News Briefs November 3, 2010
Arrests in Murder of NJ Transgender Victim
Two suspects sought by police in connection with the September 12 murder of Victoria Carmen White, a transgender woman, have surrendered to authorities.
Marquise Foster, 25, of North Plainfield, and Alrashim Chambers, 23, of Newark, surrendered to deputies at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Both are charged with murder.
White was shot dead during an altercation on September 12 at an after hours party in a Maplewood apartment. Foster met White earlier that same night at an Irvington nightclub. Police suspect she was killed because of her sexual orientation and are considering adding hate crime charges.
The 28-year-old White, born James White, underwent gender reassignment surgery nine years ago and worked as a lingerie model.
Investigators believe Chambers and Foster learned that White was once a man “during the course of their interactions” with her, sparking the altercation.
New Jersey-based gay rights group Garden State Equality had announced a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects in the murder.
The bail for each defendant was set at $1 million.
Being Gay Causes Cancer?
Right-wing radio host Michael Savage said in a broadcast this week that being gay is a risk factor for throat cancer, attributing the disease to oral sex between men.
According to Media Matters, he said the following in his Monday broadcast of The Savage Nation:
“Did you hear this? Oral sex between men is bringing about a rise in men’s throat cancer, as well as a few other risk factors. Would you like to hear what they are? Would you like to hear this? Oh, that’s right, how about marijuana?
“Oral sex amongst men and marijuana smoking seem to be correlated in the increase of men’s throat cancer. It’s a horrible type of cancer. Horrible. Just horrible horrible horrible!”
Media Matter reports that ABC News did report on a study that links oral sex to certain cancers, but it does not attribute the disease to gay men.
Rather, the study says that certain oral and other head and neck cancers can be caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which can be contracted through oral sex, but happens to be as common in women as it is in men.
Detective Sues NYPD
A gay detective is suing the NYPD, saying that he was targeted for complaining about antigay harassment on the job including taunts like “faggot,” “rat,” and “meat gazer.”
According to the New York Daily News, the 33-year-old detective, who filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court as “John Doe,” said that colleagues at the 103rd Precinct in Queens and at the Internal Affairs Bureau in Manhattan dished the harassment.
“The four-year member of the force said his grievances were ignored – and that he was later punished, slapped with departmental charges that he had his patrolman’s shield duplicated,” reports the Daily News.
Disciplinary hearings are scheduled for next week.
According to the Daily News, the suit also alleges that the NYPD outed officers still in the closet last year when it “revealed the names of cops attending a gay officers’ conference in a message sent to every precinct.”
Man Beats Priest
A man was arrested in Santa Clara, Calif. on Friday for attacking a Jesuit priest who molested him and his brother 35 years ago.
Police were able to connect 43-year-old William Lynch to the May 10, 2010 attack on Jesuit Priest Jerold Lindner by searching phone records, according to the Associated Press. Lynch posted $25,000 bail and will plead not guilty at an arraignment next month, according to his lawyer, Pat Harris.
Lynch allegedly confronted Father Lindner at the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, Calif. and repeated punched him in the face and body after the priest said he did not recognize him, said Sgt. Rick Sung, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.
Lynch and his younger brother settled with the Jesuits of the California Province, a Roman Catholic religious order, for $625,000 in 1998 after they accused Lindner of abusing them in 1975 during weekend camping trips.
Harris said Lynch and his brother, who were 7 and 5 at the time, were raped and forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched.
Lindner, 65, has been accused of abuse by more than a dozen people, including his sister and nieces and nephews. He has previously denied abusing the boys and was not criminally charged because the abuse fell outside the statute of limitations.
Lindner was removed from the ministry and placed at the Los Gatos retirement home in 2001.
Atlanta Police Accused of Doctoring Raid Docs
Lawyers have accused Atlanta police of erasing e-mails, text messages and cell phone photos that could shed light on a police raid on a gay bar that triggered a lawsuit.
Lawyers for the Atlanta Eagle Bar and several patrons said in court filings that the evidence was deliberately destroyed. Attorneys said the cell phone data was erased just days after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Batten ordered that the information be turned over.
City Attorney Cathy Hampton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the city government takes the allegations seriously and will investigate.
A national gay rights group filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of 19 people who say they were illegally searched and detained during a Sept. 10, 2009 raid.
3 More Charged in NY Anti Gay Gang Attack
A teenager and two men have been indicted by a grand jury in the brutal anti-gay gang attacks in New York City earlier this month. The story has stirred national anger.
Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced the indictments Thursday on various charges including gang assault, robbery and sexual abuse. The three newest defendants and four other defendants indicted earlier this week are to be arraigned Nov. 23.
Authorities say a group of men calling themselves the ‘Latin King Goonies’ discovered one of their teen recruits was gay. Prosecutors say they attacked him, then went after a 30-year-old man who supposedly had a sexual encounter with the teen. Two others were also then induced to come to the gay man’s home, and also were viciously and violently attacked.
SFGN will continue to cover the unnerving assaults.