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El Paso Police Arrest Suspect in Beating Near Gay Club, Say Assault Was Gang-Related, Not Hate Crime

A 16-year-old has been arrested in the brutal beating of a straight man outside a gay nightclub in El Paso last week, the El Paso Times reports:

Op The assault, police said, was gang-related and did not meet the criteria of a "hate crime," which upset the victim's family and gay-rights activists who said Lionel Martinez was targeted only because he was near the Old Plantation nightclub frequented by gays and lesbians.

Police arrested the teen gang member Thursday afternoon on suspicion of aggravated assault. More arrests are expected. The teen's name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Martinez, 22, remained hospitalized in critical condition Thursday and has yet to regain consciousness after early Saturday attack, said his sister Deanne Martinez.

Martinez says her brother is not part of a gang and insists her brother was targeted because he was outside of a gay nightclub.

Man In Critical Condition After Attack Outside Of Gay Club In Texas

A 22-year-old man is in critical condition after a brutal attack outside of a gay nightclub in downtown El Paso. San Diego Gay & Lesbian News is reporting the incident as a likely gay bashing because the victim was waiting outside of the club for a ride.

Op From KVIA's report:

Police said the victim, only described as a 22-year-old Hispanic man, was involved in a verbal confrontation with six other men. The fight escalated to punching and kicking and police said one of the six men even used a bat to hit the victim. A friend of the victim tried to intervene, but was stopped by one of the six men when he struck her Jeep with a bat and damaged the windshield, according to police. The victim was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition.

The club, The Old Plantation, is known locally as "The OP."

The six men reportedly drove away in a van. Anyone with tips on the identity of the suspects is encouraged to call the El Paso Police Department at (915) 832-4400.

Activists Protest Anti-Gay Pastor's Book Signing In El Paso

Pastor Tom Brown, who claims that he can cure homosexuality, was the driving force behind last year's ridiculous voter-approved ordinance in El Paso that would take away health benefits of gay and unwed domestic partners of city employees. Last week, a judge ruled that EL Paso can't deny health benefits to any city employee calling it "unconstitutional." A final ruling is expected later this year.

Gay rights protesters, including several gay Christians, took to the Barnes and Noble location in that city to demonstrate and urge a boycott of the store due to an appearance by Brown who was there to sign copies of his new book.

TbThe El Paso Times reports: "'He takes the teachings from the Bible and misconstrues them,' said Daniel Rollings, a member of El Paso for Equality. 'I'm openly gay and a Christian myself, and Christ does not teach hate. Tom Brown uses the Old Testament verse and Jewish cleanliness laws to make things about how one can be healed of homosexuality,' Rollings said. Brown said he was surprised by the negative reaction his book-signing received from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."

Surprised? Taking away much-needed health benefits from gays and lesbians and calling homosexuality a "curable psychological illness" is more than enough for him to garner a negative impression from anyone.

Watch the El Paso Times interview Brown at the book signing (as well as several peaceful protesters, including a gay Christian man who says that "Christ's message was love. Never did Christ teach hate"), AFTER THE JUMP.

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El Paso, Texas Retains Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits

On election day, El Paso, Texas voters approved a referendum denying health benefits to unmarried partners of city employees.

Cityhall The City Council took up the measure yesterday and could have repealed it, but didn't:

"Council voted 4-3 in the controversial issue. Representatives Carl Robinson, Rachel Quintana, Eddie Holguin and Beto O'Rourke voted against rescinding the public referendum. Representatives Ann Morgan Lilly, Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega voted to vacate the ordinance that the public approved on November 2 in what some community members dub the "family values" benefits ordinance. Represenatives Emma Acosta was absent. The council voted to postpone any discussion on the matter for eight weeks. The ordinance that voters authorized by a 55-45 margin ends medical insurance benefits for 19 gay and unmarried partners of city employees. These workers have received taxpayer-funded coverage since the council implemented that policy at the beginning of the year."

The AP adds:

"City Attorney Charlie McNabb had said the approved ordinance is so broad that about 200 people, including some city retirees, also will lose medical coverage as of Jan. 1."

News: Climbing, Jack Mackenroth, El Paso, Evan Lysacek, Illinois

 road Signorile: How the Right manipulated the media over Judge Walker's sexuality.

Mackenroth  roadFormer Project Runway designer and HIV activist Jack Mackenroth won seven medals at the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany this week.

 roadSimon Cowell shows off his manscaping skillz.

 roadBroadway Impact hosting major Prop 8 ruling celebration at Therapy in NYC tonight from 7-9: "Currently scheduled to take part in the celebration are Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, Nick Adams, Shayna Steele, Will Taylor, Jose Llana and Jason Tam. A question-and-answer session will include Richard Socarides (former advisor to President Clinton) and newly crowned Miss New York Claire Buffie (she is running on a gay rights platform for the first time in Miss America history)."

 roadJane Lynch to host SNL.

 roadEl Paso, Texas voters to decide November 2 if domestic partners employed by the city are eligible for health benefits: "The topic has become a heated battle between those for and against the decision by El Paso City Council made months back. Many against the decision claim the city is endorsing homosexual lifestyles, and have been fighting to overturn council's decision."

 roadEvan Lysacek: The "verdict is still out" on Johnny Weir's gender.

 roadRobbie Williams tied the knot.

Mormon   roadA gay Mormon couple thanks Judge Walker.


Details on the Google - Verizon internet policy proposal. Neutrality nixed for wireless.

 roadEquality Illionois PAC endorses Illinois Governor Pat Quinn: "The endorsement highlights what gay rights advocates say are significant differences between Quinn and his Republican opponent, state Sen. Bill Brady, on issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 'I think this is one of the most important elections ever, because the choices for our community are markedly different. We have a guy who opposed fairness and equality and a guy who spent his entire career standing up for all Illinoisans,' public policy director for Equality Illinois, Rick Garcia told ChicagoPride.com."

 roadA shift in Orthodox Jewish attitudes toward gay people?

 roadMale model fix: Janice Fronimakis.

Homoclimb  roadA report on the recent Homoclimb.

 roadEvidence that Arizona's SB1070 has gone into effect...

 roadYouthPride Atlanta calls on gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal to stop elevating the gay-bashing in his race against Karen Deal, and to stop lying about anti-bullying gay youth group.

 roadRyan Gosling, sitting around looking beautiful.

 road A review of the Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of Rent at the Hollywood Bowl.

 roadTarget stock sinks after boycott: "Shares in the Minneapolis-based discount retailer have declined 3.5 percent since the morning of July 27, when Target Chief Executive Gregg Steinhafel first defended the donation, prompting critics to call for a consumer boycott. Its shares were off 1.5 percent Tuesday, closing at $50.98...Target spokeswoman Jenn Glass said Tuesday that the shifting stock price reflects 'too many factors that we can't attribute it to just one thing.'"

News: Tom Cruise, El Paso, Rosie O'Donnell, Brazil, Ryan White

 road USA Today: Rosie O'Donnell confirms split with partner Kelli Carpenter. "We're a family. We will remain a family forever. And we are working on our issues."



Do Começo Ao Fim: Controversial film about brothers who are also lovers to debut in Brazil.


Bronson Pinchot on working with Tom Cruise in Risky Business: "We thought Tom [Cruise] was the biggest bore on the face of the Earth. He was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, 'You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?' I mean, his lingo was larded with the most… There was no basis for it. It was like, 'It’s a nice day, I’m glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange."


White House supports Ryan White Reauthorization Act.


Unfriendly Fire author Nathaniel Frank takes apart an article by James Bowman in the Weekly Standard with a point-by-point rebuttal of Bowman's theories — "that what motivates 18-year-olds in 21st-century America to fight wars is a particular conception of honor; that that honor is defined by having an exclusively male, heterosexual identity; and by the further belief that a straight man's honor relies on not having gay peers."


Bigots of a feather flock together.


Toronto gets a gander of Ryan Gosling.



The face of Jesus has been spotted on the door of a toilet at Ikea Glasgow: "A bearded face, with long flowing hair, is plainly visible on the wooden door of the men's toilet in the Braehead outlet of the Swedish furniture and meatballs giant."


Equality Florida endorses Dan Gelber for Attorney General. "Our community has two friends in the Democratic Primary race for Attorney General, however Dan Gelber stands apart as someone who has used his political capital to truly lead on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues."


Anti-discrimination ordinance makes first appearance at Salt Lake City Council — public hearing scheduled for November 10.


Homophobic slapper has day in UK court.


Bobby Brown suggests Whitney Houston is a lesbian in new book.


A new Twilight clip with lots of fangs, shirtlessness, drool, and growling.



Saturn at equinox...


Man's genitals bitten in alleged gay sex assault in Taipei.


LaToya Jackson fears for her life, tabs say: "La Toya is convinced someone paid Michael's personal physician, Conrad Murray, to kill him because they stood to gain up to $1 billion from his death. She is convinced they killed her brother and wouldn't hesitate for a moment to kill her as well."


Met: Homophobic crimes up in London.


Adam Shankman to co-produce Oscars with former Fox film chief Bill Mechanic. Shankman: "The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honor."


Police in El Paso, Texas finish special training as result of Chico's Tacos gay kiss ejection: "All 1,100 city police officers have completed special training to make sure they know the law when it comes to dealing with gays and public places. The sessions were part of the fallout from a security guard ejecting five gay men from a Chico's Tacos restaurant after two of them kissed. Chico's owner later said his staff kicked out the men because they were being disruptive, not because of the kiss."


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