This article by a superior talanted blogger, who I follow, Makes Me Go……Hummmm😡 and a little bit angry, but it does really make you think. To me that is what, blogging is all about, to give information, insite and opinions of just an everyday person, like myself. That is why I believe this article is worth re-blogging, and not just a comment at the bottom. So here’s my opinion…..😌 for what it’s worth😨❗
Matthew Sheppard, for what ever reason, was murdered by two homophobic white supremacist (by their own admissions) and unfortunately he is not the only, casualty of many year’s of prosecution , of homophobic hate groups and religious organizations, who promote hatred and bigotry, in the fight for the LGBTQ communities to just have basic and equal rights under the law! Let me share a personal example; In 2001, I was abducted by three, young teenagers in North Las Vegas, NV. All three were children or grandchildren of the Arian Brotherhood, in that area and targeted me, simply because I was an openly gay man and because I was also a simi-famous male model. My abduction and toucher was due to the fact, because of their initiation into the white supremacist gang as official adult members. I was 38 year’s young at the time and majority owner of a 5 star restaurant on Las Vegas Blvd South. I was not on crystal meth or any other illegal narcotics and was not out cruising for sex. I was in the first year of my now, 19 year relationship, to my wonderful husband Francisco, whom I married legally in, January 2016! I was held for 2 days and literally tourched. I was stabbed, numerous times, shot with a pellet gun 24 times, (I still have a few of those pellets, in areas that would cause possible nerve damages, if removed, in various parts of my body) was repeatedly hit in the head with a pipe (I had 5 years of reconstruction surgery, on my face because of this) electrocuted in the groin area, had my penis/ball sack bound so tight that it caused gangrene to my ball sack, had my spleen removed in emergency surgery, lost four and a half pints of blood, spent 6 months fighting many different staff infections due to bodily excretions I was forced to eat and was pretty much with in hours of losing my life!💀 The reason I survived, was simply due to the fact that one of the kids grandmothers and high ranking member of this supremacist gang, remember me as one of the, Calvin Klein and Andrew Christian underwear models from the 80s & 90s and was actually thought I was hot. So as messed up as I was, she said that if I was able to preform intercourse with her, she would be able to prove I in fact was not a homosexual and that her grandchildren had made a mistake and they would have to let me go, now wether that was true or not we will never know. After, being raped by her and her boyfriend (yes boyfriend) and being injected with a form of meth called peanut butter ( which was the first time I had ever done any illegal narcotics, much less anything intravenously, not done by a doctor) I was taken by her and the boyfriend to a hospital and dumped at the emergency room door! I spent 3 months in the hospital, the first month just fighting for my life. Ignored by the police, when it became known I was gay, and because I had been forcibly injected with a form of meth. originally wrote into their reports that, ” the incident was due to homosexual activity and drug addiction” which none of this was true. The physical pain of this was no where near, the years of emotional suffering I endured and 40% of the emotional pain was caused by the ignorance and bigotry of the police detectives who just wrote me off mainly because of my sexual orientation. Believe me the absolute worst part, was after I was released from the hospital and went down to the police station to talk with detectives ( they could not be bothered to come to me, the three months I was hospitalized) we were ignored and put off, and one of the detectives even wrote a note on top of. The 300 page detailed reports, to the district attorneys office, “WHY SHOULD WE DESTROY THE LIVES OF THREE YOUNG WHITE KIDS OVER SOME OLD FAGIOT”! Refuring to the new hate crime laws (thanks to the law’s passed , because of Matthew Sheppards sacrifice and his mother’s campaigning) that had just been passed, adding another 25 years to every charge, that they were able to get a conviction on. This complete act of indifference and bigotry from the north Las Vegas police department went on for months, until my mother called her good friend, of 20 years, newly elected President George W. Bush’s wife. Who was nice enough to put in a call to, the then Republican Governor of Nevada, on my mother’s and my behalf. The next day, I had the detectives and a few high ranking police officers from, not only the, North Las Vegas police department, but the Las Vegas police department knocking on my door. Two years and nine months after, I had been kidnapped, tortured, sexually assaulted/raped, endured extreme emotional/physical (past and present) pain, forcibly drugged and falsely accused of being a drug addict, sexual predator, (by various bigoted, religious and social groups due to the fact both guys were 19 and the girl was 17, at the time I was 38) in the media and in the 7 months of court proceedings. All three, were convicted of numerous changes, (5 for the girl, 9 for each of the guys) and added to each charge was, a 25 year straight time after serving their, sentences for the original charges. I received so much hatered from, church organizations, police officers, and just every day people, my husband and I had to relocate to another state for 3 years just to live a normal life. I could not stand in front of a window at night for year’s because of this, along with other crippling phobias I have spent year’s working out in therapy, but the absolute worst part is the trust I lost for people and still haven’t fully recovered, 17 year’s later.
So, yes the crystal meth and drug addiction, has, is and will be a major problem in the LGBTQ communities as well as, the public communities everywhere, but unless you were there, either being the victim or the perpetrator of any physical attack, towards members of the LGBTQ communities or victims of any horrific physical crime, you can only guess at why of what circumstances led to the, crime! Like it was said in the article above, people and organizations have a way of twisting incidents to help their own causes and agendas. Just like, many Christian😈 churches and organizations, twist the bible to vindicate or excuse their bigoted hate filled agendas, to force people to believe in their fairytales and find excuses to get away with violence & murder!😱 Unfortunately, the one thing our Lord God in heaven gave each and everyone of us, is free will, freedom of choice to live the life we choose! When we die, we answer to God, not to the Gerry Falwells of the world and God. So after hearing my personal story of being and surviving a physical hate crime incident, ask yourself what is; is this his story, their story or the the real story. Remember, many so-called Christian churches not only financed the defense of the, two men who murdered Matthew Sheppard, (which is so hypocritical, sending a message” God says it’s okay to murder a man, but not okay to love him) but used Matthew Sheppards head bouncing around in flames as screen savers. His death, is one of the worst examples of a homophobic hate crime, to date, before during and after the incident. So you can say twist or add anything you want to his story, but no matter what the circumstances were leading up to it or what he may or may not been on, Matthew Sheppard did not deserve to die at the hands of two self proclaimed white supremacist, who did in fact rob him of his possessions and his life. Both men where in a gay establishment (bar), with plans to rob and kill (at their own admissions) “a fagiot” 😡 and thanks to his and many others sacrifice, I am now able to, be with the man I have loved for 19 years in a legal monogamous marriage, with out fear and prosecution! In 1982 I had to leave my home state, because of a homophobic law called the “Sodomy Law” in which two consenting adults of the same sex engaging in sex, could be arrested on a sex change and put in jail. The last state ( my home state) finally was forced to get rid of this bigoted ridiculous homophobic law in 2005, and for the first time I was able to move back home, with my husband, but unfortunately it took away many close relationships with me family simply because I was forced to live so faraway from my family just to be the man God created me to be, these are just a few of the reasons people like, the author of the above blog, 20 years after the fact, make me so angry when they try to sugar coat of diminish the importance of any life changing event, especially when it involves the sacrifice of someone’s life.
Thank you Matthew and a hug thanks to his mother, who since then has campaigned tirelessly, to bring a positive change out of the tragic loss of her beautiful son!
This is the way I see it, on something that makes me go Hummmm!😉