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Tulsa Gay Teen Savagely Beaten At Party By Guests Yelling Anti-Gay Slurs

Cody Rogers went to a party and got a busted lip, black eye, cuts and bruises as a parting gift.

The 18-year-old gay Tulsa teen was at a gathering over the weekend, when he says he heard homophobic comments coming from another room.

“There were some ladies who invited their boyfriends [to a going away party] who had a problem with some of the homosexuals that were there,” Rogers told Fox 23.

When Rogers went over to investigate, two young men were being asked to leave—one refused and laid into Roger’s female friend. Rogers intervened and was assaulted and thrown to the ground as his attackers yelled more anti-gay slurs.

“My cheek [is brusised], my forehead is obviously a little busted up, a busted lip, my eye… I don’t know if you can see it. It’s hard to look at, especially in the mirror,” Cody Rogers told reporters.  Friend Jordan Garrett added, “[Cody] looked as if a truck hit him.”

Though he lost consciousness and is still recovering from his injuries, Rogers has been busy creating a Facebook page, Help Stop the Stomping, to draw attention to the fact that Oklahoma is just one of only 19 states that doesn’t include sexual orientation or gender identity in its hate-crime laws.

Currently the police have classified the attack as a simple assault, though they feel as frustrated as Rogers.

“It’s got to be extremely frustrating when you feel like you’ve been chosen, picked,” says the Tulsa Police Department’s Jason Willingham. “It’s something that’s out of our hands. It’s some that needs to be addressed at the state level.”

Photos: Cody Rogers

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Mar 2, 2012
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  • 39 Comments
    • Alex
      Alex

      Yet the homophobes say were attacking them. Try telling that to Matthew Shepherd.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 10:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JayKay
      JayKay

      Look, I’ll just do everyone here a favor and get the tasteless “he’s hot” comment out of the way right now.

      He’s hot.

      Done. There is no need to thank me.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 10:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • learnercurious1
      learnercurious1

      When one human being mirrors another the brain must really get excited.It becomes fight or flight.We are getting better at being more humane.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • prince of snides aka divkid
      prince of snides aka divkid

      @JayKay:
      okay, i hear your disgraceful “hot” reference, and raise you: “the battle scars make him appear even hotter”.*lightening strike me down now!*

      oh, but in all seriousness, props to the kid for the creditable act of coming to the aid of his female friend for which he’s had to endure such an ordeal.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gapourcio
      gapourcio

      How about SFH! He’s lucky to be alive. I hope his friends stepped in and protected him. Freedom, acceptance, tolerance and the ability to forgive have never & will never come easy. Often we have to fight, sometimes literally, for them. Some of those fights we loose, so we keep fighting until we win them all.

      Matthew Allen Sheperd will never be forgotten.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gapourcio
      gapourcio

      Forgot to mention I’m from Duncan, Oklahoma, so this does not surprise me!

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @gapourcio: Well at least this one is real, with the winesses and all. Like like your last crazy fraud Phillip Nelson.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @CBRad: ” not like ..”

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MEJ
      MEJ

      This is really pissing me off. These fucking anti-gay hets think it’s open season on us. When is a gun carrying queer going to shoot down a gay basher, and send a message to all the haters out there?

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greybat
      Greybat

      We’d never hear the end of it. You kill off one pissy little ‘Phobe, and fifty years later, we’re all still branded as Ax-Wielding Heterophobes!

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @Greybat: I’m not so sure about that. We did have the first serial robber/rapist of straight men in Texas pretty recently, but everyone’s been “pretty good” about not branding us male rapists. (Unless I’ve just missed it).

      Mar 2, 2012 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HM
      HM

      “…..When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always…..”

      Gandhi created a nation. He’s on your side, Cody. That’s one helluva ally.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      Sally Kern is masturbating to this story.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kyle
      Kyle

      @MEJ: I know…hopefully soon.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jakey
      Jakey

      Kudos to the police for expressing frustration; that’s more than I was expecting. Hopefully this ends up having an effect on state law there. (And, uh, thanks JayKay and prince of snides.)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      The girlfriends that invited their boyfriend thugs must be so proud.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      I totally support his actions to stand up against the homophobes and to intervene for his female friend, but when you machos all leap in each time a gay teen is bullied to death, I just want you to remember what happened to this guy: 18, surrounded by gay friends, at a party filled with friends, and he got beat unconscious standing up for himself and others.

      The sad truth is, the homophobes tend to be the physical jock types, and the gay guys tend not to be. Violence is not usually the answer. In this case it was genuinely unavoidable – in most cases, it is not.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      -sigh-

      .. Seriously, I hate to get all macho. But lets just say this wouldn’t have happened if I was there.
      On a lighter note:
      Where are your bull-dyke friends to back you up, Cody? lol

      Mar 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Robertson
      Mr. Robertson

      @Curtis: “lets just say this wouldn’t have happened if I was there.”

      What, you would’ve typed the aggressors into submission? Posted snarky remarks on their FB pages until they ran away in tears? Everyone’s a hero on the Internet.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      @Mr. Robertson:
      Actually, Im a really big guy. and I’ve had to deal with situations like this many times before.
      But really, sweetie, its neither here nor there.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Robertson
      Mr. Robertson

      @Curtis: Well, I think the kid handled himself admirably — even if he’s not a big macho man.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      @Mr. Robertson:
      Agreed :)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      @Mr. Robertson: Yes, also agreed.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      @Curtis: I’m not doubting your statement, and I’m happy that you are big enough to protect yourself, but without knowing the situation you really can’t say that with certainty. Were there weapons involved? How many people laid into the kid after the initial blow? Did any of the aggressors have a gun?

      These are important issues considering the fact that the reported facts suggest that one or two uninvited guests at a party managed to take out at least one guest, without intervention from the others.

      I’m a professional in the field of violence, and I’m not a small guy myself, but I would hesitate, on the scant details released, to assert that I could DEFINITELY have brought about a different outcome.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @HM: What ?????

      Mar 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      @KyleW:

      It seemed pretty clear that the attackers were simply immature, ignorant, high school or college kids with way too much testosterone.. Not gang-bangers with guns and knives.

      That said, Cody had confronted several breeders BY HIMSELF. He probably didn’t fight back because hes just a lover and not a fighter which is perfectly fine, (better actually).. But if he had a couple friends around him supporting him, the douches probably wouldn’t have done anything.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tyler
      Tyler

      The term “breeder” is highly heterophobic, totally hypocritical, and a pointless one. Not all straight people have kids, and most GLBT people do wind up having kids and even marrying the opposite gender.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Robertson
      Mr. Robertson

      @Tyler: Thank you. I hate that word too.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I think it’s the girls’ fault. Why did these creatures bring their homophobic boyfriends? Women need to understand that we won’t tolerate homophobia by proxy. You also see this in gay bars where girls bring their homophobic boyfriends.

      Mar 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • No-Obot
      No-Obot

      Uh…what about that useless Federal Hate Crimes Act kicking in if Oklahoma does have one?

      Mar 3, 2012 at 7:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      @Tyler:
      What the hell??
      most gay people do NOT “wind up marrying the opposite gender”

      Confused much? :-/

      Mar 4, 2012 at 5:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • timucua
      timucua

      Why did’nt the other revellers intervene to help Cody, it seems they stood there and watched from what I am reading.

      Mar 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Samantha Kachel
      Samantha Kachel

      As a lesbian living in Tulsa & I am extremely saddened by this. It is just one of the laws that Oklahoma has that is just not protecting all human beings. I am so glad & proud of Cody for standing up for this change. It is completely insane & sad that someone had to go through this to hopefully have this law changed. I stand behind Cody & anyone who fights for the rights of all human beings no matter what they do or who they are involved with. Pride support all the way!

      Mar 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      insecure straight boys with a mob mentality and an attraction to their own gender.

      Mar 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Damon
      Damon

      Cody Rogers is one of the sexiest mother f**kers I’ve ever seen and if I was there, I woulda had his back like Rob&Big from MTV. Call me if you get into any more scuffles baby. *Pretends Cody is reading this*

      Mar 5, 2012 at 12:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ed Himes
      Ed Himes

      WHY I AM AGAINST TODAY’S ORGANIZED RELIGION :

      Most common trash street-like preachers of today, like Kirk Cameron, are ALL the same. They white wash you with a bunch of bull crap on Sunday morning for an hour or two (mostly sermons about the supposed horrors of the Gay Community or abortion), then make you feel guilty if you don’t donate 3/4 of your paycheck into the collection basket !!! NONE OF THEM EVER FORGET TO PROMOTE “DONATING TO THE MINISTRY TODAY” !!!

      I am an expert at church agenda; there is a church on EVERY CORNER here in Chattanooga, TN and 90% of them will drain you dry from contributions, but will never help a single soul who is in need. They will stand up in your face and tell you that you are going to hell in a hand basket, yet they live their lives for Satan, doing everything they want from drugs to child molestation, Monday through Saturday.

      The republican party preys on these ignorant religious zealots and that is why republican politicians get elected; to spread their evilness on all of us. This sloth party then does not do anything the religious righters want when the election is over; saying they cannot do it for one reason or another. Take note that the religious right republicans have had the MAJORITY in government MANY TIMES; yet ABORTION is still the same as it was the day it became legal !!!

      A TRUE Christian does not DENY RIGHTS, HATE, JUDGE, DEGRADE and DEMEAN anyone; they are just the opposite !!! They are a bringer of light, happiness, love, understanding, peace and encourage harmony between all people of the world.

      You can always tell a tree by the fruit it bears and this tree, preacher Kirk Cameron, is producing negative, nasty, rotten and disgusting fruits, that sour in our stomachs as we read the rhetoric he spews

      I TELL YOU NOW, there is nothing worse and no one lower than a so-called-Sunday-only christian; they are the very slime found at the bottom of an abandoned outhouse and crawl like a snake through our world to spread their evilness! upon us all !!!

      EdofTennessee

      Mar 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KyleW
      KyleW

      @Ed Himes: Well put Ed.

      Mar 7, 2012 at 6:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer Supremacist
      Queer Supremacist

      Things like this are why I am, and always will be, a Queer Supremacist.

      @MEJ: I’m declaring open season on the breeders. Have at it.

      @Tyler: That’s why I use the word. I know it’s hateful, hurtful and demeaning. But I hate them. And I want to hurt and demean them any way I can.

      There are 10 times as many BREEDERS as gays. I want them to suffer 10 times as much as gays have for their crimes against gays. I want them to face what we have had to face for their sexual orientation what we have had to face for ours as a collective punishment for the 2,000 year ongoing Holocaust against gays.

      Until the Kirk Camerons and Rick Santorums of the world are beaten, tied to fence posts and left for dead, I will use the word. If you don’t like it, go ahead and be a quisling breeder-lover.

      Mar 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • an ex gay
      an ex gay

      these comments prove queers are flaky creeps who are out of their minds.

      Aug 16, 2012 at 3:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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