BY Madison N Nunes
on May 01, 2015
Haters gonna hate, but the members of The Prancing Elite aren’t letting that stop them. “When you’re a Prancing Elite, you come in fighting,” member Adrian Clemons, 24, told Kevin Fallon about the criticism the troupe faces dancing in their hometown of Mobile, Alabama. Suffice to say it isn't easy to be black or gay or both in certain red states.
In order to counter bigotry and keep fighting that good fight, the Prancing Elites teamed up with PFLAG to create a PSA. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 29, 2012
Mallory Owens, a 23-year-old Alabama woman, has been released from the hospital after being brutally beaten by her girlfriend’s 18-year-old brother, Travis Hawkins, during Thanksgiving dinner at the Hawkins’ home.
Owens suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones, and had to have facial reconstruction surgery with metal plates put in her cheekbones due to the severity of her injuries.
Owens’s family has said that the beating was a hate crime, and that Hawkins beat Mallory because Mallory is a lesbian. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 24, 2012
Yesterday we reported an apparent hate crime on Sharmeka Moffitt, a 20-year-old from Louisiana, who was allegedly set on fire by three men who then scrawled ‘KKK’ on her vehicle. Well, in a completely bizarre and unexpected twist, Louisiana authorities reported that Sharmeka confessed to setting herself on fire and fabricated the story about the three men attacking her.
Sharmeka, who is currently in the hospital in critical condition, confessed to setting herself on fire and putting ‘KKK’ and a racial slur onto her car with toothpaste. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 23, 2012
On Sunday night, 20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt was walking through a park in northeastern Lousiana when three men approached her, covered her in flammable liquid, and set her on fire. Sharmeka put out the flames with a spigot and called 911. She suffered burns to over half of her body and was still in the hospital in critical condition as of yesterday.
The three men also wrote the letters ‘KKK’ and a racial slur on her car in a paste-like substance. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Jul 25, 2012
On Sunday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported on a horrific hate crime against a woman in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was attacked in her home by three masked men who bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, cut her body, and carved homophobic slurs into her skin. They then doused her floor with gasoline and lit a match. The woman proceeded to crawl from her house to a neighbor's doorstep, bleeding, naked and screaming for help.
The community was outraged, and that same night, a vigil was organized outside the Capitol, attended by hundreds bearing candles and rainbow flags. Read More