I've been lucky enough never to have experienced "gay bashing" personally, but my partner has. She was severely beaten after leaving a gay bar one night in Calgary. It's horrifying to me.
My solution? I figure us gay folks should start hunting skinheads and those intolerant souls who perpetrate this kind of heinous behaviour. Couple of homo vigilante groups out kicking *** would put a stutter in their step, I believe. If you know you're going to be hunted down like a dog for gay bashing, you'd probably take up a new hobby. Retribution sometimes is more effective than legislation. Quicker and, at times, more satisfying. "Is that a .44 in your pocket or are ya just glad to see me?" comes to mind. You cannot fight this kind of aggression with pacifism.
Gay singer Aviance leaves hospital after beating
By Daniel Trotta Mon Jun 12, 5:16 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Gay performance artist Kevin Aviance was released from the hospital on Monday after suffering a beating that rights advocates said was a reminder of the hate crimes gays still face, even in New York City.
"Kevin is in a lot of pain, mentally and physically. He faces a long road to recovery," his lawyer, Jay Sanchez, said after Aviance was wheeled out of the hospital, his jaw wired shut and his leg in a brace.
"We all know it's happening out there all the time," Sanchez said of violence against gays.
Aviance could not speak for himself because of his injuries but he formed the words "thank you" with his lips to the media. He wore large sunglasses and a rainbow-colored sleeve.
Four males aged 16 to 20 have been arrested on suspicion of hate crime assault, in which the chart-topping singer and so-called "underground freak" performing artist was attacked upon walking home from a bar early on Saturday morning.
They yelled "kill the faggot" and other epithets during the beating, said Len Evans, Aviance's publicist.
New York police have reported 22 anti-gay bias crimes so far this year compared to 17 for the same date a year ago.
Gay sources said it was particularly shocking that the attack occurred in the East Village -- one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in generally tolerant New York.
Aviance, with three Billboard number one dance music singles to his credit as a vocalist, was described by Evans as "Missy Elliott meets
Grace Jones." The artist also lists Boy George and
David Bowie as his influences.
Now he will have his jaw wired shut for two and a half weeks, at the height of Gay Pride Month. He still hopes to participate in the Gay Pride Parade on June 25.
"He said it feels like someone pulled your soul out," Evans said. "This was his month to shine. He made people feel proud to be gay, to walk the streets and to feel comfortable in their own skin. That was taken away from him."
The executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project said gays were particularly vulnerable during Gay Pride Month when "we are so visible as a community, which can fuel the ire of those folks that hate us."
At roughly the same time as Aviance was beaten, three gay men were attacked by seven or eight men in the working-class neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, Patton said.