From Scott Hall, founder of Gay American Heroes Foundation, an anti-violence project:
I'm sorry to have to say that we have had two LGBT, hate crime murders in December and now we have possibly three more. This would bring the total for LGBT, hate crime murders in 2008 to 37 human beings. This equates to a LGBT, hate crime murder every 9 days in the USA in 2008. And, this is just we know of because 19 states still do not report LGBT hate crimes. Our HEROES are being stolen from us and their family and friends because of hate and those who teach hate.
We should not, and will not, live in fear. Gay American Heroes is here to face head-on ongoing violence against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people and fight those who otherwise seek to enslave us in their belief system.
So, until we, as the LGBT community, are extended the same rights, freedoms, and protections that every other American enjoys, Gay American Heroes will be united in the fight for respect, dignity, and equal protections under the law as defined in our Constitution. We will win this civil rights and human rights battle through awareness, education, perseverance for justice for all humanity.
Please join us, and help Honor our Heroes. You can show your support today by going to www.GayAmericanHeroes.com and Adopt a Hero Today!
December 18,2008 Three Black Gay Men Murdered in New Orleans, Police Hunt for Suspects
Thanks to Lisa Moore, the fab editor of black LGBT-themed Redbone Press, for the heads up. New Orleans police have identified three black men who were gunned down in a 7th Ward home. The men were apparently gay, one possibly transgender, and police "believe the three victims knew their killers."
The victims were all from Mississippi and living together in a home on the 2500 block of Pauger Street. They are identified as Felix Pearson, 19; Kenneth Monroe, 27; and Darriel Wilson, 20. Nola.com reports the men were found Saturday afternoon after the building manager "said he saw the lower half of a man's body through a window and called 911."
Initial reports suggest the victims were black gay men and one possibly trans. A police source is quoted as saying "one" of the victim's "was wearing women's clothes." The Times Picayune also publishes a crime scene photo and the victims friends are clearly family. Local radio reports have reportedly outed the victims, says Eddie Warren, a Rod 2.0 reader in Metaire. "The victims were identified as gay on a call-in show on WYLD," he says, referring to a popular black station
Friends of Darriel Wilson have created a memorial page on Facebook.
So far there are more than 180 friends-many are from Mississippi and/or Wilson's hometown of Hattiesburg-and clearly many are other black gay men. Several Facebook friends are members of the ballroom community, too. Funeral arrangements are not complete for Wilson. No word yet on arrangements for Pearson and Monroe. There is also no word yet on a possible motive for the triple murder but it may be too early to speculate on a hate crime theory. There were no signs of a home invasion and authorities believe "the victims and their killer or killers were associates and may have entered the home together."Regardless of the motive, there are three more deaths of black gay men to add to the crime blotter. What a way to end the year.