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Nationwide Vigils Planned for Shot Lesbian Couple

Coast-to-coast vigils are being held this week for Mollie Olgin and Mary Kristene Chapa, the young lesbian couple found shot on Saturday in a park in Portland, Texas. According to police, “there’s no evidence to suggest that this crime was committed as a bias against the girls or their lifestyle,” Portland Police Chief Randy Wright said Tuesday. It was the first homicide of the year for Portland, unsettling the Texan community.

Even though authorities aren’t yet classifying the tragedy as a hate crime, and a local news article oddly skirts around the terms “gay,” “lesbian” or “homosexual,” our community is showing its solidarity with vigils around the nation this week: Residents in Portland are holding a vigil and candlelight walk on Friday at 6pm. Washington D.C.‘s vigil will be at Dupont Circle also on Friday at 6pm. Activists in San Francisco have planned a vigil for tonight at 7pm at the Harvey Milk Plaza.

By:           Aaron Coleman
On:           Jun 27, 2012
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  • 17 Comments
    • Kay
      Kay

      :-( every hour in the USA someone is killed or badly injured for being lesbian or gay or bisexual or transgender. Calling it a hate crime or not doesn’t change the impact on their friends and families. Tragic, horrific, hateful. Ignorance breeds hate.

      The USA managed to move on from lynching black men to electing one as President. How long until people can move on from hating someone for their sexual oriantation or gender identity to accepting them as human beings?

      Jun 27, 2012 at 8:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • w.e.
      w.e.

      Shouldn’t they wait until facts are known before holding vigils?

      Jun 27, 2012 at 9:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      @w.e.: I agree, are the vigils being held “because they were shot” or “because they were gay”. Vigils sound great, and I would be happy to attend one if I knew what I was attending for.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 9:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @w.e.: Even if it was not a hate crime, it is still the senseless murder of a young woman and brutal injury to another. It does not have to be a hate crime to be worthy of a vigil.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 10:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • w.e.
      w.e.

      @Daez: Well, if that’s the case you’d be holding vigils all the time because countless young people die every day. What about them?

      Jun 27, 2012 at 10:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @w.e.: While I totally agree with you, this case gets special attention because these were young white females. I would gladly hold a vigil for any slain teenager, but that is just never going to happen.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 10:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @Daez: Oh, and I’m NOT saying that it is right that this case gets special attention, I’m just saying that is the real reason. If these were two young males (unless the murder was brutal like with Mathew Shepard) it would be ignored. If these were two young minorities it would be ignored no matter how brutal.

      Unfortunately, racism and sexism is still alive and well.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Matthew Dimick
      Matthew Dimick

      Boston will be holding a vigil this friday at 7pm on the steps of the State House.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sfo
      sfo

      Lesbian couple shot…in Texas. Hate crime is a forgone conclusion.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dawn
      Dawn

      one of the two(not sure which) is in stable condition. the other passed away at the scene

      Jun 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay
      Jay

      SFO their sexuality may happen to be lesbian but it doesn’t necessarily make it a hate crime. What if they were buying drugs, which is what this whole thing sounds like?

      Either way the fact these two women were shot is a horrible thing and their sexuality does not matter at all.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nina
      Nina

      Jay, are you SERIOUS? Two girls in a park, they get shot, therefore they’re buying drugs?

      I must have bought drugs dozens of times when I was in college, then, because the local park was a favourite hangout spot for my friends and I. Doing your animation homework and rehearsing for a show counts as “buying drugs,” right?

      To me it sounds like they were on a date, which makes this all the more horrific. Parks are a great option when you have no money, as many teens don’t, because you can take a small packed meal and spend some time together. I would tend to agree–Texas, lesbians, in public? Can we get that hate crimes law passed NOW, please?

      Jun 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      Sometimes the things we deny the most are the most true. It was probably a bias crime.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack
      Jack

      They were in the park late at night at 12AM I doubt they were doing homework, they weren’t there cruising for sex like gay and bisexual men do, and yeah it does sound like they were trying to buy drugs.

      Jun 28, 2012 at 12:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ha
      ha

      a drug deal gone wrong

      Jun 28, 2012 at 5:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sutpen
      Sutpen

      The reason for the murder and assault hasn’t been established; we don’t know who did it or why. The fact that most of the community is mourning the girls shows that their “orientation” wasn’t an important matter.
      They might not be martyrs to anything more than accidentally being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe a jealous female did it…

      Jun 28, 2012 at 6:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Azaan Kamau
      Azaan Kamau

      This is such a horrific tragedy. It really don’t matter why these girls were in the park. The only thing that is significant is that they lost their lives based on someone’s ignorance.

      Jun 28, 2012 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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