Silence = Death

“That shirt makes you look…gay!”

or

“Did you see that?  Is ‘that a man or a woman?”

or

My favorite…”Married, really?  What does your husband do for work?”

Still, I am sorry to say, assumptions prevalent to this day.  Not from you or I (hopefully.)  But from those who hold, with a firm grip, phobias…that delve far deeper than my OCD.

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Homophobia…. It was a fear of homosexuals which seemed to be associated with a fear of contagion, a fear of reducing the things one fought for — home and family. It was a religious fear and it had led to great brutality as fear always does.

Has this nonsensical fear dribbled over to our courts?  Our judges, some of which are appointed by heterosexual, evangelic males/females, caucasian…?  And/or, jurors?

This Inmate Argued He Was Sentenced to Death Because He’s Gay. SCOTUS Just Refused to Hear His Case.

April 15, 2019: On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to take up the case of Charles Rhines, a gay South Dakota death row inmate, who argued that anti-gay discrimination compromised the jury in his murder trial.

read more at -www.motherjones.com/author/nathalie-baptiste/

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“If he’s gay we’d be sending him where he wants to go” because a men’s prison would be a pleasant outcome. Another juror, Harry Keeney, said that since Rhines is gay, “he shouldn’t be able to spend his life with men in prison.” A third juror, Bennett Blake, told an investigator that the defendant’s sexuality was a frequent point of discussion. “There was a lot of disgust. This is a farming community,” Blake said. “There were lots of folks who were like, ‘Ew, I can’t believe that.’” 

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