The 21-year-old Muslim woman, who was four months pregnant, was physically attacked by two men. The attackers first tried taking her headscarf off and later cut off her hair and tore part of her clothing. After she screamed out that she was pregnant, one of the attackers started kicking her in the stomach.
“The abuser who hides the birth control pills, the sleaze who slips off the condom, the anti-choice protester yelling invective at women seeking abortions, and the politician writing laws to make it harder to get contraception and abortion are all pieces of the same puzzle.”
Kevin Kiadii, a 25-year-old freelance makeup artist, was attacked in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, marking the tenth anti-gay attack in New York City in May alone.
Kiadii says four teens approached him and his friend. Trying to diffuse a potential situation, Kiadii offered them a soda but one of the teens got in his face and began screaming antigay epithets at him. After one took a fighting stance, Kiadii told them to back off.
“When I said that, the one that was really intoxicated jumped into my face and said, ‘I’m going to [expletive] you up’ and do this and ‘you F and [expletive],’ and I went into my bag, and pulled out my bottle of perfume, to imitate pepper spray,” Kiadii told CBS New York.
The teens attacked and one tried to kick Kiadii in the face, but missed, hitting his shoulder. Kiadii managed to dial 911 and hand his phone to a bystander. Police quickly responded and the teens, ranging in age from 13 to 18, were arrested and charged with a hate crime.
What the hell is going on over there, New York? Ten in a month? Why?
Clément Méric, an 19-year-old college student and gay rights activist in France, was murdered by far-right skinheads at a train station in Paris yesterday. What’s worse is that anti-gay activists say France’s newly-passed marriage equality law is the reason for his death and the slew of other anti-gay attacks becoming more frequent in France.
First it was France’s top Catholic official giving a creepy statement that seemed to justify the violence, and threaten more, while claiming to condemn it.
“[French President] Hollande wants blood, and he’s going to get it. Everyone is furious. We live in a dictatorship.”
And now, in response to the attack on young Clément Méric, Barjot has penned a piece that again denounces the violence, but then turns around and, incredibly, blames gay marriage supporters for the right-wing’s murder of this young man. Here’s Barjot:
“This extreme fight is the result of a power that for nine months has refused to listen to the French people. The President has caused extremism to grow by passing a law that the French didn’t want, and in a manner that was authoritarian and undemocratic. When we refuse to act like a democracy, extremism grows. In a way, you could say that there was a death because of this denial of democracy.”