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"Hate crimes are down this year, almost 30%, but anti-gay hate crimes are up over 70%," said NYC Commissioner Ray Kelly.

There have been twenty-two hate crimes reported in New York this year already. Six of those were within the last 30 days.

Half a century ago, Drag Queens and Bull Dykes inside the Stonewall Inn refused to be lined up, fondled, harassed, and carted off to jail, all for the “crime” of being gay. In the 44 years since then, twelve states have legalized same sex marriage, and SCOTUS will be ruling on Prop 8 and DOMA  very soon (you can follow the live hearings here.)

But New York has taken a significant step backwards with the shocking murder of Mark Carson Friday May 17, in the West Village, just blocks away from the infamous Stonewall Inn.  On Monday this week, after the vigil to collectively mourn the infuriating murder of Mark, two more gay men were beat in separate instances, and all the LGBT community wants to know is why we deserve to be killed for obtaining the same rights given to everyone else.

The lame stream media outlets want to tell us that ‘the polls’ say that 54% of American’s support upholding the Constitution and stand on the side of equality, but yet hate crimes are on the rise. Either that number is fabricated, or people say that they support marriage equality when put on the spot, but then don’t actually do anything to support it. Or, the 46% against equality are just really angry, and really violent.

So how many more of us have to spill blood? We will never spill enough to cure ignorance.

Homosexuality IS NOT the same thing as pedophilia.  They are two completely different things.  Read a book. If you can’t read, watch a documentary. We are equal. We don’t deserve to be shot. We don’t deserve to be beaten. If you’re against homosexuality because you think it’s gross, don’t engage in it. If you’re against homosexuality because you think the cosmic muffin doesn’t approve, then pray for the gays in your muffin tin.  We are equal and don’t deserve violence because our “gay lifestyle” threatens your straight one.

The part of society that is struggling with equality really needs to get a grip. The last thing Mark Carson saw and heard was some angry stranger calling him a faggot, and a blinding flash of fire as he was shot in the face.  That is not the American way, nor is it any part of the American dream. For any of us.

Originally posted to Secular Party of America on Sat May 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays and Street Prophets .

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