Gay Man Killed in Vegas Mass Shooting

So very sad that anyone’s family had to experience death at the hands of this mad man. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s something we can ever change. It’s part of the fabric of this country.

A gay man was killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas, it has emerged.

Cameron Robinson, 28, was shot dead on Sunday night while with his boyfriend Bobby Eardley, 36.

Bobby took shrapnel to the back as gunman Stephen Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured another 527 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

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Wife of Pulse Shooter Arested

Well this is surprising news, I must say. I’m glad she’s been arrested, though. I’m tired of these women pleading ignorance when I’m quite sure the opposite is true.

Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested in California, where she faces charges for aiding and abetting, as well as obstruction of justice. After her husband killed 49 people inside Orlando’s gay nightclub this June, Salman relocated to San Francisco and will make her first appearance tomorrow.

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Matthew Shepard died 18 years ago today

I am loathe to admit that 18 years ago I was in my own little world, ignorant of what went on beyond who I was at the time. My heart breaks for anyone who is ever attacked or even simply ignored and treated as a non-entity because of who they are.

It was 18 years ago today that Matthew Shepard died from severe head injuries after being abducted and tortured by two men who left him to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

The college student was just 21.

The attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for one of the most notorious hate crimes in U.S. history.

‘October is always a very difficult month because it’s the anniversary,’ Shepard’s high school friend, Michele Josue, said last week after a screening on the Paramount Studios lot of her documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine.

‘He was a wonderful human being and we miss him terribly.’

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S. FL LGBTQ bars on alert after threat of Pulse-style massacre

You are seven levels of stupid if you’re going to announce your intentions far in advance and quite publicly so the police and your target can prepare for whatever you think you’re going to do.

Police in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. suburb are looking for a man with an extensive criminal record who posted a frightening threat on Facebook: “It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers,” and “None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse Nightclub shooting was bad, wait ’til you see what I’m planning for Labor Day.”

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Survivors

This is a poem from a young woman – Patience Carter – who was lucky enough to be one of those who didn’t die at the nightclub massacre. Yet she feels guilt because there are 49 other individuals who didn’t make it. Survivor’s guilt is a real thing and we must embrace Ms Carter and all others in her situation. It’s not their fault any of this happened and there’s no real answer of why she survived when others didn’t.

The guilt of feeling grateful to be alive is heavy.
Wanting to smile about surviving but not sure if the people around you are ready.
As the world mourns the victims killed and viciously slain,
I feel guilty about screaming about my legs and pain,
Because I could feel nothing like the other 49,
Who weren’t so lucky to feel this pain of mine.
I never thought in a million years that this could happen.
I never thought in a million years that my eyes could witness something so tragic.
Looking at the souls leaving the bodies of individuals.
Looking at the killer’s machine gun throughout my right peripheral.
Looking at the blood and debris covered on everyone’s faces.
Looking at the gunman’s feet under the stall as he paces.
The guilt of feeling lucky to be alive is heavy.
It’s like the weight of the ocean’s walls crushing uncontrolled by levies.
It’s like being drug through the grass with a shattered leg and thrown in the back of a Chevy.
It’s like being rushed to the hospital and told you’re going to make it, when you laid beside individuals whose lives were brutally taken.
The guilt of being alive is heavy.

© 2016 Patience Carter

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The Victims

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Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34

Stanley Almodovar III, 23

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20

Luis S. Vielma, 22

Kimberly Morris, 37

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30

Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25

Amanda Alvear, 25

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 

Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25 

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40

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Police: Sexuality Not Main Factor In Dad’s Killing Of Gay Son

I’m sorry, but police officers are not psychologists. No matter what was said, you’re a bit naive if you think sexuality wasn’t a bigger factor than claimed.

Los Angeles police detectives said this week that the primary reason a man fatally shot his adult son was not because his son was gay, as prosecutors previously alleged over the weekend.

LAPD homicide Detective John Doerbecker told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that Shehada Issa’s anger over the sexual orientation of his 38-year-old son, Amir Issa, was a factor in his murder, but not the main motivation.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office previously said Amir was 29.

Doerbecker told the Times that Shehada was possibly trying to cover up that he had stabbed his wife to death the previous day.

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An Interesting Note

Hello Lovelies!

Since I can’t really have a radio here in my office, I often listen to videos on YouTube. I like the half-hour documentary style show Forensic Files and have started listening/watching those since the show I really wanted to listen to/watch was cut off from YouTube (City Confidential). I don’t have any sort of pattern to my listening/watching; I just click on whatever is next in line. The one I’m on this morning seems to stem from an incident in 2000. I find it interesting that one of the women involved in the story refers to the woman she lived with in 2000 as her lover – they were in love and “it was real” – but the narrator and everyone else refers to the second woman merely as a roommate. We’ve certainly come a long way in 16 years!

If you’re interested in seeing the episode…

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A U.S. Marine’s Conviction In The Death Of A Philippine Trans Woman

A sad story and I hope Jennifer has found some peace. 😦 Pemberton certainly doesn’t deserve to get off as lightly as he has if there was evidence the two had intercourse. Clearly at that point he knew Jennifer was a transgender and he could’ve walked away, but he chose not to and then chose to kill her.

It’s close to midnight in early December on Waterfront Road in Olongapo, Philippines, which stretches along the water’s edge where U.S. military vessels dock. Dimly lit by yellow tungsten lamps, women’s figures in tight clothing — short dresses or body-hugging jeans — walk down the street, shadows covering their faces. The women tend to travel in small groups of two to six, as do larger figures that come into sight less frequently: foreign men, as it turns out, mostly white, a few black. There are rows of tiny lights on the ocean tonight, from a couple of U.S. military ships in the distance.

At the Olongapo Hall of Justice the afternoon before, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was sentenced to six to twelve years in Philippine prison for killing Jennifer Laude, a trans Filipina sex worker, in October 2014. His sentence was downgraded from the usual 20 to 40 years for homicide under Philippine law, in part because Laude failed to disclose to Pemberton that she was trans.

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