Posted by: Catherine Lugg | August 23, 2011

Young gay man murdered

And this time it happened in Waterloo, Iowa, the hometown of professional homophobe and GOP presidential candidate, Michelle Bachmann. According to a local paper:

Police confirmed that 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews was officially pronounced dead at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Relatives and acquaintances said he died after being removed from life support at an Iowa City hospital.

“It’s just not fair,” said friend Nakita Wright. “I don’t wish that to happen to my worst enemy.”

Officers and paramedics said they found Andrews unconscious with severe head injuries in the early morning hours Friday.

…..
Night found him at Nakita Wright’s home on Cottage Street.

She said the problems started at about 12:45 a.m. Friday when she and Tudia Simpson, her cousin, went for a walk down the street. Andrews opted to stay behind, waiting on the enclosed porch, she said.

The two women hadn’t made it as far as Adams Street a block away when they heard yelling back at the house. They ran back and found a truck stopped in the street, and the occupants were taunting Andrews, calling him “faggot” and “Mercedes,” a feminization of his first name, Simpson said.

There have been no arrests, although his attackers CLEARLY knew Andrews.

I will merely point out that there is over 30 years of data that clearly indicate when you have anti-queer politicians running about, the queer-bashings spike (See “The low road to violence,” by James Allon Garland to start). It is MUUUCH worse when campaigns have national exposure. Given the pronounced homophobia at the national level of the GOP, we could be in for a very bloody election cycle.

Back to my writing….

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