The consequences of the right-wing’s constant demonization of LGBT Americans as predators and deviants were made shockingly clear this weekend. Brittany Nicole Wallace of Plainsville, Kentucky, was viciously assaulted this weekend by an unknown bigot, who beat her senseless while saying “people like her made him hate the world.” Even worse, bystanders simply stood and watched as a hate crime was being committed, with nobody lifting a finger to save the woman from her assailant.
ATTN announced that the assailant has been arrested and jailed for his actions.
It is deeply disturbing to know that there are people out there for whom the very existence of non-heteronormative sexualities drives them to violence and makes them “hate the world.” The hateful smearing of LGBT people by the Christian right-wing is just another example of how conservatives attack the most vulnerable minorities to wage their harmful culture wars and impose their misconceptions of gender and femininity on a populace that doesn’t reflect them – and brutal hate crimes like this are the result.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.