I n , when Calvin Burdine was awaiting sentencing for allegedly stabbing his gay lover to death, the prosecuting attorney encouraged the jury in his closing remarks to award Burdine the death penalty, rather than life in prison, on the grounds that sending a gay man to prison was akin to sending a kid to a candy store. After 17 minutes of deliberation, the jury obliged and sentenced Burdine to die. His death sentence was later overturned mostly because Burdine's public defender had slept through much of his trial , but the homophobic thinking — that prison is some kind of paradise for gay men — lingers on. The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth.
Brutal videos fuel Russian anti-gay campaign
No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons - Prisoners' Voices
You can help us meet this need by starting a monthly donation to The Marshall Project. Three years ago, the young man who would later be known as John Doe 1 shuffled into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. It was still wintery in April, and his state-issued jacket was poor protection against the drafts coming through the broken windows, shattered by men who had passed through before. The rituals of intake were familiar. But he also noticed that he was one of the youngest prisoners on the block. The other prisoners noticed too.
Gay Man in Russia Beaten and Raped On Camera in Horrific Viral Video
A s night follows day, as prayers follow thoughts, so talk of video game violence follows a mass shooting, that most inevitable of American news stories. For video game fans, many of whom have endured a lifetime of defending a hobby that is seen, at best, as a harmless waste of time or, at worst, unsightly onanism enjoyed by the socially bereft, it was the inevitable buckshot of political blame. Video games do not cause violence.
As Syria continues to tailspin out of control and the United States inches towards intervention, Russia is looking glossier than ever on the international stage with their effort to ameliorate tensions through diplomatic negotiations. Clever foreign policy strategy, however, doesn't cloak the hideous domestic policy and social regression that is making LGBT citizens live in secrecy and in fear. According to Radio Free Liberty Europe, a video recording of a young Uzbek man being raped by Russian vigilantes is circulating the popular mobile chat service WhatsApp.