As Towleroad reported yesterday, J.P. Masterson and his partner Peter Moore had been celebrating their 10th anniversary when they were attacked by a man on the W. 4th Street subway station in Greenwich Village early Sunday morning.
“I f–king hate faggots,” is what the suspect, believed to be about 5’8″, 170 pounds, and in his late 20′s, said to the couple before striking Masterson and pushing him toward the tracks, they say.
Masterson added that he was very disappointed that when the attack happened, no one on the crowded subway platform called police or did anything. There were about 50 people on the platform at the time, he said.
“I want my New Yorkers to step up and help me out, because, you know, at the end of the day, we’re all just people,” he said.
But as he waited to undergo surgery, Masterson vowed that he is bruised, but not broken. “You might beat me down, and I might look real grotesque right now, but I’m still standing,” he said.
On March 6, GetEQUAL Mississippi — a statewide grassroots social justice organization working toward the full equality of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Mississippians — issued a “travel alert” to any LGBT person planning travel to the state.
This alert has been issued based on the fact that Mississippi is on the cusp of passing Senate Bill 2681 — the so-called “Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act” — through the House, and then sending it to the governor for signature or veto.
Similar bills have been introduced in other states across the country, and all have failed to pass. A nearly identical bill was passed through the Arizona legislature, only to be vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer. Civil rights and legal groups across the country have denounced these “license to discriminate” bills as unconstitutional.
“This bill is progressing at a very rapid rate, making my beautiful state a potentially dangerous place for anyone perceived as ‘different’ from the right-wing extremists who have crafted this bill,” said Zach Magee, an organizer with GetEQUAL Mississippi and a Mississippi native. “While the LGBT community — including both residents and visitors — will be negatively impacted by this bill, it is also a license to discriminate against any group seen as ‘different,’ including women, racial or ethnic minorities, or immigrants. Religious freedom, in my eyes, does not mean blatant discrimination of any kind — unfortunately, discrimination is a fundamental part of this bill.”
In response to a unanimous Senate vote for this bill and the swift movement of the bill to the Mississippi House, GetEQUAL Mississippi has issued the following travel alert for all LGBT people planning travel to Mississippi. This extends to families, tourists, casino travelers, meeting planners, hotel staff, convention-goers, business travelers, and all others who might be considering travel to the area.
TRAVEL ALERT – MISSISSIPPI
GetEQUAL Mississippi alerts those traveling to the state of a continued risk of discrimination based upon sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The State of Mississippi does not currently protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (“LGBT”) people from being legally ejected from their hotel rooms or other places of public accommodation, and is on the cusp of passing legislation that would give business owners even more latitude to legally discriminate against minority groups.
Those who are required to travel to Mississippi are encouraged to take the following precautions:
- Avoid traveling alone in the state.
- Only book travel at hotels which have policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Visit only known LGBT-friendly establishments, including restaurants, bars and venues.
- Be aware of your surroundings and adopt other appropriate safety measures to protect yourself while traveling.
GetEQUAL Mississippi will continue to monitor this situation and update travelers as needed.
By Andrew Potts on gaystarnews.com
Photo by the White House
The Dalai Lama has told veteran US talk show host Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with same-sex couples being allowed to marry but stopped short of saying it was acceptable in Buddhism.
The Dalai Lama made the comments in an interview to be aired 10 March on Ora.tv, saying it was up to individual countries whether they legalized same-sex marriage.
‘That I think is a personal matter,’ the Dalai Lama said of the international debate over the rights of LGBTI people.
‘I think that’s an individual’s business,’ the Dalai Lama said, ‘ That, you should follow according to your own tradition.’
“Bullying – that’s totally wrong, that’s a violation of human rights.’
The Dalai Lama said Buddhism held that there were various forms of sexual misconduct but for non-believers he just hoped their relationships were safe and fully consensual.
He said same-sex marriage was an ‘individual business.’
If two people … really feel that way, it’s more practical, satisfactory, and both sides fully agree, then OK.’
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dalai-lama-says-he%E2%80%99s-ok-same-sex-marriage070314#sthash.0cze7WqC.dpuf