An Ecuadorean real estate agent who was brutally beaten last week in Brooklyn after having racist and homophobic slurs yelled at him died in a hospital yesterday.
His crime? He was walking home from a nightclub with his arms around his brother. Apparently that so offended a group of people in an SUV that they pulled over and beat him to a pulp. By all accounts, he was straight.
Not that that should matter, since a hate crime like this is wrong no matter whether the assailants were correct in their assessment of the victim's sexuality. But it does show how homophobia doesn't have a very specific target - it's meant to stop all acts of same-sex affection through violence. It doesn't stop to respect other cultures.
In the midst of the extreme-right constructing a narrative of violent attacks by gays on churches, actual violence against gays continues unabated. They've always been, by far and away, the more violent side in the Culture War created in their own imaginations. This attack is just one of many.
Does anyone get the impression that Mike Huckabee or James Dobson cackled when hearing about this? They should know that this is how their vision of a world without queer people gets enacted and enforced.