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Suspect in Murders of Two Gay Men in Seattle Arrested in New Jersey

Police on Friday arrested Ali Muhammad Brown, suspect in the murders of two gay men in Seattle on June 1, Q13 FOX News reports:

BrownThe West Orange Police Department said officers arrested Brown in the area of the 200 block of Mt. Pleasant Avenue without incident. He was booked at the Homicide Task Force for two open murder warrants from a June 1 double murder in Seattle and an arrest warrant for a carjacking in Point Pleasant, N.J., on June 29.

Brown will be housed at the Essex County Correctional Center and turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, the department said.

Brown, who is originally from the East Orange, N.J., area but who has lived in Burien, Kent and Federal Way, is accused of gunning down 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young at 29th and King Street in Seattle on June 1.

Police believe Brown used Grindr to target his victims.


Suspect May Have Used Grindr To Target Two Seattle Murder Victims: VIDEO

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Ali Muhammed Brown, a radical jihadist charged with killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, may have targeted his victims using Grindr. Brown is also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.

NY Daily News reports that Brown has since been seen in his home state of New Jersey, allegedly committing an armed robbery.

According to Q13Fox.com, 30-year-old Brown met up with Said and Anderson-Young after they left gay bar R Place on the night of May 31.

Police say Brown allegedly shot his victims after driving to Anderson-Young’s house.  Brown is thought to have then stolen Said’s car which was later found abandoned in south Seattle.

In the charging documents, police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three shell casings inside Said’s car.

Although a motive for the murders has not been listed, Q13Fox.com reports that Brown underwent jihadist training in April and that Said and Anderson-Young were targeted because their sexual orientation offended Brown’s radical Muslim beliefs.

Watch a report on the murders, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Seattle Drag Queen Mama Tits Confronts Christian Protesters At Pride - VIDEO

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Seattle drag queen Mama Tits confronted Christian protesters who tried to disrupt the city's Gay Pride Parade on June 30. Star Trek actor George Takei led the parade and rapper Macklemore also took part.

In a fantastic impromptu speech, Mama Tits told anti-gay protesters that they themselves are sinners “because they are wearing cotton polyblend - that is an abomination."

She went on to say:

"Why don’t you read your own book and actually follow the teachings to the letter of god and learn to support and love.  You need to drop the hate. You are a sad, sad excuse for a human being. Once you learn to drop the hate, you too can find happiness because we will welcome you with open arms if you learn to open your minds.  Not today satan, not today!”

Speaking to Seattle Gay Scene after the event, Mama Tits had this to say:

“Before I knew it, I was standing tits to nose with the leader guy on the megaphone. It felt like I had the strength of all the people who had ever been hurt by these people standing right behind be me giving me power! I was almost in autopilot mode from my days as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. I planted myself in his path and wouldn’t move. When he walked around me, I got back in front of him again and again. I stared him in the eyes and could see the pain in his eyes, I could see he was scared and he should have been. He tried to hit me with his sign, but like Bianca Del Rio says 'Not Today, Satan!' I pushed his sign away from my face and hair, because you DO NOT TOUCH my hair. And, it was all I could do to NOT get violent, but I didn’t because once that happens, we all lose.”

Watch Mama Tits’ brilliant speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to Marry LGBT Couples As Part of New Travel Ad Campaign

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Openly gay Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is set to kick-off a travel ad campaign and wedding sweepstakes July 1 to promote Seattle as a destination for marriage equality.

MurraySaid Murray:

“It’s an honor to be part of this campaign and I look forward to officiating at the ceremonies for the lucky couples who win wedding trips to Seattle. I appreciate the work Visit Seattle is doing to bring more out-of-town LGBTQ visitors to Seattle and the new ‘Marry Me in Seattle’ campaign is a great example of that work.”

The campaign will be giving away four all-expenses-paid weddings to LGBT couples from out of state. Murray will officiate the first wedding on September 3.

“Seattle is a welcoming and progressive place to live and visit,” Said Ali Daniels, Visit Seattle’s Vice President of Marketing. “What better way to celebrate the passage of Referendum 74 than to throw a party - or four - hosted by generous hospitality businesses throughout the city.  The response that we’ve received from our partners is incredible. Everyone we’ve reached out to wants to find a way to be a part of this campaign.”

Check out more on the campaign and sweepstakes HERE.


Boy Scouts Prepare to Force Out Gay Eagle Scout While Allowing His Straight Twin Brother to Stay: VIDEO

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Liam and August Easton-Calabria are Eagle Scouts. They are also twin brothers.

Soon, Liam (right) will be forced out of the Scouts because he is gay. His brother is straight.

Seattle's KOMO News interviewed the twins about the discrimination.

Said Liam: "It was an interesting revelation to see the Boy Scouts come together as a non-inclusive organization. I don't think it's true to the scouting way. I mean, absolutely, scouting should be an inclusive organization."

Watch KOMO's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, Geoffrey McGrath, whose story we have featured quite a few times recently on Towleroad, is fighting the Scouts after being forced out over his sexual orientation. And the BSA has pulled the church's charter for standing by him.

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Terrorism Charges Possible in Seattle New Years Eve Gay Bar Arson

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Musab Mohammed Masmari — the 30-year-old suspect arrested for New Year’s Eve arson at Seattle's Neighbours gay nightclub — has pleaded guilty. His plea agreement could get him anywhere from five to 20 years in prison.

The Seattle Times provides more details about how Musmari committed his crime:

Police say that Masmari avoided a security check at Neighbours by entering an adjacent bar called Therapy Lounge. He then passed through an interior door between the bars into the two-floor dance club and was seen on surveillance footage walking around with an object that appeared large enough to contain a 1-gallon gas can, according to the state charging documents.

Masmari allegedly fled the club within seconds of flames first appearing on the footage, the papers say. Club patrons and a bartender quickly doused the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

There were more than 750 people inside the club that night, authorities said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg — supervisor the Joint Terrorism Task Force handled the case— suggesting that hate-crime and terrorism may be mentioned as part of his motives during his sentencing hearing on July 31.

Dominic Holden, the openly gay reporter for The Stranger, provided a timeline of the investigation leading to Masmari’s arrest. Police identified Masmari carrying a large container of gasoline from nightclub footage. He was at Sea-Tac airport trying to escape to Turkey with his worldly possessions when police apprehended him.


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