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This morning devastating news broke.

Last night at Puzzles Lounge a gay bar in New Bedford three patrons were attacked. A young man entered the bar, asked the bartender if it was a gay bar. The bartender confirmed that it was and the young man went to the back of the room and proceeded to axe a patron in the head, pulled out a gun a fired on the crowd.

Certainly this swells and overwhelms us with uncertainty and emotion. Now is the time when we must send a message of love, tolerance, and respect for LGBT people. We of course are hurt and angry an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, something we all learned when Mathew Sheppard was murdered. This has all the elements of pre-meditated, calculated, extermination.

In this sad hour and the more that are sure to come over the next day we must know our resolve. We must NOT be silent, we must NOT be complacent, and we must NOT be scared. This is your call to action: you must organize, you must call the groups you belong to and demand action, you must call your legislators, and you must write your newspaper. You, we, all must take care of ourselves and each other. This is a reminder that we are not safe.

Take care. Take action.

Jesse Sullivan

2 comments:

Mark D. Snyder said...

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Statement on New Bedford Hate Crime:

Our deepest sympathy, hope, and encouragement go out to the victims and families affected by this event. A crime against one of us is a crime against all of us.

This was a horrific, tragic, and disgusting crime based up on the hatred of gay and lesbian people. Everyone should be united in their outrage against such horrific hate crimes.

This is a sad reminder that we need strong, effective hate crime laws. And it is a sick reality that while the Bush Administration and other conservatives continue their political attacks on LGBT people, the physical attacks and teen suicide rates continue to increase.

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Tyler Dawbin said...

Yes, blame Bush...he's the reason why this kid went crazy. Heck, it fits your model...run with it!

It is a very sad thing that happened in New Bedford, and it is even more sad to see the LGBT community stick that in their arsenal against conservatives.

I know...I'll blame LGBT's for burning down the Southern Baptist Churches! Heck, it "fits my model" so why not "run with it"?

That was a joke...not to be taken literally.