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Lesbian Couple's North Carolina Home Labeled with Anti-gay Slur on Google Maps: VIDEO


North Carolina Teen Google Maps His House and Finds Anti-Gay Slur on Home Address: VIDEO

A 17-year-old teen found a nasty surprised when he Google mapped his Canton, North Carolina home reports The Advocate. Dakota Bonham, son of Jennifer Mann and Jodie Mcdaniel, switched to street view and found their home address renamed to "Fagits live here." The couple expressed shock and surprise and say that they've never encountered any hostilities from neighbors in the four years they've lived on Hilltop Farm Road. The couple contacted Google to remove the heinous, albeit misspelled slur from the site.

Said Mann:

"My son was on Google Maps at school when he (searched) 'street view' for our address and it said, 'Fagits live here.'"

"I just thought, 'Are you kidding me?' I tried to contact Google, but I was put on hold forever and ever and ever. This day and time, with people and hate, you just can't live your life."

Google finally took action when The Asheville-Citizen Times asked Google to remove the slur on behalf of Mann and McDaniel. The description stayed on the site for at least a month before it was finally removed on Wednesday.

McDaniel previously had a window sticker of two pink deer face to face, and that decal was visible from the street when the Google street mapping car came by last summer reports Asheville-Citizen TimesIt's unclear who authorized the change; it's possible that the change was created and authorized through Google Map Maker by fellow peers as Google only moderates "high-profile," features however, Map Maker's guidelines do state that obscene and profane content is not allowed. 

Bonham, who has two other siblings ages 23 and 15, expressed disgust over the discovery.

Said Bonham:

"I was just like, 'What the hell?' It's just kind of messed up. They should kind of grow up a little bit."

Watch Mann and McDaniel's interview with WLOS-TV News, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Homophobic Attack' in Manchester's Gay Village Leaves Rugby Player With Broken Jaw


Manchester police are searching for a man (pictured above) in connection with a homophobic attack on Canal Street over the weekend that left a gay ruby player with a broken jaw.

Tom, 24, whose last name is being withheld, was promoting his LGBT rugby team, the Manchester Village Spartans, when the attack took place, Manchester Evening News reports:

Gareth Longley, spokesman for the Village Spartans, said: "We had been out on a recruitment drive that Saturday, and most of us were wearing Halloween outfits and had painted faces. We were just telling people what the club is about and trying to get new players and more support.

"When they walked into the Village a group of guys were making homophobic remarks at passers by. Our players walked up to them and everything calmed down and (the player) started chatting to them about the Spartans. One of the other group took offence and punched him in the face."

Det Con Louise Kelly, of GMP’s North Manchester division, said: “We believe this to be a homophobic attack and I want to make it clear that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets.

Tom, who had to have a metal plate inserted into his face to repair his jaw, says the attack has left him shaken:

“It’s affected how I feel about going out in the Village and the gay scene in general. I was attacked on Canal Street, which is supposed to be a safe environment. I’m also not able to play rugby for three months while the plates in my jaw heal.”

Texas Man Sentenced To 15 Years for Beating, Kidnapping Gay Man He Met Online


Brice Johnson thought he had beaten Arron Keahey to death before he bound him with electrical cord and placed him in the trunk of his Ford Fusion in Springtown, Texas, on Sept. 2, 2013.

But when Johnson arrived at a friend's house and Keahey screamed for help from the trunk, people at the house told Johnson to take Keahey to the hospital or they would call police.

After Johnson put Keahey in the back seat and drove him to an EMS station, Keahey spent 10 days in a Fort Worth hospital recovering from skull and facial fractures and a brain injury.

Johnson.BriceJohnson, now 20, was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in federal prison after being charged with an anti-gay hate crime for beating and kidnapping Keahey after they met on MeetMe.com. Johnson, who claims he isn't gay, had lured Keahey to his home in Springtown, northwest of Fort Worth, with the promise of sex:

“Quite simply, hate crimes of any nature will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas said in a statement Monday. “Prosecutions under this law are important to ensure all people in our community know they have the full protection of the law. I commend not only the victim for his continued cooperation throughout this investigation, but our law enforcement partners including the FBI, the Springtown Police Department and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, who worked tirelessly in this case to ensure our hate crime laws are strictly enforced.”

After meeting on MeetMe.com, Johnson and Keahey exchanged explicit messages and discussed what sexual activity they would engage in. Meanwhile, Johnson saved Keahey's number in his phone using the name, "Fag Bagg."

In recorded jail phone calls, Johnson told family members: "I invited this guy over, right, at first it was basically like a joke that went too far and too wrong. I invited him over because he was a fag or whatever."

The hate crime charge against Johnson was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea in June, and he was sentenced to 183 months in federal prison on a kidnapping charge.

Keahey, who was 24 at the time of the attack, launched a GoFundMe page which has raised $2,070. Keahey wrote on the page,

“I was recently lured and ambushed, beaten to almost an inch of my life, after meeting a man on a social app, simply because I am gay. I had to have facial reconstructive surgery, had brain trauma as well as memory loss, which is still affecting me pretty bad, and a lot of emotional backlash. I am constantly dealing with depression and other emotional problems still. In the midst of it all, I am trying to start my life over now. I am having a hard time doing so and am needing help with normal necessity bills and everyday expenses while I rebuild my life and get myself back to life and everything in order money wise. I am also hoping for some help with paying the large amount of medical bills. Any donation to me will be truly appreciated, and I cannot thank you enough for your support.

“Even if you do not have the resources to donate, please share this article and spread the word of what happened,” Keahey added. “I truly believe that the more problems like this in this country are talked about, the less it will happen and the closer we will be to a solution.”

Man Charged With Rape, Murder In 2012 Attack On Teen Lesbian Couple Appears In Court In Texas: VIDEO


Days after a horrific attack on a teenage lesbian couple in South Texas that left one of them dead, David Malcom Strickland approached mourners at the park where the incident occurred, according to police.

Strickland, who at the time lived near the park in Portland, Texas, outside Corpus Christi, told the mourners that his girlfriend knew one of the victims. Strickland asked the mourners for details about the investigation and was observed searching the grass near the crime scene, witnesses said.

Nearly two years later, Strickland allegedly delivered a letter to a business in Portland in which he implicated another man in the June 2012 shooting that left 19-year-old Mollie Olgin (above right) dead and her then-18-year-old girlfriend, Kristene Chapa (above left), seriously wounded. As it turned out, the man implicated in the letter was a former roommate of Strickland's, from whom Strickland had been charged with stealing firearms in Utah. The letter led police back to Strickland, who was arrested this June and charged with capital murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping in the attack on Chapa and Olgin.

Strickland.Court1On Friday, with Chapa and about 20 pro-LGBT protesters gathered outside, Strickland made an appearance in court. The protesters carried rainbow flags and signs suggesting the incident was an anti-gay hate crime. but San Petricio County District Attorney Michael Welborn told The Corpus Christi Caller-Times he doesn't believe it was motivated by anti-gay bias. 

“No, we are not calling it that (a hate crime). We have found no evidence that this is a hate crime,” Welborn said.

Watch KIII-TV's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Welborn told KZTV Channel 10 the publicity and the presence of the LGBT protesters — Strickland wore a bulletproof vest and was led in through a side door — could ultimately cause the trial to have to be moved.

"When we have instances like what happened today, the courts start looking very strongly at whether we need to transfer the case to another county," Welborn said.

ChapaChapa, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head and is still undergoing rehab, said the rally was an important show of support.

"With all this court, it really opens old wounds, you know, and both the families are suffering," Chapa told KZTV.

One man, reportedly a friend of Strickland's family, filmed the LGBT protesters and reminded them that Strickland is innocent until proven guilty, according to a report from KIII-TV. Chapa's sister, Patricia Hernandez, told the man he didn't know the evidence in the case. 

While much of the evidence hasn't been made public, an arrest affidavit said shell casings from the crime scene were matched to a gun Strickland owned at the time. Strickland's vehicle also matched the description of the one that dropped off the letter, and authorities traced his cell phone to the area when it was delivered.

The letter revealed details about the crime that hadn't been made public, including the fact that Chapa and Olgin had been forced to duct-tape each other's mouths and eyes, and that their bodies had been stacked on top of each other. Bird-watchers found Olgin dead and Chapa clinging to life the next morning.

When Strickland was arrested in Utah in January for stealing firearms from his former roommate, police found guns, ammunition, condoms, personal lubricant, bolt cutters, pepper spray and a lock pick kit in his vehicle. 

Prosecutors haven't said whether they'll seek the death penalty for Strickland. Even if the incident were classified as a hate crime, there would be no penalty enhancement available in Texas because Strickland is already charged with capital murder, and prosecutors would be unlikely to seek the designation because it could increase their burden of proof.

If nothing else, though, Friday's courthouse rally was a sign that the small LGBT community in remote South Texas hasn't forgotten about the crime, even if the national gay media has.

Chapa, who was left with paralysis on one side of her body, has made a heroic recovery, but a fund to help pay for her ongoing medical expenses has raised just $3,730 of the $40,000 goal in five months.

To contribute to the fund, go here.

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North Carolina Man Who Was Beaten, Robbed, Set on Fire By Man He Met At Gay Bar Dies

WhiteStephen Patrick White, the Army veteran who was savagely attacked and burned by a man he met at a gay bar last weekend, has died in the hospital as a result of his injuries, The Jamestown Sun reports.

White had met Garry Joseph Gupton at Chemistry Nightclub, a gay bar in Greensboro, and the two proceeded to leave the bar and travel to a hotel early Sunday morning. At around 4:30 am, an employee at the hotel called 911 after he heard screaming and a fire alarm go off. Qnotes reports White was found naked, robbed and beaten - with burn injuries on over 52 percent of his body. White remained in critical condition until he died of the injuries yesterday.

GuptonGupton, a crew member in the city of Greensboro's Water Resources Department, is being held on a $250,000 bond and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. Authorities say he will now be charged with first-degree murder but not a hate crime, according to Qnotes:

“He (Gupton) never verbalized to us that he intended to kill somebody,” said Susan Danielsen, a Greensboro police spokeswoman, according to N.C. Policy Watch. “There’s absolutely no evidence to indicate that this is a hate crime.”

She added: “We’re not sure what caused Mr. Gupton to act so violently. This is not a crime motivated by hate.”

Sexual orientation and gender identity protections are not included in North Carolina's hate crimes statutes. 

Gay Man Ambushed, Stabbed in Brutal San Bernardino County Hate Crime: VIDEO


Police are on the lookout for a man involved in an brutal attack against a 34-year-old gay man in San Bernardino County late last month, The Los Angeles Times reports:

Ethan walkerDetectives arrested two suspects -- a 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old Robert Fraire -- and are still looking for Ethan Walker [pictured right], the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The 17-year-old was not identified because he is a minor.

The attack occurred Oct. 28 in a remote drainage wash near Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, authorities said.

Before the attack Walker and the victim were friends, officials said. But, apparently after learning the man was gay, Walker arranged to meet him near the drainage wash to walk him to work, where Walker, Fraire and the 17-year old, attacked him with rocks, bottles and the board while yelling gay slurs, according to sheriff's authorities.

Earlier this week, the victim (who chose to remain anonymous) spoke to CBS Los Angeles about the attack. You can watch his interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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