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News :: GLBT/Queer
Anti-Queer Violence
28 Feb 2005
On Saturday, Feb. 19th, there was an attack on a person who had just left LiQuid, "the new Hollywood"/dyke dance night. LiQuid is located in downtown Boston, near Copley.
The attack involved three men in baseball caps who assaulted a white dyke who was walking by herself and was some distance from the club.
During the attack, they used a knife to carve the word fag into her body, and caused a number of other injuries.
Please be aware of this event when you are considering the safety of yourself, your friends, and other queers you know. All the reasons behind this attack are unknown, but it is clear that it was motivated by homophobic and anti-queer sentiments.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of anti-queer violence, you can call Fenway Community Health Center for counseling or to report to their anonymous line. To contact their Violence Recovery Program, call (617) 927-6250, or toll-free: 1-800-834-3242. Or email: VRP (at) fenwayhealth.org. To call their 24 hour crisis hotline, dial (617) 267-9001.
Please tell your friends about this. We need to take care of each other.

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Re: Anti-Queer Violence
01 Mar 2005
this is horrifying. were police or local media contacted? this story should get out to as many people as possible.
Re: Anti-Queer Violence
02 Mar 2005
Unless it's made up. Not that I doubt nor underestimate the level of hateful homophobia in this country, but our sensationalist news would be all over this.

If the Herald doesn't have some ridiculous "Crossdresser Assaulted by Sox fans!" front page. No sign of anything in the Globe, South End News, or the Back Bay Courant...

Amazingly, not even Bay Windows has an article about it.

Makes one wonder...No, wait it doesn't. It's obviously fake.
Re: Anti-Queer Violence
03 Mar 2005
Rhett, are you basically saying that if it isn't in the mainstream news, it isn't real? Compare the hate crime stats to the number of times hate crimes are reported in the papers. It's clear that many aren't reported!

Why not? Maybe the person assaulted didn't reveal the story until a few days later. Maybe she didn't want to reveal her name. Maybe she just didn't send out a press release and the mainstream media didn't pick up on it. Who knows? But the fact thta it hasn't been in the headlines doesn't prove that it didn't happen. If only.
Re: Anti-Queer Violence
03 Mar 2005
If she chose not to report the incident to the police, then it would not be in the media. Maybe independent sources are the ways that she has chosen to let people know what happened.
Re: Anti-Queer Violence
03 Mar 2005
This piece of "news" started as a Friendster post. It's made it's way all over Friendster and onto MySpace and even onto Craigslist. It's been two weeks and it's still being reposted (the message asks to be continually reposted). The original headline claimed that the attack "happened" outside of the club. People have verfied with others who were at the club when it was open and after it closed (staff/security was there for while after) plus others who hung around outside, it did not happen outside the club. The original headline was removed once that was made known.

This piece of "news" has been around since Feb 23. It's still the only information that exists, nothing else.

There is a lot of skeptism about this attack being real among the lesbian community. There are a few theories - everything from a guy deciding to have some fun and rile everyone up - to another club promoter making up a story to hurt the competition on same night (which given past history, isn't far fetched). It did freak a lot of people out. Maybe that was it's only purpose?