Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

6 Shot; Hate Crime?
by Andrew Davis
2007-01-03

This article shared 4394 times since Wed Jan 3, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Police are investigating if shootings that occurred at a South Side residence in the early morning hours of Dec. 31 may be a gay-related hate crime.

Two masked individuals armed with semi-automatic weapons kicked open the doors of a home on the 7900 block of South Woodlawn and started shooting up a party attended by mostly gay Black males. Six people were shot when the gunmen opened fire on about 100 partygoers about 5:30 a.m. Two suffered serious injuries.

The police Civil Rights Unit is helping to determine if the shooting was a hate crime, but it has not been classified as such yet.

'Detectives are talking with witnesses and victims,' police spokeswoman Monique Bond told Windy City Times on Jan. 2. 'There's not enough information to support the hate-crime theory. However, there are a few more people who investigators are looking for.'

All six of the victims ( who were between 19 and 35 years old ) were taken to area hospitals. Two were listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the chest. The other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

In various interviews, local residents commented that the place was known to host gay events. During one interview with a local TV station, one person said that the neighborhood is straight and that gays should live in the suburbs.

Ken Gunn, first deputy commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, condemned the crime. 'The first thing that entered my mind is, 'How sick is that?,'' he told Windy City Times. 'We're all sickened and saddened by it. For us, the shootings are deplorable—and are more disturbing if they were motivated by discrimination based on sexual orientation.'

Gunn said that the commission has talked with the police department but added that more needs to be done. 'We need to talk about doing outreach in the community, now that there is [ possibly ] this element of fear,' he said.

Father Tommy Avant Garde, of Chicago's House of Avant Garde ( a ball culture house ) , told Windy City Times in an e-mail that he and other people plan on talking with aldermen while the issue 'is still fresh.'

'We don't want the gay residents to feel like that they have to run from their homes,' he added, fearing that—because the situation involves young African-American same-sex-loving men—it will just 'blow away.'

Windy City Times contacted 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris but she had not responded by the time this issue went to press.

Anyone with information should contact Calumet Area detectives at 312-747-8271.


This article shared 4394 times since Wed Jan 3, 2007
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

LGBTQ+ and allied organizations rally against bigotry and hate 2022-04-28
- A statewide coalition of LGBTQ+ and allied organizations held a press conference and rally April 27 in Chicago's Federal Plaza in response to the wave of nationwide bigotry and hate against the queer and trans community, ...


Gay News

Preckwinkle, Britton launch 'Cook County Unites Against Hate' 2022-04-25
-- From a press release - (Cook County, IL) —Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined 14th District Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton to launch a new campaign to show Cook County is a welcoming place for all: "Cook County United ...


Gay News

Inaugural Trans Visibility Pageant takes place in Chicago 2022-04-03
- To acknowledge the International Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31), the inaugural "Trans Visibility Pageant: Standing Up to Hate" was held at the Kehrein Center for the Arts. The trans-led social-services organization Life Is Work hosted ...


Gay News

Lynching now a federal hate crime 2022-03-30
- After multiple failed attempts that spanned more than a century, there is now a federal law that designates lynching as a hate crime, NPR reported. In a March 29 ceremony at the White House, President Joe Biden signed ...


Gay News

Jussie Smollett receives sentence for reporting fake hate crime; Kim Foxx responds [UPDATE] 2022-03-10
- More than three years after reporting a homophobic and racist hate crime against himself that a jury ruled he faked, Cook County Court Judge James Linn sentenced embattled actor Jussie Smollett to ...


Gay News

Soccer Board moves to ban hateful chants, urges formalized policy 2022-03-04
-- From a NCLR press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Today, the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors passed a resolution to adopt a ban on discriminatory chants at all soccer matches sanctioned by U.S. Soccer. The Board will need to convert the ...


Gay News

Smollett seeks new trial or not-guilty verdict 2022-02-28
- Embattled actor/singer Jussie Smollett filed paperwork seeking either a new trial in Chicago or a not-guilty verdict two months after he was convicted of falsely reporting a hate crime against himself in 2019 that supposedly happened ...


Gay News

WORLD Russia, hate crimes in Israel, Gus Kenworthy, Indian state 2022-02-27
- The Russian government made an unsuccessful attempt to shut down one of the country's largest and most prominent LGBTQ-rights groups, but human rights advocates say there are likely more attempts on the horizon, NBC News noted. ...


Gay News

Fairy Stud Mother, Stud Model Project normalizing images of masculine-presenting people 2022-02-08
- While she was growing up, Teresa Morcho "didn't have the words" to describe the masculine parts of her identity. She just knew she hated wearing her white Confirmation dress so much that she showed up to ...


Gay News

Smollett to be sentenced March 10 2022-01-28
- On Jan. 27, a judge set an in-person sentencing hearing for March 10 for embattled actor Jussie Smollett (Alien Covenant; TV's Empire), who was convicted by a jury last December of faking a hate crime attack ...


Gay News

Global reports show pervasiveness of conversion therapy info 2022-01-12
- Two reports released from the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) expose how tech companies have failed to de-platform anti-LGBTQ+ conversion therapy disinformation and ban providers pushing the discredited ...


Gay News

VIEWS Hoarders 2022-01-10
- One TV program that I alternately love and hate is Hoarders. The producers send a team of psychologists, organizers and laborers into a person's home and they all work (and argue) about cleaning the place up ...


Gay News

VIEWS Will Smollett's hoax affect public perception of hate crimes? 2021-12-13
- Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett was recently found guilty on five of the six counts of felony disorderly conduct for concocting an elaborate racist and homophobic assault against himself. Each Class 4 felony count can land ...


Gay News

Smollett guilty on five counts 2021-12-09
- After over nine hours of deliberation, a jury found actor Jussie Smollett guilty Dec. 9 of faking an anti-gay hate crime against himself in Streeterville on Jan. 2019, according to multiple reports. Smollett was guilty of ...


Gay News

Jussie Smollett takes stand on own behalf, alleges bathhouse visit with witness 2021-12-06
- On Dec. 6, former Empire actor Jussie Smollett testified in his own defense that he paid $3,500 to a friend for a fitness plan for him, not to arrange a fake hate-crime beating on himself, The ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.