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To my San Diego friends


Please be careful. My friend fernanb's friend Jarom was attacked on Washington Street earlier this week, and has since passed away. Yes, it was a gay bashing, so please, be careful - it seems we're not even safe in our own neighborhood. Combined with my friend Shawn, the director of the UCSD LGBT Center, who was pelted with eggs while walking with his boyfriend earlier this year, it just makes me worried.

Bah.

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fernanb
Dec. 31st, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
You're sad, too...so I shall be giving you a big

montrealais
Dec. 31st, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh, gods...

may his passage bring him to a world beyond fear and beyond hatred,
may his soul survive forever in the hearts of those whom he loved,
and may the persecution end and freedom and justice spread over the land.
akirashima
Dec. 31st, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
sigh


it still amazes me that Love is something so powerful that it drives people to kill and to cause such pain.
it seems to me that this is the reason such crimes are commitied. In the name of thier god whom they love and fear. the upbringings they had where the people they loved told them such poisonus lies. the fact that they are gay themselves and fear what will happen to them if they allowed such love into thier lives. so they seek out reminders of that part of them selves and destroy it. and still more people who are so angry that they have no love in thier lives that they must destroy the love in others lives. And such behaviour does not stop in is such cross cultrual battles. there is pelnty of horror in the realms of gay and straight and bi people that they bring on themselves through tainted love... desire of love. need for love. fear of love.

for good or ill love is the most powerful force. you do know that hate is love too
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esprix
Dec. 31st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yes. His family is telling people it was a car accident. Way to compound the situation.
paladin_of_gaia
Dec. 31st, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
And you wonder why I am so outraged most of the time?
esprix
Dec. 31st, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
It would seem to me to be better for one's mental health to be a little more judicious about what one rails against. Blowing up at every single thing that isn't fair in the world only leads to agita.
robdamnit
Dec. 31st, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
For all the years we have been fighting, for all the progress we have made, still it goes on. It could have been any of us on that street that day. This is perhaps the fundamental thing our allies can so rarely fully grasp. Until our love is no longer considered perversion, until bigotry is no longer protected by the tattered shroud of piety, until we are truly full citizens of our respective nations, we will always be less than people and always be targets. May our compassion strengthen each other in the face of tragedy and our combined outrage fuel the engines of change.

Please accept my sympathies on your loss.
gingy
Dec. 31st, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
That's awful. I'm sorry to hear of it. Some free country, eh?
amazonatheart
Dec. 31st, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
omg...here in California?!? Why haven't I seen this in the news... It's truly a shame that still in 2005 this kind of thing can be happeneing...
esprix
Dec. 31st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Honey, it happens all the time.
avagoyle
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
That's horrific :/ I had hoped that California was light years ahead of the Midwest but we still have a long way to go.
glittercat13
Jan. 2nd, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
*sigh* My deep condolences to those who knew and loved him and my concern for *everyone* who's at hazard of being a similar target, whatever the reason.

It's odd, isn't it, that the concept of someone else's happiness, if it doesn't fit in some people's narrow little descriptions, can cause them to act out in such hatred and fear to cause such pain and sorrow. Sucketh! Seriously.

It sure would be nice to think that, at this time, in this country and state, this would have ceased being an issue.

Have I mentioned lately how very much I'm glad to see the end of 2006? I hold out the hope that 2007 will be better. Not great, necessarily. Just . . . *better.*

(((hugs)))
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