them. One of the victims said he was struck at least four times in the head with a bat and lost consciousness until after the suspects left. The other victim attempted to fight back and got caught in the passenger side of the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects dragged the victim an unknown distance before he could free himself.

The victims then transported themselves to Medical City Hospital, according to reports. Officers who responded to the hospital described the victims’ injuries as cuts to the head and nose, bruising and swelling to the cheek and eye socket, chipped upper teeth, and abrasions to the toe, finger, shoulder and stomach.

Laura Martin, LGBT liaison officer for the Dallas Police Department, said the victims’ injuries aren’t life-threatening. Martin said the victims didn’t know the suspects. She declined to say whether the victims are in fact gay, but noted that hate crimes can be based on actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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Gay Dallas Judge Won't Perform Marriages for Straight Couples Until She Can Get Married as Well: VIDEO

Dallas County Judge Tonya Parker, the first LGBT person elected judge in Dallas County and believed to be the first openly LGBT African-American elected official in Texas history according to the Dallas Voice, refuses to perform marriage ceremonies for heterosexual couples until she too can get married.

ParkerThe Voice reports: "The mention of her decision to not perform marriage ceremonies came while the 116th Civil District Court judge addressed the audience at the monthly meeting of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, of which Parker is a member."

Said Parker:

“I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state because I feel like I have to tell them why I’m turning them away. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.’ And it’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m not going to do it.”

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GOP TX Senate Candidate Tom Leppert Says He Was Doing the Work of Jesus When He Marched in Gay Pride as Mayor

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Former Dallas Mayor turned GOP Senate hopeful Tom Leppert was attacked by his Tea Party rival Ted Cruz in a debate this week for marching in a 2007 Gay Pride parade when he was mayor. Leppert had reportedly just told those listening that "he used the office of mayor to stand against the gay rights agenda," the Dallas Voice reports.

In Leppert's rebuttal to Cruz, he compared himself to Jesus:

“On the gay parades, it’s real simple,” Leppert responded. “There was not a single group in this city that I didn’t engage. They all knew, a lot of them knew that I didn’t agree with them, but there’s not a group that I didn’t engage. Jesus engaged every single group when he was here on earth and I did, too. And what wasn’t told is all the different times that I talked about my faith and went out there and every single person in this city understood exactly where I stood.”

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The Dallas Voice notes:

After defeating openly gay candidate Ed Oakley in a runoff for mayor in 2007. Leppert hired an openly gay chief of staff, Chris Heinbaugh, and repeatedly expressed support for the LGBT community. In addition to gay Pride, Leppert appeared at Dallas’ Black Tie dinner, the largest annual fundraiser for the city’s LGBT community. He also refused to answer a question about whether he supported same-sex marriage.

But when Leppert decided to run for Senate about midway through his four-year term, he abruptly joined the virulently anti-gay First Baptist Church of Dallas. And, almost immediately after stepping down as mayor to launch his Senate campaign last year, he sent out an anti-gay tweet and came out on his website against both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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