Vandalized Gay Couple Say Media Glare Made Harassment Worse

A gay couple in Texas who found anti-gay grafitti on their house say that things only got worse after the local media picked up their story.

After finding “leave fags or die” scrawled on the wall of their Clarendon, TX, home, Jeremy Jeffers and Joshua Harrison initially went to the police—but soon felt ignored:  “[The officers] walked around and took our statement,” Jeffers says. “But they didn’t offer to set up a patrol or bother to ask any questions around the neighborhood.

The men said they went to the media because “people might be aware of what happened, [and] would be hesitant to physically attack us.” The glare of the camera did raise awareness about their plight, but not in a good way.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Since word of the media’s involvement spread, the local cleaning service where Harrison worked began losing clients, resulting in loss of employment for Harrison. Additionally, the couple says they’d been refused service at some local establishments and verbally assaulted at others.

Fortunately, the LGBT blog Owldolatrous Press, stepped in with more than $2,600 in donations from across the nation, and Equality Texas is pitching him to help Jeffers and Harrison find work and a new home in gay-friendlier Amarillo. “For a while I was wondering if we were really a community or a family anymore,” says Jeffers. “It’s nice to know that we’re not alone.”

It’s nice to hear an ugly story with a happy ending.

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  • Billysees

    “For a while I was wondering if we were really a community or a family anymore,” says Jeffers.

    “It’s nice to know that we’re not alone.”

    The following applies here —

    “This is how the world will know that you are my disciples by the love you have for one another”.

  • Cam

    Funny how the places in this country that try to claim to be the most religious are the first places where people will be attacked for being different.

    They aren’t religious. They just like to use religion as a way to look down on others. They don’t actually believe is the conclusion I’ve come to.

    Jesus spoke out against divorce, I don’t see these religious folks fighting that. Premarital Sex? Well all of those chuchgoing single mothers would seem to indicate that isn’t a huge priority…but WAIT! We can use the Bible to attack others!!!

    Funny how excited they get about THAT.

  • Joel J

    “Texas Friendly” evidently has two faces.

  • Billysees

    @Cam: Re 2, Funny how…

    It seems to me that religion, and especially Christianity, is not yet fully developed, if that’s the proper way to say it.

    There are so many inconsistencies and irregularities.

    Your observation about divorce is an excellent example. And the unbalanced and unnecessary attacks against LGBT’s is another.

    That’s why I choose to use cheerful, uplifting, and universally applied ideas or verses from the Bible. That’s the little bit I can do to promote Christianity’s “best values”.

    Here’s an example of what would be great if they were vigorously applied —

    These verses are either paraphrases or translations, 3 are from Paul and one from Peter —-

    1. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.

    2. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

    3. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

    4. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

    Why is it so hard for folks to recognize the value of these important points?

    There is so much junk being expressed nowadays in the name of religion and from the so-called holy texts that drive them.

    But as time goes on, things appear to get better and thank God for that.

    After all, we’re not burning people at the stake any more for ridiculous reasons.

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