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http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-have-no-suspects-in-reported-hate-crime/article_7f7885ce-ceb6-5ced-93bc-24c101aab53b.html

This is why I am such a strong advocate of LGBT Equality. I know for a fact that if the woman had been a straight, Christian woman, people would be up in arms about this. Or if she was a straight, black woman. But since she's a lesbian, there are people trying to sweep this under the rug. They want to minimize this since she's not straight.

What this post is partially about is to get the word out about this. I've already posted a bunch on Facebook, to the various equality groups I'm a member of, but I figure this is also an outlet that needs to be reached. Part of this is going to get very ranty very shortly, because this kind of crap shouldn't still be happening in 2012.

On that second note... NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, should ever have to feel afraid in their own home, walking out on the streets, on the road, or anywhere. Nobody should have to fear that the next turn might bring them face to face with a person or persons who want to do them harm because of who they are. It doesn't matter if you're gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, transgender, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Agnostic, Atheistic, Catholic, Pagan, male, female, white, a person of color, or anything else that's protected under the laws of this land. That we're still having hate crimes committed, in 2012, is just sad.

It breaks my heart to know that there is a woman who is afraid to return to her home, in a community where she's been a pillar of support, because three assholes decided they were going to try and kill her because of who she is. It breaks my heart to know that if she had been a straight woman, people would be screaming for justice and possibly even revenge, but since she's a lesbian, they're trying to minimize this and trying to make it go away. It shouldn't have happened, and it's upsetting that it did. It would upset me even if she were a straight woman, because NOBODY deserves what happened to her. It would upset me even if she had different religious beliefs than I do.

I'm not a bigot. I'm not a heathen, and I'm sure as hell not an extremist in any sense of the word. I'm just someone who thinks that equal rights should include EVERYONE. Not just those who fit the mold. I know this makes me a bit unpopular, but until there is equality for everyone, I will continue to rant, rave, get mad, and spread the word.

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