Gay panic defense
Let’s call “gay-panic” what it is: a hate crime.
Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts want to curb the controversial tactic.
It's easy to say it's "just a costume," and at the end of the night, you can take it off. But we can't take off our transness, and we will continue having to live with the consequences of the subtle, casual hatred your costume embodies.
The insanity defense, which dates back to ancient times, is a controversial defense option. In fact, not all 50 states allow an insanity defense, and several of those that do have rejected "not guilty by reason of insanity" in favor of the less-forgiving "guilty but insane."
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
The shooting of Trayvon Martin is a national tragedy that has left many Americans surprised and dismayed. For students of gay rights in the United States, the emerging facts of the case, and particularly how police appear to have handled it, are eerily familiar.
Only two people know what really happened in that apartment on Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates in the early hours of March 5th 2008. One of the men is dead.
The article "Young, Gay and Murdered" in Newsweek is one of the poorest examples of journalism I've ever read. To take a kid who is dead and report on how he "asked for it?" That is a hate crime.