Police in Wales are investigating an anti-gay attack that left a young man blind in one eye.
Tyler Maddick was walking home from downtown Swansea Thursday night when someone in a car called him “faggot” and threw gasoline in his face.
“I ran home but I couldn’t call anyone because my phone had died,” Maddick, 20, told Wales Online. “I washed it out as my eye was starting to burn up.” He went to the hospital the following day and was told that he had lost all vision in his left eye.
“I think I was more angry than anything,” Maddick recalls. “I’m quite a strong-minded person and it wasn’t so much that they had done it, it was the fact that they targeted me. Because if they can pick on me they can pick on anyone,” he said.
A fraternity at Louisiana State University has apologized for flying a banner outside its house last weekend that some have deemed homophobic
As LSU was playing Sam Houston State University, Delta Kappa Epsilon hung a sign on a bedsheet reading “Michael isn’t the only Sam getting the D tonight.”
The message was a crude reference to Michael Sam, the out football player currently signed to the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad.
“Zeta Zeta is a chapter full of rich traditions, one of them being our game-day banners,” the fraternity wrote in a letter to LSU president F. Alexander King. “Though satire is sometimes the goal, crossing the line and causing offense to others is never the intent. “We truly apologize to you and all other members of the LSU community who have had to deal with the effects of this banner.”
The chapter has promised to hanging banners “indefinitely.”
Electronic Arts has announced its working on fixing an issue with Sims 4 so that LGBT terms can be used in the game’s online-gallery mode.
Currently, the game blocks words like “gay,” “lesbian” and “homosexual,” most likely to prevent hate speech. But the result is the censorship of queer gamers.
“The Sims has a long history of supporting stories that players want to tell, irrespective of gender preference,” an EA spokesperson stated. “The Gallery uses an automated filtering program that filters out certain words, including some of the ones you mentioned below. We are aware of have been working on a fix, which will be out soon.”
A transgender teen in Colorado has been voted homecoming princess by her classmates.
Sand Creek High School’s Scarlett Lenh, who began identifying as trans earlier this school year, says her victory “is just about being yourself… I want everyone to know no matter what body you’re in or what mind set you have, being you is the best feeling in the world.”
Not everyone is happy with her crowning, though: “I think it’s wrong because he’s actually a guy, he’s not a girl,” said Sand Creek junior Jarrod Clarke. “And he hasn’t been doing this his entire life – he’s only been recently doing it,”
“We know him pretty well—he’s only cross-dressing, putting on girls’ clothes,” said another student who asked to remain anonymous.
But school officials—and a majority of the student body—are supporting Lenh: “The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court.”