Hate 2000 Newsletter August 28, 2007
Quote of the month: "A
man showing interest in another man should never be portrayed as filthy
or criminal, but rather as giving a compliment."
-Robert Minor, Gay and Healthy in a Sick Society,
available from Amazon.com.
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bullying become murder? An August 12 Winnipeg
Free Press article reports that a six year old boy drowned in a
lake in the Pauingassi area, which is north and east of Winnipeg,
Canada. Three boys stripped six year old Adam Keeper naked and pushed
him in a lake. Because Adam could not swim, he drowned.
Globe and Mail has a Canadian Press article that gives a slightly
different account. The Globe
and Mail says the three boys ?bullied him into stripping naked.? A Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation news report indicates the boy was ?bullied
into taking off his clothes? and was ?forced into a lake.?
The boys who killed Adam cannot be
charged under Canadian law, because they are all under the age of
twelve. Adam Keeper?s death may result in debates about Canada?s
justice system. Unfortunately, Adam?s death is about a much more
serious problem in Canadian society than the criminal justice system;
it is about bullying.
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is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and
straight allies who are employees or retired employes of Ford Motor
Company and Ford affiliates. GLOBE wishes to help promote an inclusive
and supportive atmosphere for GLBT people at Ford Motor Company.
has a very inclusive statement regarding all minority groups, be they
religious, racial, color, age, ethnicity, handicap, veteran status,
gender, or sexual orientation related. A short statement from the Ford Motor
Company web site reads, ?Opportunities for employment and
advancement will be available on a non-discriminatory basis--without
regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin, handicap, or veteran status. We take affirmative
action in accordance with law to have minorities and women represented
appropriately throughout the workforce and to provide qualified
handicapped persons, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era
opportunity for employment and advancement."
Good corporate citizens have policies that help promote equality at work and positive societal changes. Discrimination for any
reason does not make good business sense. Any corporation or employer
that attempts to treat all employees with equity and on the basis of
merit is acting as a good corporate citizen. Ford also advertises on
some television programs that have gay characters. Good movies and
television programs do more than entertain us - they attempt to make us
better people. By having characters of a variety of races, ethnicities,
religions, and sexualities, television programs reflect societal
diversity and encourage people to love people who different than they
are. Corporations that advertise on programs where many minority groups
are represented are promoting positive changes in society.
Unfortunately, Ford Motor Company is targeted with a boycott because
Ford is trying to be a responsible corporate citizen. The American Family Association
is asking that people boycott Ford, because Ford Motor Company
advertises on some television programs that have gay characters.
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News about crime, terrorism, and war
can give us false impressions about a community, a racial or ethnic
group, or a religion. As a result of news reports about terrorism, some
people may have the false impression that most Islamic people support
suicide bombings. A Religion News Service article in the Adventist
Review says a poll was conducted in 16 Islamic countries. In 15 of the
countries the majority of people surveyed said suicide bombings can
?rarely or never be justified.? The only country where the majority of
the people felt there were conditions where suicide bombing can be
justified is the Palestinian territories.
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Bullying is common
in some schools. Unfortunately, students who are perceived to be
different may be targeted for bullying. Bullying can emotionally damage
study of gay New York City youth was conducted by researchers from Penn
State University and New York University. Almost 80% of the young
people studied reported receiving ?verbal taunts,? and 14% reported
being physically assaulted. The study found that 9% of gay students
studied met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder. About 14%
of the gay youth who reported verbal bullying satisfied the American
Psychiatric Association?s criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.
To put the emotional
impact of bullying in context, we
may need to understand what post-traumatic stress disorder is.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition found in some adults who
have been victims of violence, accidents, or a natural disaster. While
the study causes concern, additional studies need to be conducted
before we can reach any conclusions about the damage bullying causes
gay teens. We would like to see this study repeated in other cities. An
interesting study would be to see what percentage of straight teenaged
victims of bullying meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress
Information about the New York City
gay youth study can be found on the Rockway
Institute and the Gay
News Blog web sites. Bullying resources can be found on the Stop Bullying web site.
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women is a serious problem. The problem appears to be more serious for
aboriginal and indigenous women. The Amnesty
International web site has a 2004 report about violence against
aboriginal women in Canada. The report is titled STOLEN SISTERS:
Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada.
Indigenous women appear to be more frequently sexually assaulted. An Amnesty
International article indicates one in three Native American
Alaskan women will be raped at one time in their lives. Amnesty
International is concerned, because many of the crimes are not reported
and women who report rape may have difficulty obtaining justice. The
Amnesty article notes, ? . . . federal policies and practices have
actually denied Native American and Alaska Native women protections
available to other women in the USA.? Another Amnesty
International article states Native American and Native Alaskan
women are 2 ½ times more likely to be raped or sexually
assaulted than other American women.
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are many web sites that promote tolerance, acceptance, and love.
Unfortunately, there are web sites that promote hatred against minority
groups. An Advocate news
story tells us Lithuanian authorities are investigating a web site that
?promotes murdering gays.?
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You may hear the expression that something is ?gift that
keeps on giving.? Hate crimes are a ?gift? of violence and degradation
that keeps on giving. Years after a hate crime, the victims may still
be feeling traumatized. The Advocate/Planet
Out web site tells the story of David Ritcheson. David was beaten
until he passed out. Then he was sodomized with a plastic pole.
According to the article, his attacker was shouting ?white power?
during the attack. Over a year after the hate crime took place, David
Ritcheson took his life.
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Many people use natural law as an
argument to condemn same-gender sexual relationships. They believe
same-gender relationships are not natural, because they are not able to
result in the birth of children. An MSNBC news article
states a museum in Norway has a display ?Against Nature?? which has ?51
species of animals exhibiting homosexuality.? The article states
homosexuality has been seen in more than 1,500 animal species.
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Ex-gays have come
to national attention, because one of the two founders of Young
Gay America, Michael Glatze, announced that he is ex-gay.
Information about Michael Glatze?s announcement can be read on the Pinknews
counselling and ex-gay ministries are very controversial. Many people
seeking ex-gay counselling or going to ex-gay ministries are gay or
bisexual people who wish to become straight. There are serious concerns
among mental health professionals about ex-gay counselling. A few
concerns about ex-gay counselling can be found on the CreatedGay.Com web
Because of Michael Glatze?s announcement, some people may
feel it is possible for gay people to become straight. We urge extreme
caution to anybody considering ex-gay counselling. Three former leaders
of Exodus, a Christian ex-gay ministry, have apologized for the harm
their ministry caused gay people. An article about the apology can be
read on the Advocate
Benjie Nycum was the other founder of Young
Gay America, and was Michael Glatze?s life partner. In an
interview with John McMullen, on gaybc
radio, Benjie Nycum?s voice showed a lot of emotion, as he
expressed loving concern for Michael Glatze. While Michael Glatze?s
revelation might anger many people within the queer community, we
encourage people to respond with kindness. Many people left the ex-gay
movement, finding the ex-gay program was not working for them. Michael
Glatze might find the ex-gay life does not work for him. Should he
decide to leave the movement, Michael will need to feel people will
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A few stories we?ve
been following appear below:
International reports that a Kosovo GLBT activist received death
understand the gay and transgender unit at the New York City Rikers
Island jail is being closed. Amnesty
International is concerned this could expose gay and
trans-identified people to violence. Those interested in learning more
about the issue and in expressing concerns to the Commissioner of the
Department of Corrections will want to visit the Amnesty
International web site.
Unlimited news article says Polish gay rights groups are stating
thousands of Poles have left Poland, because they fear persecution.
June, Robin Malta, a New Orleans community activist was found beaten to
death in his home. An article about Robin?s murder can be found on the Advocate
to an Advocate
news article, Fred Phelps? daughter was arrested for allowing her 10
year-old son stomp on an American flag.
teenager has been indicted in the murder of Roberto Duncanson, a 20
year old gay Brooklyn man. Evidently, Roberto Duncanson ?looked at? the
man accused of murdering Duncanson for being gay. The Advocate
web site has an article providing additional details.
gay Chicago man, Alexander Rupert, is seeking damages after he says the
police beat him up, made anti-gay comments, and confined him in a cell
for two days without food or water. People can consult the Advocate
news site for more information.
article about a Texas man charged with killing Kenneth Cummings Jr.
says he felt he was doing God?s work when he searched gay bars for a
gay person he could kill. News about this disturbing hate crime can be
read on the Advocate
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You Tube videos on topics related to hate follow:
European Racism - a
ten minute documentary about European racism in soccer (European
football). The video discusses how black soccer players are subjected
to racist taunts.
- Anti-Semitism Today!
- a five minute video about anti-Semitism that gives some historical
and contemporary examples of anti-Semitism.
- Sorry Homophobes!
- a five minute video promotes the idea of starting a love cycle, where
gay people and their supporters love homophobic people. The video is by
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