Mother Faces Hate Crime Charges After Trying To “Beat The Gay Out Of” 15-Year-Old Son

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 6.05.24 PMWhiteville, North Carolina resident Mary Gowans won’t be winning the “Mother of the Year” award anytime soon. In fact, the only award she’s eligible for now is a misdemeanor charge of child abuse.

Gowans was cuffed after police arrived at her home on Saturday night, where she had allegedly instructed her 12-year-old son to “beat the gay out of” her 15-year-old son.

She told local CBS affiliate WNEM that he’s been visiting a gay man’s house recently, and she fears her son is being molested.

Her son was forced to strip down to his underwear before the attack, leaving him with a “large abrasion” on his back. The intoxicated woman said she “doesn’t agree with the gay lifestyle” but would never hurt her children.” (Did we miss something??)

She is expected in court on October 9, and could be faced with a possible hate crime. Hopefully she’ll be able to visit a hair salon before then, because girl, that mugshot hair is tired!

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  • Horse Lips

    A perfect argument in favor of forced sterilization.

  • Steve Rider

    I wonder if the mom identifies herself as being a Christian? Certainly nothing in her behavior makes it seem unlikely that she is Christian.

  • Kangol

    She is saying by her actions, “Please, someone sane and loving, take my children away from me.” And they’ll be better off if someone does.

  • Taliaferro

    It is to be hoped that both/all her children at taken from her and placed with caring people. Otherwise on or both is going to die by suicide or violence.

  • Kieran

    The headline should be, “Woman faces Hate Crime charges…” She doesn’t deserve the title ‘Mother’.

  • andy_d

    She should be prosecuted for child abuse and child endangerment as well!

  • that_dude247

    So ironic that I was just talking to a black mother today who was telling me she would have no problem with her 12 y/o son being gay (he is). Then I read this nonsense. What a dumb bitch.

  • hyhybt

    So… she’s afraid her son is being abused, so she has him beaten? It’s like the joke (only not funny):

    Hunter, calling 911: “Help, my friend just dropped over! I think he’s died; what should I do?”
    Operator: “Calm down. First, make sure he’s dead.”
    Hunter: “OK, now what?”

  • Nyruinz


    I honestly do not know where this black people are homophobic foolishness came from. We are present in the lgbt community as well, just like this women’s son will be.

  • HirsuteOne

    I wonder if she thought to take away his secret handshake cutting and HIV transmitting ring?

  • MK Ultra

    “…she fears her son is being molested”
    Yeah, lady. Someone is molesting him. And it’s you.

  • Vartan X.

    Unfortunately, after being enslaved, persecuted and oppressed for centuries, many blacks today think that civil rights do not apply to gays and lesbians. This speaks volumes to the content of their character.

  • zrocqs

    @Vartan X.: I’d ask you to explain why “many [whites] today think that civil rights do not apply to gays and lesbians”, but I won’t waste anyone’s time since your post speaks volumes to the content of your skull.

  • Brian

    Women tend to be homophobic as part of their gender war against men. This is why society, in general, is more homophobic toward male homosexuality than female homosexuality.

    Women see homosexuality in men as being a threat to their ability to control men.

  • Jayson

    Go directly to jail and leave give your wellie check back to the tax payers. Guttersnipe!

  • BrandoPolo

    @Vartan X.: Unfortunately, since the white majority still controls the levers of economic, political, and social power in America, they thus hold the lion’s share of the responsibility for gays’ and lesbian’ lack of civil equality.

    I’d ask why despite their power whites still refuse to extend liberty and equality to gays and lesbians, but given that so many of them are stereotyping, brainless bigots like you — the answer is already obvious.

  • Vartan X.

    @zrocqs: Blacks hating gays? Oh, how silly of me not to realize it’s the white man’s fault!


    trust me, she is no dummy, she had the younger child do the crime….as he is a minor, and would receive little if no time. they should lock her in a set of stocks in a gay leather bar, every night for 45 years…from 4pm till 4 am.

  • Ogre Magi

    and people say I shouldn’t hate christians

  • manjoguy

    I didn’t see any mention of “religion” or “christianity” in the article.

  • zrocqs

    @Vartan X.: I’m extremely white and as queer as queer can gayly be. I have yet to feel “Blacks hating gays” in my life. The hate I feel comes from Republicans, the overwhelming majority of whom are white.

    So, yes, how silly of you. But the fault here isn’t “the white man’s”.

    It’s yours.

  • DarkZephyr

    I don’t think it should be said as a generalization that “blacks hate gays”, but I don’t think the response to that should be “No, whites hate gays”. Fighting racism with racism is absurd.

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