Nigel Garrett was sentenced to 15 years in prison after using Grindr to lure gay men and attack them. The 21 year old Texan and three accomplices created a fake profile on the app and would arrange a meeting at the victim's house. The accused the bound the victim, physical attack and shout anti-gay slurs at him. Upon going through his house, they would leave with the victim's valuables.
During the plea agreement, portions of the crime were described.
"Garret admitted that he, Anthony Shelton, and Chancler Encalade used Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men, to arrange to meet the victim at the victim's house.
Upon entering the victim’s home, the defendants restrained the victim with tape, physically assaulted the victim, and made derogatory statements to the victim for being gay. The defendants brandished a firearm during the home invasion, and they stole the victim’s property, including his motor vehicle.”
Texas doesn't have any hate crime laws that would protect LGBT people from such crimes. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore relied on The Matthew Shepard and James Bryd. Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act(s). This allowed the Justice Department to go after criminals in states that currently have no protections The defendants are have also been charged with "conspiring to cause bodily injury" because of the victim's identifies as LGBT. Anthony Shelton, Chancler Encalade, and Cameron Ajiduah have all pleaded guilty, but have not been sentenced for these crimes.
John Core, Acting Assistant Attorney General stated “Hate crimes are an attack on a fundamental principle of the United States to be free from fear of violence because of your sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, religion, or national origin.
The Department of Justice is committed to using every tool at its disposal to combat this type of violence.” While Brit Featherston, Acting U.S. Attorney stated
“Violence, in any form, is an affront to the American principles of freedom and safety that our communities are entitled to.
The Department of Justice has made prosecution of violent crime a priority. The Eastern District of Texas, in prosecuting this case and others like it, intends to demonstrate that this priority is something more than just a slogan.”
I have always said that if you're going to use gay social app be cautious.
I came across this article by Michael Lamber "Want to Help LGBTs in the South: Move Here". It's an opinion piece about dealing with criticisms, prejudices from others (he lived in New York City) about being from the South. It's an interesting article and made me think about my time away from New Orleans. I went to university in the Mid-West (Northwestern and University of Michigan). I don't recall being "looked down" upon because I was from the South.
For most people they didn't or couldn't believe I was from the Deep South, and only because I didn't have an accent. I never could get people to understand that not everyone in the South has an accent, and that there are different types of dialects with regards to accents. Other than that I never experienced and criticisms because I was from New Orleans.
Like most people, Southerners hate being talked down to—and that includes progressive Southerners. Every time an LGBT issue comes up, the criticism of Southerners overtakes the many efforts and yes, even successes, of progressives in the South. Michael Lamber
Do you think being from the South we are "looked down" upon? Do people in other parts of the country think we are ignorant and what do we say? No sure I agree that having people move to the South would change attitudes.
Recently HRC suspends Walmart's CEI score. The conclusion was that while Walmart might have a LGBT policy, it isn't enforced. Reports show that Walmart did little to nothing to protect LGBT employee's from discrimination. For awhile it was unclear why Walmart received such a high score on the CEI index. One theory is that Walmart like many companies only seek to attract LGBT dollar's and really don't care one way or the other about issues in the LGBT community.
It appears that HRC's reticence to modify its application or enforcement of polices says volumes about the power corporations have over the LGBT movement Recently HRC was asked to sign a letter demanding Nissan to take a neutral position on recent union elections at Nissan. HRC refused to sign the letter.
The Human Rights Campaign finally acknowledged the retail giant is not treating its employees — including LGBT employees — humanely. Jerame Davis says HRC should have made this point much sooner.
An article written by Jerame Davis and Michele Kessler they highlighted issues not only with HRC's CEI scoring but how corporation have a hold over HRC and other community leader. Just because they sponsor pride events, create floats doesn't mean that companies are treating or actively combating LGBT discrimination in the workplace.
Maybe until HRC can actually do something for the LGBTQ community instead of pandering to corporations we should suspend our donations.
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I came across an article written by Kevin Maxwell in 2016 for the Independent. The article focusses on discrimination against non-white members of the LGBT community in London. So how does that pertain to New Orleans? It is a fact that the LGBT community in New Orleans is segregated and at times highly racist. For example, in the past 9 years I have only come across one Asian, and he’s a personal friend. Aside from that I have never seen an Asian in the LGBT community. The same can be said for black and Latinos in the community. Why is that?
The following article "Racism is rife in the LGBT community. Gay People cannot call for equality while discrimination against others" is a reflection and a well-established truth in the LGBT community, not just in New Orleans, but in many cities around the United States.
So, what do you think? Have you experience racism in the LGBT community? Tell us your story.