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October 30, 2019

TENN. Students Kicked Out of Frat Party For Being Gay




By Quinn Gawronski
The University of Memphis has opened an investigation after two students claimed they were kicked out of an off-campus fraternity party and berated with homophobic slurs for being gay.
“We were just wanting to have a night out for fun,” one of the students, sophomore Benjamin Buckley, told WMC News 5, NBC’s local Memphis affiliate.
Buckley and Luke Chapman, a senior exchange student from the United Kingdom, said they went to the party Friday with a group of friends. They were then approached by several male students who they say forcibly pushed them out of the house and into the rain while yelling anti-gay slurs.
“When he chucked us out, it was something along the lines of, ‘You don’t belong here, f----t,’” Chapman said of one of the students who physically removed Buckley and him.
Buckley said one of the men looked at him and said, “I’m going to beat the f----t out of you. I’m going to beat the life out of you.”
Benjamin Buckley and Luke Chapman.
Benjamin Buckley and Luke Chapman.WMC
After they were able to find their friends and leave, Chapman went home that night and wrote a Facebook post about the incident. He said he was amazed by the response he received the following morning.
“I had so many messages of support and so many people messaging me offering to help,” Chapman said.
Once university officials saw Chapman’s post, they opened an investigation into the incident, according to WMC News 5. The university president, David Rudd, also released a statement to faculty and students via email.
“As a reminder, one of our core values is diversity and inclusion,” Rudd wrote. “The University of Memphis is a community where everyone is respected, included and given the opportunity to excel. This is a value we embrace with conviction.” 
Buckley and Chapman said they’re pleased that the university is addressing the issue and hope the incident sparks a larger conversation around homophobia on campus. They also said they want the students who kicked them out of the party while yelling homophobic slurs to be held accountable.
“It actually reflects a lot of what’s happening in society today,” Buckley said of the incident. “We can understand that and grow from that.”
While the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is estimated by Gallup to comprise 4.5 percent of the U.S. population, LGBTQ people make up more than 16 percent of federally reported hate crimes, according to the FBI’s 2017 hate crimes report. In 2017, the number of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes increased by 3 percent compared to the year prior. 
Jojo Sigala, a representative for the Memphis Progressive Student Alliance and a friend of Buckley’s, told NBC News that Buckley and Chapman are not the only ones on campus who have experienced discrimination “just for being themselves.” Sigala said the silver lining, however, is that Friday’s incident has already ignited dialogue on campus about homophobia and discrimination.
“We’re not excited it happened, but excited about the ripples it’s making,” Sigala said of Friday’s incident.
Sigala applauded Buckley and Chapman for “being brave and taking action” by coming forward about the incident.
“My biggest issue is that people are afraid to take action, and this is a call to action,” she said. “If we all do this, they can’t hurt us. We have power in numbers, power in strength.”

October 25, 2019

The Time When I Came Out to The Chechen Head of Police



One of the most surreal nights of my life started at a beauty parlor in Grozny. This city is the capital of the Chechen Republic -- part of the Russian Federation -- and the focus of what many are calling a gay purge over the last two years.
The abuses had slipped from the headlines, but over the course of a year, rights groups had told us that the persecution has continued and that authorities had waited for the backlash to subside. But the torture and imprisonment had never really stopped.
Years of war and a rather vague process for actually meeting relevant officials left us wondering how much we would actually see going to Chechnya. But we wanted to take the chance, and so, after meeting in Moscow, our team took the three-hour flight to Grozny. As is so often the case in my work, I found myself in a place where the system seemed unpredictable at best. 
Chechnya is a notorious police state, viewed by the rest of Russia as a totalitarian regime where the opposition isn't tolerated under strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. Authorities are accused of arresting LGBTQ people, often having entrapped them in the first place, and subjecting them to beatings, electric shock, waterboarding, and other abuses. The authorities deny all this and have famously said gay people don’t even exist -- part of the reason I later thought it would be valid to bring up my own sexuality. I am gay.
We were advised to speak to Chechnya's "human right's official," and our surprise that such a position would even exist continued when we saw the building in which her office was located.
At a strip mall in central Grozny, along a corridor of hairdressers and nail salons, sits the small and unassuming office of Heda Saratova.
A former human rights campaigner herself, she now deals with social issues on behalf of the Chechen state, mostly focused on conducting a government campaign against radicalization.
After we waited two hours for her to arrive, Saratova appeared and led us inside. We repeated our desire to meet a representative from the security services and to visit a police site.
"Why didn’t you say so," she said. "I will make two calls."
She made the calls, speaking into the phone quietly. When she hung up, we asked her who she had spoken to.
"General Apti Alaudinov, head of the Chechen police," she said. "He’ll be here in 20 minutes."
Yes, we thought. But that will never happen, surely.
To our great surprise, I walked the general just 20 minutes later, wearing a full uniform. Saratova, this self-effacing woman could certainly pull some strings.
PHOTO: ABC News James Longman spoke with Apti Alaudinov, the head of police in Chechnya, a Russian republic that has allegedly purged LGBTQ people over the last two years. James Longman
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This was quite a moment because Alaudinov is in charge of Chechnya's more than 10,000 police officers. What's more, he's on a U.S. sanctions list for human rights violations and it’s his police force that's been accused of torturing and imprisoning gay people.
One of the most important men in the country wanted to spend the evening with us and he seemed delighted at the attention.
"Yes, of course, you can interview me," Alaudinov exclaimed. "We have nothing to hide."
Out on the street, Alaudinov launched into a tour, leading us down Grozny’s freshly rebuilt central street. Everyone recognized him. Young men would stand to attention and bow as we walked past. Mothers strolling with children for the evening would stop and point, whispering to one another.
"You see how peaceful Grozny is?" Alaudinov said with a large smile across his face. "Why do you call it a police state?"
Occasionally, with all the bravado of a benevolent dictator, he would suddenly stop a passing local and say, "You, tell them how safe it is." The rather shocked passers-by would look at me wide-eyed and nod quickly before scuttling off.
"There is a small possibility that a man in uniform would elicit the right answer," I said, prompting more laughter from Alaudinov.
Grozny is a revelation; two brutal wars had totally flattened it. But with huge investment from Russia -- and increasingly, parts of the Persian Gulf -- it is turning into a modern city. An obsession with flashing neon lights turns nighttime Grozny into something of an amusement park, but with families sitting out, eating and drinking in the warm evening air. It was as the general said: a peaceful scene.
But under the surface, all is not as it seems. And I wanted to challenge the general further about the crackdown on LGBTQ people.
"We shall have dinner!" Alaudinov exclaimed next.
At a restaurant nearby, a startled waitress subtly removed a "reserved" sign from a table at a window and offered Alaudinov the place. Sushi appeared for him very soon after. Our chicken not quite so fast.
What followed was an hour or so of mostly listening to him speak. His love for horses. His war record. The brothers he lost in the fighting. And then, out of nowhere, he stopped and said, "You know, there is a question I have been wanting to ask. Is one of you gay?" 
There was stunned silence, like a moment in a spy movie when the villain reveals his trap. We were not expecting this twist.
The team turned to me, their eyes asking if I'd tell him now, later or not at all. I spoke quickly, laughing, "None of us! Why do you think that?"
"I just don't understand why you are interested in this issue," he replied.
It was as if one of us had to be gay, because why else would anyone care? A producer, John, quickly diverted attention, telling Alaudinov about his gay cousin. But earlier, his views on gay people had been made clear. No, they weren't rounding them up, because Chechnya just doesn't have gay people.
"For us it’s completely crazy that one of us could be gay," Alaudinov said. "Seriously! Ask any Chechen, 'Do you have any gays in your family?' He will punch you. Why? Because to him it is an insult."
We really did not expect him to ask if one of the team were gay. And I certainly had no intention of saying anything. But that moment at dinner made me wonder if it might be possible to eventually tell him.
He may of course have already known. You wouldn’t need the mechanisms available to you in a security state to just google my name. But we didn’t think so, because our meeting had been so hastily arranged.
Seeing that he was enjoying himself, we decided to try our luck. Any possibility of a visit to a prison? We were prodding the tiger. So far, he was enjoying it. It was clear to us he saw this as a PR opportunity of sorts. But he was opening up about a world few have seen.
And so, at close to 11 p.m., we were bundled out of the restaurant and into his car. We were heading to a police station.
Because Chechen officials totally deny the accounts of police brutality toward gay people, we did not expect to see something incriminating or necessarily much at all. But as we swept into the parade ground and we were met by 50 or so armed commandos, all standing to attention.
As we stood in front of the spectacle, I asked him what he'd say to human rights campaigners who say men like these are responsible for atrocities.
"There are 10,500 policemen here," Alaudinov said. "Can you find me one state in the world where a policeman hasn’t committed some kind of crime."
"People may not like us, but nobody can disagree that we cannot maintain our republic in order and stability," he continued. "We are the most effective defenders of security in any state."
It wasn't exactly a denial. But as he stroked a cat that apparently lives at the station (have I mentioned how surreal all this was?), we asked to go inside.
I’ve definitely had some awkward coming out moments in my life. But I don’t think any can compare to telling a man who is the head of a police force accused of torturing hundreds of LGBTQ people that I’m gay.
We made our way to the prison block, and by this time, we had amassed a small following of armed guards and other officials: a bigger audience for the general's one-man show.
PHOTO: ABC News James Longman toured a prison with Apti Alaudinov, the head of police in Chechnya, a Russian republic that has allegedly purged LGBTQ people over the last two years. James Longman 
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As we walked, I gradually got the sense that it might be ok to tell him I’m gay. I asked the others quietly. "I think I’m going to tell him guys, are you OK with that?" They were.
And so, as we stood in the cell, I said, "Do you remember earlier when you asked if one of us was gay? What if I told you I was gay?"
An eternity passed as I waited for the translation. It didn’t seem to register. Strangely, he asked, "How does it work?"
I could feel the guards shifting behind the camera. John later told me he heard them all whispering to each other.
Alaudinov was doing his best to make it seem like it didn’t matter to him.
"There is no problem. Nobody has any issues with you. You are a guest. Come here as a guest and leave from here as a guest," he said. "You don’t understand something: You can say anything about us -- any horror stories -- but I, as [the] head of Chechen Police, I don’t have a goal to see who you are and what your sexual orientation is. I am not interested to know it. It’s your life and you should live however you want. But at the same time, don’t teach us how we have to live."
Behind a nervous smile, I told him I was scared to tell him because of what we had heard goes on in these prisons. My heart was racing, and so, instinctively, I took his hand and placed it on my chest. All it did was make him laugh.
And so there I found myself, trying to smile as Chechnya’s police chief had his arm around me, his exuberant laugh ringing off the walls of the cell.
The only thing I could really think of doing now was leaving. As we walked the corridors, I could feel the eyes of Alaudinov's men on me. He insisted on driving us back to our hotel, so it was an opportunity for the conversation to continue.
I told him that this wasn’t about me — those young men had sat across from me crying, telling me their stories of what had happened to them. He repeated his denials and said this was part of a plot by people who weren’t Chechen in order to gain refugee status abroad.
I think for Alaudinov, it really didn’t matter to him that I was gay. In fact, I think that perhaps it reaffirmed his own values to him: that Chechnya has a superior culture, and that the West has allowed homosexuality to weaken ours.
I told him my sexuality because perhaps on some level I thought that I could shift something in his mind and challenge his perceptions about gay people.
But as we sat in the parking lot of our hotel, I said to him, "We have spent the afternoon [and] evening together. We’ve shared a meal. You’ve been very welcoming, you’ve shown us around. Do you think I am less of a man than you?"
The smiles were gone. He turned to me with his face illuminated in the street lamp's orange glow, and said simply, "I will tell you honestly, I wouldn’t like you to be my friend."
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September 8, 2019

NJ Uber Driver Admits to Kicking Gay People Out of The Car Because They are Gay




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An Uber driver kicked two Camden County women out of her car for being gay, according to the couple. One woman recorded the incident and posted it on her personal Facebook page.
Kristin Michele and Jenn Mangan were in an Uber on their way to a Zac Brown Band concert in Camden on Friday night when Michele leaned over and gave Mangan a kiss on the cheek, they said.
The driver then immediately told the women to get out of the car, Michele said. 
“I said ‘I don’t understand.’ She said ‘I can’t ride with that. You kissed her,’” Michele said. “She said ‘I won’t have that.’”
Michele started recording a video right after that, in which she asks, “Are you kicking me out because I’m gay?” and the driver responds, “Yes, I am. Yes. Get out.”
The driver said she was a Christian woman and “didn’t believe in that,” according to Michele, who then began filming.
Mangan said she got out of the car right away while Michele continued arguing with the driver. The woman threatened to call the police, which Michele encouraged, but the driver never did, she said.
“Eventually it was obvious this wasn’t getting resolved, so I just got out of the car,” Michele said, after about five minutes of back-and-forth.
The women, who are both from Oaklyn, were left on a side street about half a mile from their home, so they walked home and took a train to the concert, Mangan said. The ride would have been about 15 minutes to the concert venue, she said.
The women reached out to Uber and heard back from the company, which said they would handle the incident but didn’t specify what would happen, according to Mangan.
Uber did not immediately respond to an email regarding the incident. 
“[The video] blew up pretty quick last night,” Mangan said. The video, which was posted Friday afternoon, had 13,000 views and over 300 comments as of Saturday afternoon.
“[It’s] quite ridiculous that people are still like that,” she added. But since posting the video, Mangan said the support has been “absolutely incredible.”
“People have been nothing but supportive of our lifestyle since we started dating and they continue to support us,” she said.

May 27, 2019

When Gay Characters Are Censored on TV There is More Serious Phobia To Come




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Even with all eyes on Alabama these days, some alarming events there may not be getting the attention they deserve. Earlier this month, Alabama Public Television decided not to run an episode featuring a same-sex marriage on the PBS animated television series, Arthur. In the episode, Arthur and his friends attend the wedding ceremony of their teacher, Mr. Ratburn, and his male partner. "It's a brand new world," one of Arthur's friends proclaims after the happy nuptials.

So it has seemed when it comes to LGBTQ rights in the United States, especially after the Supreme Court's 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. But this incident in Alabama — and similar developments across the country — suggest the state of gay rights in 2019 may not be all sparkling rainbows. In fact, even as public opinion polls have shown steadily increasing tolerance of homosexuality and support for gay rights, those historic developments cloud what is happening on the ground where a cultural resistance to homosexuality, emboldened by the anti-gay agenda of the Trump presidency, is gaining steam in spots throughout the nation. If that continues, there could be dire consequences for millions of LGBTQ Americans.

Executives at Alabama Public Television defended their decision not to run the Arthur episode, explaining that parents counted on the network to provide programming they could trust their children to watch without their supervision.

For nearly 50 years, anti-gay activists have made similar arguments, justifying their cause as a protection of children. Meanwhile, cultural sensations like Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy helped normalize the LGBTQ community in American households. Accompanied by millions of Americans coming out of the closet in recent decades — a 2017 study, for instance, found that 70 percent of Americans counted a family member or close friend as gay or lesbian — this cultural mainstreaming of homosexuality provided the groundwork for the significant political transformations that followed.

But that doesn't mean the culture war over gay rights has ended. Rather, the success of the gay rights movement has also provoked a powerful backlash, though one that often goes mostly unnoticed until something like, say, the dispute over a gay wedding cake makes its way to the Supreme Court. Although two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage, nearly one-third still describe gay or lesbian relations as "morally wrong." That latter camp appears — like Trump's base itself — nearly unwavering in its position.

The resistance to gay rights remains strongest among conservative Christians, and the churches they attend continue to oppose gay rights, some with growing stridency. Despite the seemingly favorable outlook for LGBTQ Americans in recent years, there's a sizable chunk of the country that has declared they won't capitulate to the cultural progress. Instead, they are working to set it back.

In Texas, lawmakers are considering a whole slate of anti-gay legislation, including a bill that would allow any state licensed professionals to deny their services to LGBTQ persons on religious grounds. Other states, including South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, to name just a few, have already passed or will vote on aggressive anti-gay bills, most under the guise of protecting "religious freedom." Those laws would join a dense patchwork of state anti-gay legislation already in place. More than 30 states, for example, still allow so-called "conversion therapy," a treatment system often imposed on LGBTQ minors in an attempt to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. Twenty-eight states, according to the organization Freedom for All Americans, still permit discrimination of LGBTQ Americans in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Where the anti-gay agenda at the state level ends, the Trump administration's efforts begin. During the 2016 campaign, Trump told LGBTQ Americans, "I will fight for you." As president, he has done just the opposite, often going out of his way to reverse or undermine protections. Transgender Americans have suffered the most. Just this week, the Trump administration announced it would allow homeless shelters to bar transgender persons from their premises. And on Friday, Trump's Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new rule that would eliminate protections for transgender people seeking health care. It has already overturned certain protections for transgender prisoners while also enacting a ban on incoming transgender soldiers to the military. Most of these rights the Trump administration is stripping were only recently established under the Obama presidency, further underscoring the fragility of progress.

Many Americans are likely unaware of this concerted and mounting attack on LGBTQ rights. Indeed, they may assume the contrary. A decreasing number believe that LGBTQ Americans face significant discrimination in this country. In a couple of recent surveys, about half of Americans indicated that the fight for gay rights is no longer even necessary. Ironically, the hard-won victory of same-sex marriage has made the movement for LGBTQ equality seem complete for many Americans. Yet a majority of LGBTQ people continue to report experiencing discrimination or harassment, and research shows anti-gay hate crimes are on the rise.

That's why decisions like the one by Alabama Public Television to not broadcast the Arthur gay marriage episode matter so much. Blocking the cultural inclusion of LGBTQ Americans only bolsters the more insidious political attacks on gay rights.

With the Supreme Court announcing last month that it will hear three cases concerning LGBTQ anti-discrimination, the possibility of the court's conservative majority definitively rolling back the gay rights movement several decades looks shockingly possible. If that happens, the question of what Alabama allows on its airwaves won't be the most urgent one. But for now, it could be the clearest signal of what is to come.










May 6, 2019

Some Hating Texans Come After Peter Buttigieg For Being Gay








Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke came to the defense of fellow 2020 rival Pete Buttigieg after anti-gay protesters heckled Buttigieg at an event in Texas on Friday.

"Texans don't stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon," O'Rourke, a former Texas congressman, wrote on Twitter.

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 Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred. Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten back again soon.
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Pete Buttigieg has been interrupted four times here in Dallas by protesters. One yelled “Marriage is between a man and a woman!” Another yelled “Repent!” After the 4th, Buttigieg continued, “The moment I packed my bags for Afghanistan, to defend that man’s freedom of speech...”
  
O'Rourke elaborated on his decision to come to Buttigieg's defense while campaigning Saturday in Iowa.
"I'm a proud American, I'm a proud Texan, and the hatred directed towards Pete Buttigieg last night was not reflective or representative of my state or of this country, so I wanted to call it out immediately, first and foremost," he told reporters.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was addressing the Dallas County Democratic Dinner on Friday when his speech was interrupted at least four times by a group of protesters.
One yelled, "Marriage is between a man and a woman." Another yelled, "Repent."

The audience applauded over the protests and chanted "Pete" to drown out the protesters, who were eventually escorted from the room by security.

"I'm just thinking of that scripture that says bless and do not curse," Buttigieg, who has been open about his Episcopalian faith, said after one of the interruptions.

He also said his service in Afghanistan was "for the purpose of defending that gentleman's freedom of speech," referring to one of the protesters who interrupted him.

This is not the first time Buttigieg has come up against anti-gay protesters -- he was also heckled by anti-gay chants during two campaign events in Iowa last month.

What America can learn from Pete Buttigieg's coming out experience

Buttigieg came out in 2015, months before he was re-elected as South Bend's mayor. If elected, he would be the first married gay US president.

"We are so lucky to have somebody like Mayor Pete running for president right now," O'Rourke said campaigning in Iowa Saturday. "I think we have to set the example. We can't just call out intolerance and hatred, we have to show that we don't just tolerate one another, we embrace one another."

CNN's Christian Sierra, Annie Grayer and Aishvarya Kavi contributed to this report.


November 29, 2018

Uber Driver Drags Injuring Passenger When He Gave a Hug To His Gay Mate on The Backseat

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It was supposed to be a quick Uber ride, but a gay Manhattan couple claims the driver turned on them, leaving them scarred in more ways than one.
Taray Carey and Alex from the East Village say the driver gunned the car, dragging one of them along the ground down a busy street and they said it all started from a hate-filled tirade.
The couple tells News 4 in an exclusive interview that it was a hug in the backseat that set the Uber driver into a hateful rage Tuesday night.
“He’s telling us in his country we would be beheaded and left for dead,” said Carey, who was left scrapes and bruises after he said he was dragged for half a block down East Fourth Street. Alex said he was still in the car, fearful.
“I said let me out let me out let me out just over and over until he stopped,” he said.
Police responded to the scene, but the couple claim they refused to investigate it as a hate crime, claiming cops told one of the men he “probably deserved it.” 
“I was very emotional,” Carey said.
The NYPD said bodycam footage shows that wasn’t the case.
“At no time did any of the officers mock the victim, tell him that he probably deserved it or laugh at him,” the NYPD said. Police also say Carey appeared drunk and insulted an officer. 
The police report shows the incident was labeled as a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission says the driver’s livery license is still active until they are able to interview the couple.
Uber said it has removed the driver from its app. 
“What’s been reported is very concerning to us and Uber does not tolerate any form of discrimination,” the ridesharing company said in a statement.

Tonight I was thrown out of an #uber by a homophobe. I tried to step out, and he gunned it while my husband was still in the back seat. My friend jumped out when we got to a red light, while the #Uberdriver continued to call us faggots, and told us we would be beheaded in his country. This is not ok! If any of my friends see, Denis, license plate, #T751697C ToyotaCamry, do not ride with him! We called the police from the 9th precinct, and they did nothing but patronize us. Be aware, and stay safe. @ East Village, Manhattan 
Taray Carey shows his injuries after the Uber journey

October 26, 2018

LGBT Flyers With (Pulse Shoot) Assault Rifle and Trump Pics were Sent to Nashville Gay Bars




                                                    







The acronym “LGBT” typically stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. However, flyers sent to Tennessee gay bars last week with the acronym emblazoned on them were not interpreted by the local community to be supportive of gender and sexual minorities.
Gay bars in Nashville received pamphlets with the acronym and images of the Statue of Liberty (L), a gun (G), a beer bottle (B) and President Donald Trump (T). The gun pictured in the flyer, an assault rifle, is similar to the one used in the shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, advocates pointed out. Melvin Brown, the owner of Stirrup Sports Bar, found the flyer Thursday in his bar’s mailbox. He called it “disturbing” and said whoever created it was sending a “very deliberate” threat.
“We live in a post-Pulse world in the LGBTQ community, especially in the bar scene,” Brown told NBC News. “To see somebody send a postcard that had a picture of the weapon used in one of the deadliest assaults in this nation’s history, and one that happened at an LGBTQ bar, and to send that image to LGBTQ bars, to me is not a coincidence.”



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The envelope of an anti-gay LGBT flyer sent to a gay bar in Nashville recently. Courtesy Melvin Brown


The flyer was sent to at least four gay bars in the area, according to WTVF NewsChannel 5. The return address on the mailing is that of an empty parking lot, and the sender signed the flyer “MAGA,” an acronym for President Trump’s popular catchphrase: “Make America great again.”
Chris Sanders, executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project, said the flyers were mailed for intimidation purposes and could be politically motivated. He explained that many gay bars — including Stirrup Sports Bar — host voter registration drives.
“This has a very aggressive tone about it,” Sanders said. “It doesn’t use many words, but it uses a lot of images I think are meant to threaten us. The community's message back is, ‘Yes this is frightening, but we’re going to turn out and vote regardless.’” Kris Mumford, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, told NBC News the department is aware of the incident but said there is no investigation at this time. Mumford did, however, say the department has dispatched additional officers to patrol Church Street and other areas where gay bars are located.
Brown said he has no idea who could have sent the flyer to his bar, but he confidently said if their intent was to “scare,” “intimidate” or “threaten” the LGBTQ community, “it won’t work.”
“It will galvanize,” he said. “People will respond in ways that are positive and uplifting because that’s the way we choose to live our lives.”

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