LGBT Advocacy Groups issue letter in support of slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown

18 year old Michael Brown

LGBT advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, GLAAD, Center for Black Equity, Inc., PFLAG National and more have issued a statement in support of slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown and his family.

The shooting death of Brown has inflamed racial tensions across the country. The letter calls for a swift and thorough investigation.

When communities experience fear, harassment and brutality simply because of who they are or how they look, we are failing as a nation. In light of the recent events in Missouri, it is clearer than ever that there is something profoundly wrong in our country.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community cannot be silent at this moment, because LGBT people come from all races, creeds, faiths and backgrounds, and because all movements of equality are deeply connected. We are all part of the fabric of this nation and the promise of liberty and justice for all is yet to be fulfilled.

The LGBT community stands with the family of Michael Brown, who was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. We stand with the mothers and fathers of young Black men and women who fear for the safety of their children each time they leave their homes. We call on the national and local media to be responsible and steadfast in their coverage of this story and others like it–racialized killings that have marred this nation since the beginning of its history. We call on policy makers on all levels of American government not to shrink from action, and we are deeply grateful to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their immediate commitment to a thorough investigation.

At this moment, we are inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies … but the silence of our friends.”

The letter is signed by the following:

ACLU
AIDS United
Center for Black Equity, Inc.
Courage Campaign
Equality Federation
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
GLAAD
GMHC
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Human Rights Campaign
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) PFLAG National
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Soulforce
Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
Trans People of Color Coalition
Transgender Law Center
Trevor Project

Oregon: Another high school shooting

Sadly, another high school shooting has occurred. This time in Troutdale, Oregon, at Reynolds High School.

According to the AP, the shooter is dead. Cause of death unknown at this point.

One victim, a student, was killed.  One teacher sustained a non-life threatening injury.

More at CNN.

Las Vegas shooter interviewed by news during Bundy Ranch stand-off

Jerad and Amanda Miller (via Faceboo)

Saturday’s shooting near Nellis Air Force Base left two police officers and a civilian dead. The shooters have been identified as Jerad and Amanda Miller.

After shooting the two cops at a CiCi’s Pizza, the Miller’s covered the officers with a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag and a swastika.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Jerad posted this to his Facebook page in early May:

“There is no greater cause to die for than liberty. To die for that cause is easy, to live for it is another matter. I will willingly die for liberty.

“Death, in a sense is freedom from tyranny. Death, is the easy way out. Most notably is the “suicide by cop” routine.

“Yes, standing before despots is dangerous and most likely does not end well for you. I know this, my wife knows this. Soon they will come for us, because they don’t like what we think, and what we say. They don’t like the fact that we, simply will not submit to fascist rule.

“We don’t have much, but we are willing to sacrifice everything…….for you, for your freedoms. Even if you wouldn’t let us have ours. We know who we are and what we stand for, do you?”

Local reporter Jon Ralston came across the interview below done during the Bundy Ranch standoff in Nevada some weeks ago.

Father of slain Santa Barbara shooting victim calls out politicians and NRA

Richard Martinez, father of 20-year old Christopher who died on Friday night after being shot by 22-year old Elliot Rodger in the recent Santa Barbara shooting, spoke to the press this weekend issuing the statement below.  From his remarks:

“Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead,” Martinez told reporters in a speech he said was prepared by his family. “Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child — until it does.”

“Chris was a really great kid,” Martinez continued. “Ask anyone who knew him. His death has left our family lost and broken.”

“Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live?

“When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness!’ Too many have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘Not one more!’”


FOX News psychologist fired for inflammatory comments on Santa Barbara shooter

FOX News contributor Dr. Robi Ludwig, who made headlines over the weekend for hypothesizing that Santa Barbara shooter Eliot Rodger went on his rampage because he couldn’t deal with his “homosexual impulses” has been sacked as a spokesperson for Coldwell Banker Real Estate, according to a note left by the company on Facebook after an inquiry from activist Scott Wooledge.

Coldwell Banker posted this statement: “Dr. Robi’s comments on the tragedy in Santa Barbara do not represent the opinions of Coldwell Banker. Therefore at this time we feel it best to part ways with her as our lifestyle real estate correspondent.”

Ludwig issued an apology on Facebook (not on the air where she initially shared her thoughts) after her comments went viral saying:

“I was misunderstood on @FoxNews this weekend, when I was asked to hypothesize several factors which could have triggered ‪#‎ElliotRoger‬’s spree killing.”

“I in NO way meant to indicate being a homosexual or having homosexual impulses is a cause for spree killing. My job on @judgejeanine was to asses several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behavior ‪#‎peace‬ ‪#‎forequalrights‬ However, I apologize to all those who felt offended. That was never my intention.”

(h/t The New Civil Rights Movement)

Fox News Psychotherapist: Santa Barbara shooting may have been triggered by “homosexual impulses”

I was wondering how long it would take Fox News to find a way to blame the gays for the tragic shooting in Santa Barbara Friday.

In a Fox News discussion on the shooting, television psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig hypothesized that 22 year old Elliot Rodger’s shooting rampage, which ended with six dead victims, might have been triggered as an inability to cope with his “homosexual impulses.”

“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him. And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses? Was he angry with women because they were taking away men from him? But this is a kid who couldn’t connect, and felt enraged, and wanted to obliterate anyone that made him feel like a nothing.”

As the world knows from seeing Rodger’s chilling video on YouTube, his issues were with his inability to interest women in dating. Nothing has come to light that would tie Rodger to homosexuality.

But you know Fox News – gotta blame it on the gays somehow.

Fort Hood on lock down after shooting

From Yahoo News: Fort Hood was placed on lockdown Wednesday after a shooting on the Texas military base, officials said.

According to the U.S. Justice Department, the gunman died of self-inflicted wound.

According to KCEN-TV, at least 8 people were injured, four of them critically, in the shooting. The wounded were transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals, Fort Hood officials said.

A spokesman for Fort Hood confirmed to Yahoo News that a shooting took place, but additional details were not immediately available.

Emergency crews, FBI and SWAT teams were called in to the base following the shooting, which occured at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time at a medical building on the sprawling base. Soldiers and area residents were ordered to shelter in place.

Earlier Wednesday, CNN reported that police were initially pursuing a possible second “active” shooter.

President Barack Obama was informed of the reports of the shooting, the White House said.

“The President has been informed of reports of a shooting at Fort Hood. He’ll continue to receive updates on the situation throughout the evening,” principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Read more at Yahoo News

CO: Twelve dead at movie theater shooting in Aurora

Twelve people are dead (earlier reports had the number at 14) and 50 injured after a gunman opened fire at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado late last night.

The AP reports:
The gunman, who is in custody, stood at the front of the theater and fired into the crowd about 12:30 a.m. MDT at a theater at a multiplex theater in a mall in Aurora. Witnesses tell us he released some sort of canister. They heard a hissing sound and some gas emerged and the gunman opened fire,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference. Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said. Officers found the gunman near a car behind the theater. “A gas mask, rifle, handgun at least one additional weapon (were) found inside,” he said.

The suspect arrested is a 24-year-old male. He has been identified as James Holmes.

A somber President Obama addressed the crowd awaiting his Florida campaign stop, telling them that the event was canceled and instead the nation should spend the day in prayer and reflection.

Michelle and I are shocked and saddened by the horrific and tragic shooting in Colorado. Federal and local law enforcement are still responding, and my Administration will do everything that we can to support the people of Aurora in this extraordinarily difficult time. We are committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded. As we do when confronted by moments of darkness and challenge, we must now come together as one American family. All of us must have the people of Aurora in our thoughts and prayers as they confront the loss of family, friends, and neighbors, and we must stand together with them in the challenging hours and days to come.